Katarina Johnson-Thompson just won the World Athletics Championships heptathlon gold. Her best friend, Jodie Comer, couldn’t be prouder of the star athelete.
Killing Eve actor Jodie Comer and athletics star Katarina Johnson-Thompson have been best pals since going to school together in Liverpool. The pair constantly champion each other’s success on social media. And, earlier this year, they posed together at the inaugural Stylist’s Remarkable Women Awards – where they were both winners. Comer picked up the award for Entertainer of the Year, while Johnson-Thompson took home the Sports Star award.
So, when Johnson-Thompson won her first global outdoor title by powering to heptathlon gold at the World Athletics Championships in Doha this week, Comer had nothing but praise for her friend.
To recap: Johnson-Thompson won the heptathlon with a British record of 6,981 points, beating 2017 champion Nafissatou Thiam by 304 points. This included getting a personal best in javelin with 43.93 metres, leaping 6.77 metres in the long jump and storming to victory by running 800 metres in two minutes 07.26 seconds.
Watch Katarina Johnson-Thompson at the World Athletics Championships
The gold win came after a series of setbacks during the 2016 Rio Olympics and London 2017 World Championships. But it looks like the athlete is only just warming up for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Johnson-Thompson said: “This is the result of so many attempts of trying to perform on this stage. The low moments have helped me come back and look at myself. This has been my dream.
“It has been such a long road. I am just happy that I’m coming into my best in these two big years. I just want more.”
Responding to the news of her best friend’s success, Jodie Comer shared a photo on Instagram.
Comer captioned it: “World champion right there!!!!!!! We couldn’t be prouder of you @johnsonthompson. Your hard work and dedication shows no limits. Soak it all up. You’re the best… it’s actually official. (always has been)! X”
Johnson-Thompson commented with a string of love heart emojis.
Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill also shared an empowering message to Johnson-Thompson.
Ennis-Hill wrote: “It was such an honour to watch this incredibly talented, resilient woman become World Champion.
“It’s not been a smooth or easy journey for @johnsonthompson but she never gave up and tonight she delivered the best performance of her career on the world stage! Absolutely fantastic! #dohaworldchamps2019.”
It’s been a great week for British women in sports, with Dina Asher-Smith also breaking a record during the championships.
Asher-Smith won gold by running the 200-metre sprint in a head-spinning 21.88 seconds, which is a new British record (breaking her own previous record that she set in Berlin last year).
Talking in an interview aired on Radio X, Asher-Smith said: “I deleted Twitter and Instagram for the duration of the championships. I just tuned myself out and allowed myself to focus because if you get swept up in those things, that’s when you start to get distracted.”
We really cannot wait to see both athletes give it their all at Tokyo 2020!