Katarina Johnson-Thompson
Katarina Johnson-Thompson just missed out on beating Nataliya Dobrynska's three-year-old world record Getty Images

Katarina Johnson-Thompson came agonisingly close to breaking the world pentathlon record during her gold medal run at the European Indoor Championships in Prague on 6 March.

After running a personal best of 8.18 seconds in the 60m hurdles, an impressive performance in the high jump and another victory in the long jump, British athlete Johnson-Thompson needed to run the 800m in 2:11:86 to take the record that had stood at 5,013 points since 2012.

Despite dominating the field in the final event, the 22-year-old just missed out, with a time of 2:12.78, and fell 13 points short of Nataliya Dobrynska's best, finishing on 5,000 points. However, she performed admirably to shave five seconds off her personal best and also set a new British record that was previously held by Jessica Ennis-Hill.

While Johnson-Thompson was obviously disappointed to have just missed out on a world record, she will no doubt take enormous pride from her first senior gold and becoming only the second athlete ever to post 5,000 points or more in a pentathlon.

After the race, she said: "It's my first senior title but I'm just disappointed I got so close to the world record."

Ennis-Hill was quick to offer her congratulations to Johnson-Thompson despite seeing her own record of 4,965 points beaten.

"Well done Kat!! Amazing performance! Sad to see my record go but couldn't have gone to a more deserving athlete!," she tweeted.


Fellow Brit Morgan Lake finished ninth in the competition, meanwhile, with a respectable score of 4,527 points.