Katarina Johnson-Thompson wins gold with new personal best

Last Updated: 01/06/14 4:11pm

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Katarina Johnson-Thompson: won the event by 41 points

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: won the event by 41 points

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Britain's Katarina Johnson-Thompson claimed heptathlon gold with a personal best in the prestigious Hypo-Meeting in Gotzis.

Victory in the 800 metres saw the 21-year-old Liverpudlian pip Canada's Brianne Theisen-Eaton to gold by 41 points, 6,682 to 6,641, with the same pair expected to challenge one another in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer in the absence of Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Johnson-Thompson had sat second overnight in this event - the annual IAAF World Combined Events Challenge which boasts a field far stronger than that expected at the Commonwealths - but moved into first by winning the long jump in the first of Sunday's events, jumping 6.70 metres to Theisen-Eaten's 6.59.

The Canadian reclaimed top spot in the javelin, but Johnson-Thompson's new personal best of 41.44m in the event left her primed ahead of her favoured 800 metres and she duly delivered.

There was even more encouraging news for Britain with 17-year-old Morgan Lake finishing in 17th place, having also set a personal best in the javelin as she broke the 6,000 points mark with 6,081.

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