Katerina Johnson-Thompson eyes Olympic glory after World Championships gold

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Katerina Johnson-Thompson will target Olympic gold after winning the heptathlon at the World Athletics Championships in Doha.

Johnson-Thompson notched four lifetime bests in seven disciplines as she trounced Olympic champ Nafi Thiam by 304 points to be crowned world champion.

Her 6,981-point haul catapulted her into favouritism for next year’s Tokyo Olympics as she broke Jess Ennis-Hill’s British record.

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Katarina Johnson-Thompson is the new world heptathlon champion and will target the Olympics next year
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It also moved her into sixth on the all-time list.

And she says she “wants more” as next year’s Olympics looms, as she revealed a change in attitude that finally led to her winning a global outdoor title to go with last year’s world indoor pentathlon gold.

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Katarina Johnson-Thompson wins the 800m
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“There’s a thing called score calculator that adds up all your points,” she told the BBC. “I’ve been doing different combinations of this my whole life, but for the last of year or so I’ve just chilled a bit with the predictions and I’ve just tried to compete.

“This is the result of so many attempts of trying to perform on this stage. It has been such a long road. But the low moments have helped me come back and look at myself. I think I’ve found the formula that works and I just want more.

“These whole two days because they’ve been so fast and it’s been at night time it’s actually felt like a dream. It’s just been unbelievable, I can’t believe this is the result. I’m so, so happy.”

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Johnson-Thompson says she wants to ‘build’ on her World Championship triumph
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Asked by Sky Sports about next year’s Olympics, Johnson-Thompson said: “It’s been a long season, I need a break! But I’m in a great place, I’ve got the right training, and I just want to build.”

London 2012 Olympic heptathlon champion Ennis-Hill hailed Johnson-Thompson , saying: “Nobody can doubt her now.

“She has faced the best in the world and come out on top.

“To come back and deliver in this way with all these personal bests is incredible.”

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