Katarina Johnson-Thompson complies with silver and Nafi Thiam obtains gold

Katarina Johnson-Thompson enjoys her silver medal at the European Championships in Berlin

Sometimes the opposition is too good. And just for that reason, Katarina Johnson-Thompson will reflect this morning on the silver ornaments of her trip to Berlin instead of celebrating a golden trophy.

Could I have done much more to stop Nafi Thiam? Possibly, if you were to rummage through the nits, maybe in your good but little spectacular high jump on Thursday.

Would an additional notch have made much difference? Probably not, since the brilliant Belgian responded every time Johnson-Thompson applied pressure in two fascinating days.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson enjoys her silver medal at the European Championships in Berlin

Katarina Johnson-Thompson enjoys her silver medal at the European Championships in Berlin

With each increase in British hope, the world and the Olympic champion returned with deflating force exhibitions, especially in yesterday's long jump and javelin.

For a time in each of those disciplines, Johnson-Thompson looked like he was going to be in a juicy position before the final 800 meters, but twice he woke the bear, with Thiam excitingly converting an 87-point deficit overnight into a 192- advantage of the point that enters the end.

That left Johnson-Thompson requiring a 13.5-second victory over Thiam to recover gold in death, but for all the top 25-year talents in that final discipline, it was always a remote possibility.

The best he could achieve was just under 10 seconds with a run of 2: 09.84 and that was it, another title for Thiam, the best athlete in the world at the moment, and a silver for Johnson-Thompson to sit next to the inner world and Commonwealth Golds Games in a season of coming of age.

The Liverpool athlete emerges clear to reach 800 meters, the final event of the heptathlon

The Liverpool athlete emerges clear to reach 800 meters, the final event of the heptathlon

The Liverpool athlete emerges clear to reach 800 meters, the final event of the heptathlon

Those previous golds scored against a much smaller opposition; this silver came in the strongest field of any event in these European Championships, against the same women who will be the main contenders in the world championships next year and Tokyo 2020 thereafter.

So, while most Johnson-Thompson heptathones have been followed up with painful inquiries about the deficiencies of his mind and his throws, this is a totally more exciting signifier of his position.

For starters, his best personal count of 6759 – only 57 with Thiam – needs a broader context, meaning he was higher than two of the three scores with which Jessica Ennis-Hill won world titles.

The reigning world and Olympic champion Nafi Thiam was left with 57 points

The reigning world and Olympic champion Nafi Thiam was left with 57 points

The reigning world and Olympic champion Nafi Thiam was left with 57 points

The real boost this time came from the lack of implosions in the pitches and the high levels he achieved in the other five. He was 0.05 seconds from his personal mark on the obstacles, he shared the victory in the high jump with Thiam, although he felt that the 1.91m should have been improved, and delivered his furthest shot in a heptathlon with 13.09m.

He lost ground, but not as much as usual. His 200 meters of 19.88 seconds were the best ever recorded in a European Championship of heptathlon, and with him the Liverpool athlete had an advantage overnight.

In the long jump came the first of Thiam's counterattacks. Johnson-Thompson increased the pressure with a final jump of 6.68 m, the longest in heptathlon and 23 cm in Thiam.

But Thiam returned with 6.60m and what would have been an advantage of 162 points after five events became a 113 much more slender.

It was a similar story in the javelin, where Johnson-Thompson stopped the usual bleeding that accompanies his throws with a better personal 42.16m, which seemed very useful in the light of Thiam hitting a bit below his weight at 53.55m for two releases.

If it had stayed that way, Johnson-Thompson would have been almost par-golden odds; instead, Thiam pulled a championship record of 57.91m with his last shot and opened enough to take the stamina at 800 meters.

Johnson-Thompson established a better personal points count to win the silver, but still did not reach Thiam

Johnson-Thompson established a better personal points count to win the silver, but still did not reach Thiam

Johnson-Thompson established a better personal points count to win the silver, but still did not reach Thiam

Still, Johnson-Thompson quarreled before leaving with money and an inestimable idea that Thiam is not invincible.

Previously, the 4x400m men's relay team qualified faster for tonight's final, while the women went through the second quickest. Dina Asher-Smith qualified quicker for the 200m final tonight with Dafne Schippers, and joined Loughborough receptionist Beth Dobbin and Bianca Williams.

There was also a direct victory in the heats of 1500m for Laura Muir in 4: 09.12 before the final of tomorrow, for which she is the big favorite. His closest rival in the absence of world-class Dutch Sifan Hasson, who is centered on the 5,000 meters, could come from his British teammate Laura Weightman.

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