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BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Katarina Johnson-Thompson claimed her first global title in the pentathlon at the world indoor athletics championships on Friday.
Johnson-Thompson led the standings going into the final event and led most of the 800-meter race before pulling away in the final straight to comfortably take gold.
The British athlete finished 33 points ahead of Ivona Dadic of Austria. Yorgelis Rodriguez of Cuba was third, 113 points behind Johnson-Thompson.
Johnson-Thompson had a strong showing in the three events in the morning session, although it was Rodriguez who led after the 60-meter hurdles, high jump, and shot put.
Johnson-Thompson moved into first place with a leap of 6.50 meters to top the long-jump standings, which afforded her a lead of around two seconds going into the 800.