sport news Katarina Johnson-Thompson wants gold at World Indoor Championships

Katarina Johnson-Thompson has dismissed suggestions she has a golden chance to end her wait for a global victory.

The 25-year-old is favourite for the pentathlon at the World Indoor Championships, which were getting under way on Thursday.

World and Olympic champion Nafissatou Thiam is absent, with Carolin Schafer and Anouk Vetter also missing in Birmingham, leaving Johnson-Thomson as the woman to beat on Friday.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson spoke to the press before her pentathlon on Friday

Katarina Johnson-Thompson spoke to the press before her pentathlon on Friday

But despite the weakened field Johnson-Thompson, who finished a disappointing fifth at last year's World Championships, insisted victory is not assured.

She said: 'Just because other athletes aren't here does not make it my best chance. All I can do is compete against who is here.

'I've had better chances in the past but they have just not come off. It's combined events, you never know what is going to happen.

'I can't think about external pressures. I'm going to go event by

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