European U23 Championships: Johnson-Thompson wins gold

Katarina Johnson-Thompson

Great Britain's Katarina Johnson-Thompson won gold at the European Under-23 Championships in Finland.

The heptathlete finished with 6,215 points, 269 ahead of second-placed Kira Biesenbach of Germany.

Britain also won gold in the men's 4x100m relay, setting a new record time, while the women took silver.

Charlie Grice won silver in the men's 1500m, while Laura Muir, Kate Avery and Allan Smith all won bronze medals in their respective events.

World junior long jump champion Johnson-Thompson, 20, took a 170-point lead after jumping 13cm further than the rest of the field.

She increased her lead to 195 points going into the final event of the competition, the 800m, where she finished second to claim gold.

"It means a lot to me to win gold here considering I got injured in May. I didn't think I'd make it back to this standard this season," she said.

"I haven't had a chance to see where my fitness is at, so coming into this competition I was very nervous because I didn't know what shape I was in. It's a huge relief and I can look forward to [the World Championships in] Moscow. That's a current World Championship A standard, so I'm really happy with that."

Adam Gemili, fresh from winning the 100m on Friday, helped the 100m relay squad to gold, anchoring the team of Deji Tobais, Danny Talbot and Dannish Walker-Khan to a European under-23 record time of 38.77 seconds.

"It was so much fun," said Gemili. "It's such a great way to finish. It's been an up and down championships for me and to be going home with another gold medal and a European record, I couldn't ask for more than that."

The women's team of Annie Tagoe, Corinne Humphreys, Rachel Johncock and Jodie Williams took silver in their 4x100m relay, just pipped to the gold by Germany.

The silver was a third medal of the games for Williams, the most by a British woman since Allison Curbishley, who won two in 1997.

"It's amazing - I'm so proud of the team," said Williams, who also won gold in the 200m and silver in the 100m.

"The team came together really last minute so I'm really proud of everyone. To come out here and get a medal is just insane."

Muir won bronze in the women's 1500m with a time of 4:08.19, just outside her personal best, while Avery came third in the women's 5,000m.

Smith jumped a personal best of 2.26m to win bronze in the men's high jump, two centimetres short of the winning height of 2.28m.

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