Katarina Johnson-Thompson admits Thiam's absence is a "real shame"

Katarina Johnson-Thompson revealed that she was disappointed at not being able to face her rival Nafi Thiam on the European scene next month.

The Commonwealth heptathlon champion won the long jump at the British Indoor Championships on Sunday.

She will participate in the pentathlon and will choose her events at the French Championships next week-end before the European Championships in March in Glasgow.

Nafi Thiam, pictured, is a fierce rival of Britain's Katarina Johnson-ThompsonNafi Thiam, pictured, is a fierce rival of Britain's Katarina Johnson-Thompson (Martin Rickett / PA)

Thiam, Olympic champion, world champion and champion of Europe, has a calf problem and will not participate in pentathlon in Scotland.

And after winning in Birmingham with a jump of 6.46 m, Johnson-Thompson wants to face the Belgian.

"Yes, it's really bad. I was a little disgusted because she was not in Birmingham last year and I like competing against her, "said Johnson-Thompson, before her next competition in Miramas.

"She will be a fierce competitor and I am excited about the outdoors.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson in action against Nafi ThiamKatarina Johnson-Thompson in action against Nafi Thiam (Martin Rickett / PA)

"I have not done a pentathlon this year, so I do not know (if she's the favorite in Glasgow) because there are a lot of good girls and anything can happen that day.

"If I can focus on me and get my events where they need to be, then everything will be fine."

Johnson-Thompson won the gold medal at the Pentathlon World Indoor in Birmingham last March – his first major title – before winning the crown and silver of the Commonwealth Heptathlon behind Thiam at the European Championships in August.

The 26-year-old also finished second in the 60m hurdles on Saturday.

"I was so happy with my hedging time and my rankings. I have never really won a medal of obstacles before, "she added.

"I'm happy with the long jump, would have liked a little longer and fewer non-jumps.

"The training is going well, I feel really fit, I just need to go from intensive training to keen competition."

Tom Bosworth also won the 5000m race in 19 minutes 22.56 seconds.

The 29-year-old won the silver medal in the 20km at the Commonwealth Games last year.

"I am exhausted, I had a mare for a week, I came back from South Africa and I was sick," he said. I took the plunge and it was a shame that he was disqualified because I did not have it in his legs today.

"I love home competition and people know more about walking and about me and I want to put on a show and entertain everyone."

Morgan Lake, who won the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games last year, won the high jump title with 1.94 m.

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