“I didn’t really know what the heptathlon was”: Niamh Emerson on being hailed a rising star, British heptathlon success and a better junior record than Jess Ennis-Hill

Denise Lewis, Kelly Sotherton, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Katarina Johnson-Thompson – it is quite the line of succession. British sporting royalty one and all, following that quartet of heptathletes comes with a level of expectation unrivaled across the all-encompassing sphere of track and field. For Niamh Emerson, however – comparatively embryonic as an