Future bright for Katarina Johnson-Thompson, says athletics chief

Neil Black insists Katarina Johnson-Thompson is maturing and can’t hide his excitement about what the future holds for her

Sportsbeat
By Sportsbeat
johnson-thompson
Team GB's Katarina Johnson-Thompson Photo: J Thurston/Wikimedia

British Athletics performance director Neil Black insists Katarina Johnson-Thompson is maturing and can’t hide his excitement about what the future holds for her after her World Indoor Championship silver in Poland.

Johnson-Thompson, a heptathlon specialist, didn’t earn selection for the pentathlon in Sopot due to illness while she was overlooked for a wild card but channelled her efforts into the long jump and won silver.

The 21-year-old leapt a personal best of 6.81m that had her in gold medal position for two rounds before Eloyse Lesueur of France recorded a distance of 6.85m to overthrow her and win the world indoor title.

That was one of six medals won by Britain in Poland – Richard Kilty with 60m gold, the men’s 4x400m quartet silver and the women’s bronze along with Tiffany Porter and Andrew Osagie.

And with a busy summer ahead, performance director Black cannot wait to see what Johnson-Thompson, 15th at the London 2012 Olympics and fifth at last year’s outdoor World Championships in Moscow, delivers next.

She’s going to be a great multi-events athlete

Neil Black

“She’s just outstanding. Katarina and her coach Mike Holmes have got a brilliant working relationship. They are calm, targeted, focused on the events,” said Black.

“They took it on the chin when she wasn’t selected for the pentathlon and she has come back and shown everyone what she can do.

“I think she really is turning into a mature athlete who I think we can genuinely expect is going to be competitive at the highest level in the future.

“She’s going to be a great multi-events athlete. She is obviously world standard in individual events. We are all really, really optimistic about what she can produce going forwards.

“I have worked with her closely both as a therapist and as the performance director and she’s just sensible, responsive – exactly what you would expect to happen.”

MORE:

MORE: The latest football news

MORE: The latest tennis news

BIOGRAPHY: Daniel Sturridge

BIOGRAPHY: Kepa Arrizabalaga

The Sport Review
ATP Awards: Federer, Nadal and Djokovic headline nominees again, but fresh names emerge
The Sport Review
Take a tour of Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning house in Madrid
The Sport Review
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house with us
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
The Sport Review
Gary Lineker sends message to Mo Salah after Liverpool FC beat Huddersfield
The Sport Review
Paul Merson makes worrying Chelsea FC claim about Eden Hazard’s form
The Sport Review
Arsene Wenger sends warning to Arsenal about Aaron Ramsey situation