World Youth record for Lake and she is not alone in her success

World Youth record for Lake and she is not alone in her success
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Britain's Morgan Lake leads the world juniors heptathlon after day one.

It is a production line of golden multi-eventers which stretches back over 40 years, to when Dame Mary Peters won the Olympic pentathlon title in Munich in 1972, and now two more of Great Britain's young stars are showing how bright the future is.                                              

Katarina Johnson-Thompson is the natural successor to Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill but it seems even the new kid on the block has an athlete ready to follow her.

As Johnson-Thompson was producing performances to remember at the Sainsbury's British Athletics Indoor Championships in Sheffield this weekend, Morgan Lake, just 16, broke the world youth best.

As a guest at Sweden's Under-18 Championships in Vaxjo, Lake broke the World Indoor Pentathlon Youth best with a score of 4284, beating the mark of 4261 held by Carolina Kluft since 2000.

And of all places to beat Kluft's record – it was in her own country. 

With 8.97m for the 60m hurdles, 1.85m for the high jump, 13.38m for the shot put, 5.87m for the long jump and 2:24.48 in the 800m, Lake showed what a brilliant talent she is.

Kluft, who progressed to become Olympic champion in 2004 among so many of her honours, was 17 when she achieved her score.

Lake's time will surely come on the senior stage but Johnson-Thompson's moment is almost here.

In Tampere last summer, Johnson-Thompson won heptathlon gold at the European Under-23 Championships before finishing fifth at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow.

But now she has a new title to her name after breaking the British high jump record with 1.96m, beating the top domestic mark of 1.95m shared by Dianna Davies, Debbi Marti, Susan Moncrieff and Ennis-Hill.

Johnson-Thompson was delighted with her success, another step on the road to greater glory.

“I knew I was in good form because I had a really good session last week," said Johnson-Thompson, speaking to British Athletics. "I have been working on things mentally, because last year and the year before I knew I had a good jump in me."

With Ennis-Hill pregnant, Johnson-Thompson will confirm herself this year as Britain's leading multi-eventer. Her weekend was something to remember because after her high jump on Saturday, she then won the long jump the following day with 6.75m, a stadium record.

Once more, it was a win that brought her great delight.

“It was definitely the best I could have imagined," said Johnson-Thompson. "I did not sleep last night, so I feel really tired and did not expect to come out and do that."