Katarina Johnson-Thompson ready for Commonwealth Games
Katarina Johnson-Thompson admits she couldn’t have asked for much more from the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix
Katarina Johnson-Thompson admits she couldn’t have asked for much more from the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix as she underlined her Commonwealth Games medal potential in some style.
Johnson-Thompson headed north of the border on Friday night in fine form having won the Hypo Meeting in Gotzis before equaling her long jump personal best at the Sainsbury’s British Championships last month.
After the latter the 21-year-old insisted she had plenty more to give and she backed that up at Glasgow’s Hampden Park as she smashed her personal best by 11cm to finish second with a best leap of 6.92m.
The jump couldn’t have been better timed considering Johnson-Thompson will be back out at Hampden Park in a little over a fortnight’s time for her Commonwealth Games debut.
And the Liverpool Harrier insists she can’t wait to return now after taking to the venue like a duck to water.
“I’m very happy with that. Coming into the competition I felt like I was in a bit of shape after the trials in Birmingham,” said Johnson-Thompson, who hopes to compete throughout the Summer Series – events proudly backed by long-term supporter Sainsbury’s.
“I thought I had a big jump in me coming into the stadium and I’ve done well, got a PB by 11cm, so I’m very happy.
“It helps me a lot [to come here before the Commonwealth Games start]. Before the Olympics, before the track was even laid, I went to stadium trying to visualise it, so coming here and seeing the stadium, the track, the call-up area and getting your bearings will be vital.
“I really like it here. They’ve done really well, I’ve never been here before, it’s only my second time in Glasgow, I’m happy with the way they’ve done the track and also the crowd.
“I feel in good shape, still three weeks left, so I’ll go back and do a bit of training and hopefully I can come back and do the same.”
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