Who is Katarina Johnson-Thompson and can she win gold at the Commonwealth Video games?

KATARINA JOHNSON-THOMPSON final month claimed World Indoor pentathlon gold in Birmingham with 50 factors to spare over nearest rival Ivona Dadic.

Now she has set her sights on including one other gold on this yr’s Commonwealth Video games.

 Katarina Johnson-Thompson finally tasted glory on the global stage with victory in the pentathlon at the 2018 World Indoior Championships

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Katarina Johnson-Thompson lastly tasted glory on the international stage with victory in the pentathlon at the 2018 World Indoior Championships

In Birmingham the horrors of current international campaigns have been forgotten as she got here out on prime over 5 disciplines.

Admittedly she was up towards a average subject however 25-yr-previous Kat nonetheless lapped up an immense victory.

Her mother and father are referred to as Tracey and Ricardo, who is from the Bahamas.

She grew up in Liverpool and attended Catholic High Faculty. A few of her early funding got here from the Wells Athletic Basis.

Ever since Kat turned European Underneath-23 heptathlon champion 5 years in the past the Liverpudlian was anticipated to inherit the multi-eventing throne of Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Till Friday that superb night time in Birmingham a number of weeks in the past she had been eclipsed by Olympic and world champion Nafi Thiam.

However she reigned supreme after the 60m hurdles, excessive bounce, shot put, lengthy bounce and 800m.

In Beijing in 2008, and then London and Rio poor Kat suffered Olympic heartache that much less strong characters wouldn’t have recovered.

However she lastly got here up with an entire efficiency, having relocated to France to vary her teaching set-up in 2017.

 Kat has set her heart on Olympic glory - after she cleans up at the Commonwealth Games

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Kat has set her coronary heart on Olympic glory – after she cleans up at the Commonwealth Video games
 It looks as though there is nothing to stop Kat now with her new-found confidence

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It seems to be as if there is nothing to cease Kat now together with her new-discovered confidence

Kat was fifteenth at London 2012 and then fifth at the 2013 World Championships.

In the lengthy bounce she was the 2012 World Junior champion and the 2014 World Indoor silver medallist. In 2015 she turned the European Indoor pentathlon champion with a British document of 5000 factors.

She additionally holds each British excessive leap data, outside with a peak of 1.98m at the 2016 Olympic Video games, indoor with a peak of 1.ninety seven m at the 2015 British Indoor Athletics Championships.

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Kat is additionally the British indoor lengthy leap report holder with a distance of 6.93m, ending sixth in the 2016 Olympic Video games and fifth in the 2017 World Championships.

In profitable her current world indoor title Kat recorded a season's better of four,750 factors.

In her personal phrases, Kat says: "I fought to the finish and I’m very proud.

"I knew it was psychological in the incontrovertible fact that typically in my coaching I used to be so much higher than I used to be in competitors.

“And it’s nonetheless the case. Nevertheless it’s about not giving up after one throw, and understanding I can work on this and I can get higher.

"Now I would like extra. I simply need this to be the begin.”

She definitely ought to do given the weak spot of the area. However nobody is going to fret about that if she stands on prime of the winner's podium at the Gold Coast sporting the Staff England vest.

KATARINA JOHNSON-THOMPSON final month claimed World Indoor pentathlon gold in Birmingham with 50 factors to spare over nearest rival Ivona Dadic.

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