Katarina Johnson-Thompson in pentathlon contention

Double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson

Nigeria, for the umpteenth time, failed to win any shade of medal at the just concluded International Association of Athletics Federations, IAAF World Indoor Championship in Birmingham, England.

The 28-year-old Su, hitherto unbeaten on the boards this season, became the most successful Asian athlete in the 60m of the World Indoor Championships.

"It's been a wobbly day but I'm so happy I got the opportunity to do this".

Even on Thursday when she faced the press at a pre-event conference, she smiled little and rolled her eyes when asked about her previous inconsistencies in multi-events. She has also struggled with illness this week.

'I didn't have a place to live properly for a long time, I was unsettled learning new techniques, not really understanding anything, people talking French, being completely on my own after being mothered all my life. But you can only beat what is in front of you and she did so. "But it's been a long time coming". At the World Championships in Beijing in 2015 she ended up 28th in the heptathlon after three fouls on her long jump - her best discipline - and then in London last summer she was fifth.

First the mental strength side.

"This is what I wanted, it's not a personal best but what I wanted was to start winning medals, hopefully it can be the start of something".

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Sixth after the opening 60m hurdles event - far from her favourite of the five - Johnson-Thompson took everything else in her stride in Birmingham, jumping 1.91 metres in the high jump to spring into first place.

She will need to be, and a better thrower as well, and this win ought to at least help in the first of those two areas. But the popular 25-year-old could do no more than deal with what she was up against - and she won with something in hand over the Austrian Ivona Dodic, who took silver 50 points behind her.

If the talent isn't there, no amount of willpower will conjure up a run to rival the world's best, and we saw once again how at this level any slight under-performance is amplified.

But it was Johnson-Thompson who kept her head.

It was a weakened field with the top three from last year's heptathlon at the World Championships - Nafissatou Thiam, Carolin Schafer and Anouk Vetter - absent.

The United States won 18 medals to lead the standings.

"After the last couple of years there was no pressure on me because I have not done too well", Johnson-Thompson said. "I've got a busy year with Commonwealth Games and Europeans, so fingers crossed".

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