Johnson-Thompson wins gold in Tampere as GB set championship record in relay

Summary of the final day of action at the European Under-23 Championships where GB added seven medals to the haul

Katarina Johnson-Thompson (Mark Shearman)

She might not have competed in a heptathlon since the London Olympics last summer but Katarina Johnson-Thompson (pictured) proved her form by building on an overnight lead to claim victory at the European Under-23 Championships in Tampere on Sunday.

Having suffered an injury in May, the 20-year-old admitted she wasn’t sure she’d be able to hit this sort of standard at all this season. But Johnson-Thompson’s 6215 points makes for her third best-ever performance, her PB currently standing at 6267 points claimed in the Olympic Stadium last summer when she finished 15th at the Games in London.

“I haven’t had a chance to see where my fitness is at so coming into this competition I was very nervous because I didn’t know what shape I was in,” Johnson-Thompson told British Athletics following the two days of competition.

“It’s a huge relief and I can look forward to Moscow. That’s a current World Championship ‘A’ standard so I’m really happy with that.”

A leap of 6.39m in the long jump was followed by a best throw of 36.61m in the javelin, giving her a 195 point lead going into the final event of the competition, the 800m. Finishing second in her race with a 2:15.88 clocking Johnson-Thompson secured victory ahead of Germany’s Kira Biesenbach (5946) and Anastasiya Mokhnyuk of the Ukraine (5898).

Further gold for GB came in the men’s 4x100m relay as a quartet of Deji Tobais, Daniel Talbot, Dannish Walker-Khan and Adam Gemili set a championship record en route to victory thanks to their 38.77 clocking. There was only four hundredths of a second in it, as Poland secured silver with 38.81 and Spain claimed bronze with 38.87.

The women’s 4x100m relay also added to the medal tally for GB as Annie Tagoe, Corinne Humphreys, Rachel Johncock and Jodie Williams stormed to silver in 43.83 behind Germany who ran a championship record 43.29.

The 1500m races were the first events of the day on the track and Serbia’s Amela Terzić claimed gold in a championship and national record 4:05.69 in a women’s race that saw GB’s Laura Muir claim bronze in 4:08.19. The men’s race followed and Charlie Grice claimed another medal for GB, running 3:44.41 for silver behind winner Pieter-Jan Hannes (3:43.83).

The women’s 5000m was next up on track and Turkish runner Gamze Bulut set a personal best of 15:45.03 to claim victory ahead of a field including GB’s Kate Avery who won bronze thanks to her 15:54.07 clocking. Also adding to the medal tally for Britain was Allan Smith who jumped a personal best 2.26m to claim joint bronze in a men’s high jump competition won by Douwe Amels of the Netherlands (2.28mPB).

» For full results from Tampere so far see here

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