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Team GB's new golden girl determined to bounce back

ON THE MEND: Katarina Johnson-Thompson

KATARINA JOHNSON-THOMPSON can't wait to get back to competing after missing the Commonwealth Games and European Championships due to a foot injury.

It was a huge disappointment for the heptathlete who had a superb start to the year, winning gold in the Gotzis Hypo meeting.

Even more galling was the fact was the 6.92 metres long jump she achieved in the Diamond League, would have seen her crowned European champion in Zurich as the eventual winner; France's Eloyse Lesueur, only leapt 6.85 metres.

Johnson-Thompson said: “Everything was going too well. I didn't realise it at the time but I was taking the results for granted. It took the injury to make me realise how happy I should have been getting those wins, medals and personal best's.”

She added: “I could enjoy watching the Commonwealth Games and seeing my training partner Jess Taylor win the bronze. Because at that point the feeling was that I could make the Europeans.

“But then I got the call to say the foot hadn't been healing as expected and that chance was gone too. It was like a second punch to the stomach. It really affected me.”

The 21-year-old admitted that although she was glad to see her compatriots collect a record haul of 23 medals in Glasgow, it was an emotional time for her.

“At the time, I couldn't even speak about it without welling up. Now all the competitions are over, it's getting better.”

The multi-eventer will return to full training next month and she is determined to push herself and ensure she is fit for next year's World Championships in Beijing.

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