Katarina Johnson-Thompson wins first heptathlon title in three years


Katarina Johnson-Thompson claimed her first heptathlon title in three years after successfully defending her Commonwealth Games crown.

The 29-year-old triumphed with 6377 points ahead of Northern Ireland’s Kate O’Connor, who took silver, and England team-mate Jade O’Dowda, who finished third in Birmingham.

It’s Johnson-Thompson’s first win since winning the world title in 2019 after recovering from at least one career-threatening injury.

A ruptured Achilles tendon threatened her Olympic dream last year and although she made it to Tokyo, she suffered a serious calf injury in the 200m and had to retire.

Her injury nightmare left her unable to defend her world title in Eugene last month and finished eighth as Nafi Thiam reclaimed the crown after losing to Johnson-Thompson in Doha in 2019.

But at the Alexanderstadion she ended her wait for a win.

Johnson-Thompson led overnight and held on to a 122-point lead after Wednesday morning’s long jump.

She then cemented her lead with a stunning personal best of 44.33m in the javelin, one of her weaker disciplines, and brought her to the brink of gold.

It gave her a 136-point lead over O’Connor of Northern Ireland as she went into the final 800m and she ran a two-minute 13.93 to finish second in the race and secure the overall win. Katarina Johnson-Thompson wins first heptathlon title in three years

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