Hungry Kat still after cream of titles; LIVERPOOL ATHLETE PUTS WORLDS SETBACK ASIDE TO FOCUS ON 2018.
Byline: JAMES TONEY Sports Reporter
KATARINA JOHNSONTHOMPSON is predicting a big 2018 after ending her IAAF World Championship campaign in Londonon Sunday.
Johnson-Thompson finished fifth in the women's high jump final, one place ahead of team-mate Morgan Lake - the first time two British jumpers had cleared 1.95m in a major event.
But this was always a bonus for the heptathlete, who finished fifth in her main event - ironically a weak high jump costing her a podium place.
"It has been a long week but I'm so happy with how I performed, especially after how I performed in the heptathlon high jump, so I'm glad I got to bounce back," she said, after three failures at 1.97m, just a centimetre below her personal best. "I'm happy with that, it's close to a medal but not quite close enough. It was my first ever high jump individual final, so I am over the moon. I've got pretty tired legs and felt quite fatigued, it's been a long week but no excuses."
Johnson-Thompson watched last year's Olympic high jump final from the stands, and was frustrated that her heptathlon performance would have been good enough for gold.
She vowed to make sure she always doubled up in future but this was a much higher class final, as Maria Lasitskene took gold, ahead of Yuliia Levchenko and Kamila Liowinko - all three jumping higher than Johnson-Thompson has ever achieved.
And she insists the high jump will remain a bonus event, with her focus on finally cracking the heptathlon, where she has often struggled to put seven quality events together.
At the last World Championships, three fouls in the long jump cost her a medal, at the Rio Olympics her javelin let her down and here, in London, it was improbably her signature event that proved her undoing.
But next year represents a gilt-edged chance, with the Commmowealth Games in Australia an opportunity to finally prove her podium potential.
Johnson-Thompson is clearly ranked number one in the Commonwealth, though she couldn't convert that ranking three years ago in Glasgow, when injury forced her out the event.
"I'm a heptathlete and I don't give up, I'm not a quitter," she said.
"I know I can put a good heptathlon together and next year is a big year for me."
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Katarina Johnson-Thompson will continue to double upADAM DAVY