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KJT goes through the pain barrier for her latest; Commonwealth Games GOLDEN MOMENT ATHLETICS.


ENGLAND'S Katarina Johnson-Thompson won Commonwealth Games heptathlon gold and then revealed she had been nursing an injury during the two-day competition.

Strong favourite Johnson-Thompson finished fourth in the 800 metres to wrap up the crown and add it to her World Indoor pentathlon title from Birmingham.

She was nowhere near her best but still comfortably finished 122 points ahead of Canada's Nina Schultz. England's Niamh Emerson won bronze after claiming victory in the 800m.

Johnson-Thompson, 25, appeared to be struggling through the 800m and confirmed she was battling a calf injury.

"I was nursing an injury going into day two," she said.

"It got worse about 300 metres into the (800 metres) race. I'm just happy I made it over the line, there was no way I was stopping.

"I'm so happy. It's been a long, emotional two days but I'm glad it's finally over.

"Considering it's only April, I'm really happy to get season best performances this early and come away with the gold.

"I feel like this Championship was mine. I was devastated to pull out four years ago in Glasgow but I've got two gold medals now and it's more than I could ask for this early in the season."

Johnson-Thompson knows she will face much tougher opposition in the European Championships in Berlin in August but nevertheless savoured her Commonwealth title.

"I know I have not set the world alight with some of my events but after coming here not knowing what to expect I'm so happy to come away with the gold," she said.

"I really wanted this under my belt and I think it's going to give me a lot of confidence going forwards.

"I've now got 16 weeks to get myself ready for the Euros."

Meanwhile, Matthew Hudson-Smith's nightmare Commonwealth Games came to an end yesterday after he limped out of the 4x400m relay.

The 23-year-old, disqualified earlier this week for stepping out of his lane in the individual 400m heats despite looking in supreme form, was looking for relay revenge in the Carrara Stadium.

But it was not to be for the Birmingham-based sprinter - as an apparent hamstring injury inside the first 50m of his first leg ended England's hopes of a medal before they had really begun.

And with Nigeria also disqualified, there was definitely a medal there for the taking for England, who topped the podium in the men's 4x400m in Glasgow four years ago.

Hudson-Smith was helped from the track by the medical team and Rabah Yousif stormed off after throwing his water bottle to the ground in disgust, leaving Jack Green and Dwayne Cowan from the quartet to face the press. And after a delay before their heat as the officials struggled to locate the batons - Cowan admitted that might have cost England their gold.

I'm just it over the was no stopping. emotional Katarina "Matt pulled his hamstring," said Cowan. "We had to wait at the start and he was out there for quite a long time - I am not sure if that caused the problem.

"But it's very frustrating. Matt is in good shape and there was an opportunity for us to even get gold in this Commonwealth Games.

happy I made line, there way I was It's been a long two days.

"And a lot of this team are in good shape. Jack (Green) made the final and nearly got the bronze medal in the 400m hurdles - we were all in good shape to bring something home.

Johnson-Thompson "There was definitely something there for us - it is very early in the season but that were was something there."
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Date:Apr 14, 2018
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