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Sport Historic gold puts Katarina Johnson-Thompson on top of the world as she blows away champion Nafi Thiam to leap into record books

11:35  04 october  2019
11:35  04 october  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Katarina Mary Johnson - Thompson (born 9 January 1993) is a British track and field athlete specialising in the heptathlon. She won the gold medal at the 2019 World Championships

World Athletics Championships: Johnson - Thompson wins heptathlon gold – live! Johnson - Thompson had laid the groundwork on the opening day, setting personal bests in the By now Johnson - Thompson was sensing victory and a javelin PB of 43.93m meant that Thiam had to

Katarina Johnson-Thompson is in disbelief after securing gold in the heptathlon © Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images Katarina Johnson-Thompson is in disbelief after securing gold in the heptathlon

After all the squirming and falling and doubting and fouling, the Kat finally let herself out of the bag. The marvellous secret Katarina Johnson-Thompson kept hidden all this time was that she really was capable of being the best in the world.

Incredible, really. Astonishing. And bordering on the inconceivable. Not only because she has struggled so often with the aches of her body and the nags of her past results, but because she had to beat one of the giants of women's sport to do it.

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Johnson - Thompson saw off Olympic champion Nafi Thiam with ease for the win. Katarina Johnson - Thompson last night broke Jessica Ennis-Hill's British heptathlon record on her way to claiming remarkable gold medal Historic gold puts Katarina Johnson - Thompson on top of the

Katarina Johnson - Thompson admitted that the twin joys of beating Jessica Ennis-Hill’s British record and winning her first world championship heptathlon gold was “like a dream”. Few expected Johnson - Thompson to beat Nafi Thiam , who had not lost since May 2016, but she produced four

That being the great Nafi Thiam, the Olympic gold medallist from Belgium and now, as of Thursday night, the former world champion. It had been more than three years since the 25-year-old last lost a heptathlon, right back to May 2016, and by all sensible predictions that wasn't about to change.

But then she got taken apart, bit by bit, seven shades beaten out of her across seven events by a woman who said as recently as May that she felt like an 'impostor' among the elite. 

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If what Dina Asher-Smith achieved a night earlier was a fine rendition of a script, then the number Johnson-Thompson did on Thiam was a glorious tale of the unexpected.

The winning margin was 304 points, secured by an 800m personal best of 2:07.27, but the damage was done long before that final event. It was inflicted by sustained attacks of the highest quality, with further personal bests in the hurdles and, bogglingly, both the shot put and javelin. 

Where once it was quipped that she was a danger to herself with those latter instruments, Johnson-Thompson has learnt to throw respectable distances in the past two years and so, with only the 800m to go, she was 137 points clear. In English, that's a nine-second advantage over an athlete in Thiam whose personal best at the distance is eight seconds slower. In plainer English, game over.

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Rolling report: Will Katarina Johnson - Thompson fend off Nafi Thiam to strike gold for Britain? Nafi Thiam attempts her first throw of the day. It flies to around the 42 metre mark, but Thiam deliberately steps beyond the Katarina Johnson - Thompson goes for broke on the final jump and records a foul.

Katarina Johnson - Thompson was crowned world heptathlon champion with a truly brilliant A year later in Rio, she dropped out of the Olympic medals following the penultimate event, the javelin. Thiam had one successful attempt at the javelin and then out of nowhere, she walked off, zipped up

Johnson-Thompson's final tally was a remarkable 6,981 points. The British record, set by Jessica Ennis-Hill at London 2012? 6,955. Winning in Doha will never carry the same tariff as what Ennis-Hill did as the face of a home Olympics, but by all other metrics the 26-year-old deserves to avoid those comparisons.

After all the injuries from 2014 to 2016, and all the flopped performances from 2015 to 2017, she is out of that shadow, a slog of a decade on from winning the world junior title. She used to be a cruel punchline; now she is the reigning Commonwealth champion, world indoor champion, European indoor champion and, wonderfully, world champion.

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The nuts and bolts of the win were desperately impressive. Her 13.09sec run in the hurdles and 13.86m throw in the shot sat with a season's best 23.08sec in the 200m and a very strong 1.95m clearance in the high jump. Those opening four disciplines put her on 4,138 points, 96 clear of Thiam, who always comes on strong on day two.

This time, having had calf and elbow problems all year, she didn't. She was a mix of good and decent all day and by her standards, that is mediocre to poor. A Championships calls for personal bests and she had none.

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Katarina Johnson - Thompson celebrates her gold medal ( Getty ). Johnson - Thompson won the long jump with a leap of 6.77m – well ahead of Thiam ’s 6.35m – which Johnson - Thompson ’s new personal best of 43.93m gave her a virtually unassailable 137-point lead heading into the 800m. Meanwhile, world record holder and defending champion Kevin Mayer of France pulled out of the

Katarina Johnson - Thompson claimed heptathlon silver at the European Championships after finishing only 57 Yet Johnson - Thompson continued to fight, and in the first round of the javelin she launched a personal best To win gold she needed to motor round the 800m 13.5 seconds faster than Thiam .

Johnson-Thompson started day two by leaping 6.77m in the long jump – her best ever under the fatigue conditions of a heptathlon – while Thiam managed only 6.40m, well down on her best. 

Katarina Johnson-Thompson holding a sign: Holding the flag of Great Britain aloft, cameras snapped away as she celebrated her success © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Holding the flag of Great Britain aloft, cameras snapped away as she celebrated her success Katarina Johnson-Thompson standing in front of a crowd: KJT held off her formidable rival in Doha, Belgian Olympic gold medallist Nafi Thiam (centre) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited KJT held off her formidable rival in Doha, Belgian Olympic gold medallist Nafi Thiam (centre)

That opened the lead to 216 points and the question was how much of it would bleed out during the javelin. But Thiam managed only 48.04m, 11m short of her best, and Johnson-Thompson threw a personal best of 43.93m. She had met the challenge and battered it and battered it some more with another lifetime mark in the 800m.

Only the hard of feeling wouldn't be delighted for her after her battles. She was a mess after blowing a medal-winning position with three long jump fouls at the worlds in 2015, and she capitulated amid injury to sixth at Rio 2016 having held bronze through five stages. Her physical and mental robustness was written off.

But how premature. And how wise that move to France in 2017, away from the comforts provided by her mother in Liverpool. The lift has been remarkable and so have the gold medals, though none had come against Thiam. That has now been settled.

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