Katarina Johnson-Thompson in the long jump at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in London (Getty Images) © Copyright
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Johnson-Thompson signs up for long jump-high jump double in London - IAAF Diamond League

World Indoor and Commonwealth heptathlon champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson will double up at the Müller Anniversary Games, the 11th stop on the 2018 IAAF Diamond League, on 21-22 July.

The 25-year-old will take to the runway for the long jump on Saturday (21) and will return the following day to compete in the high jump against the likes of compatriot Morgan Lake.

It has already been a successful year for Johnson-Thompson, claiming two major titles in 2018. The multi-eventer followed up her world indoor pentathlon gold in Birmingham in March by winning heptathlon gold at the Commonwealth Games in April, her first major outdoor title.

The Müller Anniversary Games will see Johnson-Thompson return to the stadium where she made her Olympic debut in the heptathlon in 2012, finishing 15th at the age of 19. Since then, she has enjoyed some memorable moments inside the London Stadium, including winning the long jump at the Anniversary Games in 2013 and 2016.

“I always absolutely love competing in London, and I know that competing in the long jump and high jump at the Anniversary Games gives me an opportunity to test myself in world-class competition against the very best," Johnson-Thompson said.

“It was a brilliant start to the year for me winning gold at the World Indoors and then becoming Commonwealth champion. My aim this year was to become more consistent on the podium – I achieved that at the start of the year and I’m hoping it continues over the summer, with the Muller Anniversary Games forming a key part of my preparations for the European Championships.”

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