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Johnson-Thompson keeping cool over future after classy triumph

By Andy Walker

England’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson played down her hopes of a golden treble after winning the Commonwealth Games heptathlon title.

The 25-year-old wrapped up the crown on the Gold Coast to add to her World Indoor pentathlon gold, despite confirming that she was battling a calf problem.

Hampered by injury, favourite Johnson-Thompson was nowhere near her best but still comfortably finished 122 points ahead of Canada’s Nina Schultz with a total of 6,255.

England’s Niamh Emerson took bronze after winning the 800m, the final event.

Johnson-Thompson is now eyeing August’s European Championships in Berlin.

She said: “I’m two-thirds of the way there. The treble is a big ask. I said that I wanted to win two golds, I’ve done that.

“I want to win three medals. I don’t want to pile loads of pressure on myself. It is a really big ask but I believe in myself.”

England’s Jack Laugher won his third gold medal as he and Chris Mears triumphed in the men’s synchronised 3m springboard competition, with Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow winning the men’s synchronised 10m platform event.

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