& # 039; I have reached a turning point. Now I can do it, & # 039; says Johnson-Thompson after the boost to the silver medal

  Katarina Johnson-Thompson took a silver medal in a promising night in Berlin for the GB team

& # 39; I have reached a turning point. Now I can do it, "says Katarina Johnson-Thompson after the boost to the silver medal

  • She was defeated by Nafi Thiam in the European Championship
  • The 25 year old took the silver in a fascinating fight with his rival Nafi Thiam
  • British Heptathlete believes he can compete for world honors next season

Riath Al-samarrai for The Mail on Sunday

Britain's top multistate, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, is confident that she has reached a turning point in her career and can compete for world honors next season after finding a way to block the doubts that held her back.

Based on his impressive performances in obtaining a European heptathlon silver medal in Berlin this week, the odds are finally narrowing one day by finding a way beyond Nafi Thiam.

The best personal score of Johnson-Thompson, of 6,759 points, only 57 below Thiem, and quite apart from Carolin Schafer in third place, has raised the expectations for the second half of this Olympic cycle of Tokyo 2020.

  Katarina Johnson-Thompson took a silver medal in a promising night in Berlin for the GB team

Katarina Johnson-Thompson took a silver medal in a promising night in Berlin for the GB team

The challenge for & # 39; KJT & # 39; to really beat Thiam, the world and Olympic champion of Belgium, is still discouraging, of course. Thiam showed here that she is almost imperturbable in the hottest moments of a championship.

But the new hope for Johnson-Thompson, 25, is that he never once seemed psychologically depressed, as he has done so many times before. The women's shots from Liverpool – 13.09 meters in the shot put and a javelin beyond the 42 meters – show signs of progress.

She will go to the World Championship in Doha next year as a serious contender. Johnson-Thompson said last night: & # 39; I feel like I can do it. It has given me confidence that I can be competitive. I feel like I can win.

Johnson-Thompson was overtaken by the Belgian opposition Nafissatou Thiam

Johnson-Thompson was overtaken by the Belgian opposition Nafissatou Thiam

Johnson-Thompson was overtaken by the Belgian opposition Nafissatou Thiam

"I've been working on it for years and have finally clicked in. It's been going very well in training, but I've never been able to get it out." Some of my training pitches were not good and I figured out how to change and that's very important. It's about not panicking. I feel like it's a turning point, that I've figured out how to do it. "

The performance of Johnson-Thompson in Berlin, behind the backs of the golds in the indoor world and Commonwealth Games earlier this year, serves as a vindication of his transfer in 2016 to a new training team in Montpelier, France.

"It's hard to get away from my family, but I can see why I do it," he said. I know I can progress to be the best with them. It is paying off.

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