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Katarina Johnson-Thompson shines at the Anniversary Games as Jessica Ennis-Hill struggles in the long jump

July 23,2016 23:25

If you were to have asked any betting man who they would back to triumph in Rio prior to the Muller Anniversary Games this weekend, the overwhelming chances are they would have said Ennis-Hill. That was before Johnson-Thompson cleared an outdoor ...


The Johnson-Thompson who had previously had such amazing things predicted of her was back, as shown in her smile afterwards. But when it came to predicting who will triumph when it matters most next month, she was determined not to read too much in to her performances in the past two days.
“Jess is still the favourite for Rio,” she insisted. “She's done consistent scores in all her single events, she's a championship performer and she’s defending champion.
“But I do feel ready now. I know I can do it – it's just about consistency. I've just got to go home and work on the other events because I can't forget about them.
“I’ve come out of that brilliantly and I feel like when I'm 100 per cent healthy I can do anything.”
Asked if she felt the long jump scars that have blighted her since Beijing were gone after posting a brilliant series of six jumps all over her previous season’s best, Johnson-Thompson was unequivocal: “Yes. Yes I do,” she said.
“I didn't want to get any no-jumps, to show I’m consistent. The wind was changing a little bit but I know I can change things. Last year I felt I couldn't change anything in Beijing.”
In addition to seeing off Shara Proctor, Britain’s long jump world silver medallist from last summer, Johnson-Thompson also left Ennis-Hill in her wake on Saturday with the defending Olympic heptathlon champion well below par with a best effort of 6.19m.

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