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Katarina Johnson-Thompson digs deep to close in on Olympics threshold

• Heptathlete placed second after day one in Götzis
• Johnson-Thompson finished last in shot but turned it around in 200m

Katarina Johnson-Thompson arrived at Götzis’s Hypo-Meeting undercooked and solely focused on the 6,200 points required to qualify for the Olympics. She was “terrified and sick with nerves”. Yet so deep are her reservoirs of talent that she pulled out three heptathlon personal bests as she finished day one of this prestigious heptathlon meeting in second place.

Her points score of 3,932 places her 40 behind the Canadian Brianne Theisen-Eaton, who took silver behind Jessica Ennis-Hill at the world championships in Beijing last year. But it would have been so much better if Johnson-Thompson had not chucked in an inexplicable shocker in the shot. So bad was her best attempt of 11.55m that it placed her dead last out of 33 competitors – and left the event’s statistician shaking his head when asked whether anyone had won a major heptathlon having produced the lowest score in a single event.

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