British Indoor Athletics Championships: Katarina Johnson-Thompson claims second record of the weekend

Last Updated: 09/02/14 6:19pm

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Katarina Johnson Thompson: Enjoyed a double record-breaking weekend in Sheffield

Katarina Johnson Thompson: Enjoyed a double record-breaking weekend in Sheffield

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Heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson won her second UK indoor title in as many days with a record-breaking performance in the long jump.

After clearing 1.96 metres in the high jump on Saturday, breaking the previous British record, the 21-year-old from Liverpool leapt out to 6.75m in the long jump at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.

Sunday's distance was a stadium and championship record, ranking her second in the event in the world this year.

A second gold medal at the Sainsbury's British Athletics Indoor Championships also completed a high jump-long jump double achieved only once before at the event, by Mary Rand, the 1964 Olympic long jump champion, in 1966.

Johnson-Thompson enjoyed a sleepless night as she relived her glory from Saturday, before recording a fifth personal best of the year in the long jump to complete a delightful weekend.

"I couldn't be more happy with how the weekend has gone. I just want to be able to do all this in the heptathlon because that's my main event and that's all I care about."
Katarina Johnson Thompson

"It was better than I could have imagined," she said. "I didn't sleep last night, so I'm actually really tired now. My body's clearly in good shape, but I'm really tired so I didn't expect to come out and do that.

"I got to sleep about 1am and woke up about half four and couldn't get back to sleep. I was watching the British Athletics video they posted of me doing it (the high jump) in slo-mo and I couldn't sleep.

"I couldn't be more happy with how the weekend has gone. I just want to be able to do all this in the heptathlon because that's my main event and that's all I care about. I want to make major points in the heptathlon and see my overall score then, but it's looking good."

She has now qualified for both events at next month's World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland, although her focus is on qualifying for the pentathlon in a competition in Holland next weekend.

Youthful promise

Her form suggests the absence of the pregnant Jessica Ennis-Hill this year might not be quite as keenly felt as first thought.

Robbie Grabarz: Claimed high jump victory

It was a good day all round for British multi-eventers, with 16-year-old Morgan Lake breaking the great Carolina Kluft's world indoor pentathlon youth record in Sweden with a score of 4284.

Laura Muir, ranked No 1 in the world, won the 800m title to seal her qualification for the World Indoors.

The 20-year-old rising star of Scottish athletics kicked away from the field on the final lap to clock two minutes 06.04 seconds.

Dina Asher-Smith, 18, followed up her 60m silver on Saturday by winning the 200m title in a stadium record 23.20secs. The 200m is not run at the World Indoors, but Asher-Smith should still go to Poland in the 60m.

Chris Clarke won the men's 200m title in 20.68s while there was drama in both the 800m and 400m as winners Andrew Osagie and Luke Lennon-Ford were disqualified for running out of their lanes.

Olympic bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz and British pole vault record holder Luke Cutts will both be on the plane too. Grabarz won with a clearance of 2.24m, while Cutts cleared 5.65m to win a jump-off against Max Eaves.

Margaret Adeoye won the 400m in 52.77 to secure her place on the team, while Lee Emanuel sealed his 1500m spot with victory in 3:48.15.

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