Katarina Johnson-Thompson wins pentathlon gold for Great Britain

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Former Longhorn Courtney Okolo claimed the world title in the 400 meters at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, England on Saturday.

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There were also gold medals for Murielle Ahoure in an Ivory Coast one-two in the 60 meters, and Hungary's Anita Marton in the shot put. "Hopefully this can be the start of something".

The UCD athlete, a bronze medal victor over 1,500 at the European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam in 2016, stated: "I'm disappointed but I know I'm running better than that".

"The beginning of a year ago was very hard, I had to leave my two dogs at the hands of my mum [when moving to France] and they've got really fat!"

"I don't think it's too far away".

But there was plenty else to feel good about, like a stunning women's pole vault won by one of the sport's most likeable stars in Sandi Morris, or a captivating men's long jump where 4cm separated the top three. After making his Olympic debut in Rio, where he ran in the qualifying round of the 4x100, the University of Tennessee sprinter finished second in both the 100 and 4x100 at least year's outdoor world championships in London.

The British athlete finished 50 points ahead of Ivona Dadic of Austria.

The 25-year-old sits in silver medal position on 2,873 points, with Cuba's Yorgelis Rodriguez leading on 2,886.

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'I didn't have a place to live properly for a long time, I was unsettled learning new techniques, not really understanding anything, people talking French, being completely on my own after being mothered all my life. I needed to plug the gap on the Trinidadian.

Nigeria last won an IAAF World Indoor Championships medal in 2008 in Valencia, Spain, courtesy of Olusoji Fasuba.

Johnson-Thompson was sixth quickest over 60m hurdles, topped the high-jump standings with 1.91m and threw 12.68m in shot put in Birmingham.

Lindley Lindsay the other Nigerian in the 60m hurdles event fell at the semi-final stage (8.08). She edged teammate Marie Josee Ta Lou by 0.43.

Tantalisingly, the difference equated to around a two-second target for Dadic to make up, which is the gap between their two personal bests over that distance indoors.

"The move to France sort of messed up my year last year", she admitted. I knew he was watching from up there.

"I've been eating, seeing my physio and just relaxing as much as possible (after the 3,000m)".

"Emotionally I am at a loss of words".

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