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Johnson-Thompson takes long jump silver

ESPN staff
March 9, 2014
Katarina Johnson-Thompson jumped a personal best of 6.81 metres © Getty Images

Katarina Johnson-Thompson secured the first major medal of her career by taking long jump silver at the World Indoor Championships in Sopot.

Having led after the second round after jumping a personal best of 6.81 metres, Great Britain's Johnson-Thompson lost out to France's Eloyse Lesueur (6.85m).

Johnson-Thompson was competing in the event having been unable to qualify for the pentathlon due of illness.

"I can't believe I won my first medal in an event not my own," Johnson Thompson told BBC Sport. "It feels incredible. I came here with no expectations."

"I was winning at one point, but Lesueur was the best today. I couldn't respond to her 6.85m.

"I'm still very much a pentathlete-heptathlete. The heptathlon is what I want to concentrate on in the summer. The Commonwealth Games is my main focus and hopefully I'll do the long jump or high jump at the Europeans."

There was also silver for Britain's men's 4x400m relay team, while the women's team won bronze, as did Andrew Osagie in the 800m. Osagie was promoted to third after Marcin Lewandowski was disqualified.

Christine Ohuruogu held off a strong challenge from Russia on the final leg to secure bronze for the women's 4x400m team. The United States took gold in 3:24.83, with Jamaica second.

Nigel Levine then stayed ahead of Jamaica's Edino Steele on the final leg of the men's 4x400m in the last race of the three-day competition. The team set a season's best time of 3:03.49 while winners USA set a new world indoor record of 3:02.13.

Elsewhere, Holly Bleasdale finished ninth in the pole vault, failing to clear 4.65m.

Asha Philip was fourth in the women's 60m final, with Jamaica's Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce winning in 6.98 seconds.

In the men's 60m hurdles final, Andrew Pozzi and Will Sharman missed out on the medals, finishing fourth and seventh respectively. American Omo Osaghae took gold in 7.45 secs.

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