Katarina Johnson-Thompson takes the silver medal while Matthew Hudson-Smith climbs to 400m in Berlin

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

For Katarina Johnson-Thompson, there was a hugely impressive silver medal after losing her fascinating heptathlon fight with the great Belgian Nafi Thiam, while Matthew Hudson-Smith was able to climb a step a moment later to take the title in the 400 meters .

The last feat would normally struggle to stand firm compared to the previous one because of the enormously different strength of the opposition, but in the context of his decision to step down last year, a first individual gold represents a surprising change in his career.

Just a year ago he left his mother's house in Wolverhampton two days in advance and moved to Florida with the desperate desire to rediscover the love of the tracks.

  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

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

Until then everything had been too slow, with Hudson-Smith taking the blame for disqualifying Britain's 4x400m relay at the Rio Olympics and then retiring from the team 20 minutes before a race at the World Championships last year. His teammate, Martyn Rooney, said at the time that he needed to make his "right head".

Therefore, just a big CV in recent championships, but the 23-year-old arrived here as the fastest runner of 400 meters in Europe and promptly delivered what was expected, with a lap of 44.78 seconds, beating the Belgian twins Kevin and Jonathan Borlee.

It was a bit less than Iwan Thomas's British record of 44.36 seconds, which had been classified as endangered, and his strong drive for the weapon almost went haywire when he drastically reduced his approach at the end.

But by picking up the third gold from his country in Berlin, he continued a solid championship for the sprint team, even if it is far from being very competitive at the world and Olympic level.

"It's a good feeling," he said. & # 39; Time does not matter, that's for the future. It was about winning and continuing in the future. "

Matthew Hudson-Smith made a perfect performance to take the victory in the 400 meters

Matthew Hudson-Smith made a perfect performance to take the victory in the 400 meters

Matthew Hudson-Smith made a perfect performance to take the victory in the 400 meters

He arrived in Berlin as the fastest 400 meter runner in Europe and promptly delivered

He arrived in Berlin as the fastest 400 meter runner in Europe and promptly delivered

He arrived in Berlin as the fastest 400 meter runner in Europe and promptly delivered

For Johnson-Thompson, whose silver medal preceded a bronze surprise for Meghan Beesley in the 400 meters hurdles and another for Jake Wightman in the 1500 meters, the level of performance and opposition was higher.

His 6759 account – only 57 below Thiem and far behind Carolin Schafer, who is in third place – tells the story of an exhibition of the age of 25 at the end of a season in which he also won the World Cup and medals. gold of the Commonwealth Games.

For a broader context, that 6759 score was actually higher than the three with which Jessica Ennis-Hill won world titles. Let everything else serve as a marker of your abilities when everything comes together, having collapsed so many times before on the big stage.

That was not the case this time, with consistently good numbers in their strong areas and marked improvements in their releases. In fact, if Thiam had not gotten rid of the problems with the last efforts in each of the long jumps and javelins on Friday, then it could well have been a first defeat since May 2016 for the world and Olympic champion.

For those reasons, a silver in an event that contains all the best heptathletes in the world will bode well for next year's world championships and Tokyo 2020 thereafter.

Johnson-Thompson, who had had problems with the calf in preparation, said: "I'm happy with my first two medals, but this has a big factor of importance to me, especially considering my preparation after the Commonwealth Games. It has taken a lot of work from many different people to get me on the starting line today.

The 23-year-old was soaked in the worship of the masses while he was wrapped in the flag of Great Britain

The 23-year-old was soaked in the worship of the masses while he was wrapped in the flag of Great Britain

The 23-year-old was soaked in the worship of the masses while he was wrapped in the flag of Great Britain

I only know that I can improve on a lot of individual events, so I'm excited to lower my head and get going again next year. This shows that I can face the best in the world. "

There was a disappointment for the interior world champion Andy Pozzi, who connected four fences and finished sixth, while Adelle Tracey was fourth in the 800 meters. Dina Asher-Smith qualified fastest for the 200m final showdown, which serves as a rematch with Daphne Schippers, and joined Loughborough receptionist Beth Dobbin and Bianca Williams.

There was also a direct victory in heats of 1500m for Laura Muir at 4: 09.12 before the final on Sunday, for which she is the big favorite.

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