IAAF World Indoor Championships all about DQs

Video Elaine Thompson competes in the women’s 60m semis. – Ian Allen

Johnson-Thompson was playing down expectations ahead of the IAAF World Indoor Championships - a series of near-misses, or frustrating opportunities squandered, does that to you - but this was an exercise in consistency, box-ticking and ensuring she kept her place out in front of the chasing pack when it mattered. She has also struggled with illness this week.

In the men's 60m hurdles heats, Britain's two athletes got safely through to the semi-finals with European indoor champion Andrew Pozzi confirming his position as one of the favourites with the fastest time of the five races.

Johnson-Thompson moved into first place with a leap of 6.50 meters to top the long-jump standings, which afforded her a lead of around two seconds going into the 800.

"You have to believe it in order to do it, it's been a long time coming so it's so special to me".

Leading a U.S. one-two ahead of IAAF World Indoor Tour victor Christina Manning, world 100m hurdles record-holder Harrison won a golden first major medal, after she missed out on the Rio Olympics and finished fourth at the world championships in London a year ago.

Kszczot's is the first medal for the Poles at the competition in Birmingham.

She cleared 4.90 meters, beating her personal best of 4.87 meters.

"Never for one moment have we ever thought the indoors were going to be easy".

The secret to success was her consistency - with solid results in the 60m hurdles (8.36sec) and high jump (1.91m), followed by an indoor personal best of 12.68m in the shot put, her weakest event. Yorgelis Rodriguez of Cuba was third, 113 points behind Johnson-Thompson.

She then delivered in the 800m, winning in 2:16.63 to ease out Austria's Ivona Dadic who took bronze with the Cuban clinching silver.

If the talent isn't there, no amount of willpower will conjure up a run to rival the world's best, and we saw once again how at this level any slight under-performance is amplified.

After untying the anchor that has weighed on her neck throughout her senior career, Katarina Johnson-Thompson has set her intentions on replacing it with an Olympic heptathlon gold medal. I was talking to him before the race, saying, 'Please Dad, help me in the race.' I couldn't get a gold medal when he was alive.

"After the last couple of years there was no pressure on me because I have not done too well", Johnson-Thompson said.

There will be those who point to the absentees with Nafi Thiam, Carolin Schafer and Anouk Vetter - the heptathlon 1-2-3 in London - all missing from this field.

"Yesterday in the heats I wasn't that good but today I had the attention and it all came together".



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