World Athletics Championships: Katarina Johnson-Thompson targets gold


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Great Britains Katarina Johnson-Thompson hopes to have eradicated because she starts her bid to win world heptathlon gold on 28, the mistakes that have previously cost her.
The 26-year-old is among Britain medal hopes in the World Championships but has yet to claim a podium finish at a global occasion that is outdoor.
She needs no repeat of the mistakes at Rio 2016 Beijing 2015 and London 2017.
I must be in my best if I want to win, said the Liverpool athlete.
I expect so [that errors are over]. Apparently, you cant know with the heptathlon – you can find so many unique opportunities to have these slip-ups.
You really can get bad performances and very great performances. Unfortunately, with the level the occasion is at in the moment, a slip will cost you awards – even if its only a small one – because you have to be at your very best.
While below par performances in the shot put and javelin cost her a trophy at the Rio Olympics in 2016 johnson-Thompson finished well down to the heptathlon field after three fouls at the long jump in the 2015 Worlds.
At the 2017 Worlds, Johnson-Thompson said shewithdrew 200 points by just clearing 1.80m at the heptathlon. By contrast, when competing at the individual high jump event, she stripped 1.95m.
The fortunes of Johnson-Thompson began to turn after she first won the world indoor pentathlon name, before incorporating Commonwealth gold and silver European silver.
The gold medallist in Berlin has been the seemingly immovable Nafissatou Thiam, who is also the present world and Olympic champion.
The Belgian went farther than Johnson-Thompson from the long jump, which will be among the favoured events of those Briton.
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I am only trying to be sure I am consistent every time I step on to this track and that my prep and also my training is consistent, Johnson-Thompson added.
All I can do is be constant across the event and expect for a major performance here and see what happens.
Denise Lewis, Britains Sydney 2000 Olympic heptathlon champion, told BBC Sport itll benip and tuck for the title most of the way between Johnson-Thompson along with Thiam.
We have to presume Thiam is becoming better, although we know she has a knee problem, Lewis explained. But theres nothing to suggest she is not in tip-top shape.
Itll be nip and tuck all of the way. If Kat chooses and believes her chances there might be a little upset, but she might need to avoid any errors. Someone is likely to make an error though and she needs to be ready to pounce
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