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British Olympic heptathlete wins long jump gold

YOUNG MEDALLISTS: Johnson-Thompson (right) and Sawyers

AT THE World Junior Championships on July 14 in Barcelona, a British heptathlete won gold in the final of the long jump.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson leapt to a wind-assisted 6.81m to win gold, which was one centimetre ahead of Germany’s Lena Malkus.

British team-mate and fellow heptathlete Jazmin Sawyers jumped to a personal best of 6.67m that was good enough for bronze.

The 18-year-old’s mark of 6.67m was legally the furthest world junior distance this year as it was not wind-assisted.

The 19-year-old Johnson-Thompson, who is the junior UK heptathlete record holder, is selected to compete in the heptathlon at the London 2012 Olympic Games after achieving a tally of 6,248 points at a track meeting in Kladno, Czech Republic, last month to better the A standard.

Johnson-Thompson, 19, told The Telegraph: "I am really pleased with that because I didn't expect it. I thought I would be in with a shot at the top five or the top three maybe, if I hit the board right.

"I always knew in my head there was a big jump coming. This time it all came together when it really mattered. When it comes to peaking at the right time, I have to thank my coach Mike Holmes – he is a genius.”

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