It was a magical night for Katarina Johnson-Thompson (coach: Bertrand Valcin) as she secured her first ever senior world title in spectacular style.
The evening started very well for the Liverpool Harrier who leaped 6.50m twice – the opening and closing round – to earn 1007 points to take a narrow lead into the final event, 33 points ahead of Austria’s Ivona Dadic.
Knowing she had to stay with Dadic and Yorgelis Rodriguez over 800m to confirm the gold, the Liverpool Harrier watched every move as the race developed and bided her time. As the bell tolled, she moved around the outside to place herself at the front of the pack. Despite the Austrian silver medallists’ best efforts, she could not go past KJT who held on, crossing the line first to secure her title.
World Indoor gold adds to the European Indoor title from 2015, but this was Johnson-Thompson’s finest moment of her young career so far.
“I can’t believe it; I’ve dreamt of this for so long and to do it here at a home world championship is incredible. It has been a long time coming but I am finally a senior world champion, so I am so happy. I just wanted my family to actually see me achieve something.
“It has been up and down; a long old day but the crowd have really pushed me on. Thanks to them for coming out in the snow, they got me around that 800m.
“The shot put went best for me. I’m so happy because my warm-up wasn’t good but I got an indoor PB which I was delighted with. It is an event I struggle with so to get a PB was amazing. It has been a really fun day.”