Great Britain’s Katharina Johnson-Thompson won -News

Johnson-Thompson has two Commonwealth gold medals and a world title

Great Britain’s Katharina Johnson-Thompson returned to the Loughborough International with a two-match win.

The 2019 world heptathlon champion ran 13.73 seconds in the 100m hurdles, 0.64 seconds off her personal best but 0.8 seconds ahead of Mia McIntosh.

She also held off her chasers in the second leg when England won the 4x400m relay.

It was the 30-year-old’s first competition since winning gold in the heptathlon at the Commonwealth Games in August.

Johnson-Thompson, who also took part in the shot put event, finished ninth after throwing 13.13m, 0.73m from her personal best and 4.12m behind champion Amelia Strickler.

In the relay, she joined Ama Pipi, Poppy Malik and Louise Evans to win in 3 minutes 37.03 seconds.

Sunday’s match at the Paula Radcliffe Stadium marks the 65th Loughborough International Athletics Games, which is traditionally seen as the start of the outdoor season.

Johnson-Thompson will look to build on his victory to secure a place at the World Championships in Budapest, Aug. 19-27.

Her next stop is a Hypo-Meeting in Austria next weekend.

“The fastest man in the world, without a doubt”

Meanwhile, world champion Fred Kerley started his season with a 100m victory at the Seiko Gold Grand Prix in Japan.

The American’s time of 9.91 seconds was a new record for the Japanese race, 0.19 seconds ahead of Rohan Browning in second and Ryuichiro Sakai in third.

Klee is confidently preparing for two highly anticipated clashes with Olympic champion Marcel Jacobs in the Diamond League on May 28 and June 2.

The 28-year-old said he was “the fastest man in the world, without a doubt”.

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