Securing success in record-breaking style, the American team of Quanera Hayes, Georganne Moline, Shakima Wimbley and Courtney Okolo combined to break the championship best and retain the 4x400m title for United States of America at the IAAF World Indoor Championships.
So often, Irish athletes have arrived on a stage like this only to loiter in the shadows, little more than spectators with an access-all-areas pass, but Healy stamped her authority on the show from the moment the gun fired.
"It's been up and down, it's been a long old day but the crowd pushed me on". After making his Olympic debut in Rio, where he ran in the qualifying round of the 4x100, the University of Tennessee sprinter finished second in both the 100 and 4x100 at least year's outdoor world championships in London.
Johnson-Thompson's triumph was also Great Britain's first World Indoor gold since 2014 when Richard Kilty took the 60m title.
"It's been a long day, five events in one day is something I haven't done for a long time". "You have to believe in order to do it", she said. Doubts over her mental strength lingered, so too her ability to compete for the world's top medals when she sometimes struggled in the throwing events. Here, she did what was required, registering the best leap across the field of 1.91 metres.
The secret to success was her consistency - with solid results in the 60m hurdles (8.36sec) and high jump (1.91m), followed by an indoor personal best of 12.68m in the shot put, her weakest event.
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The 4750 points amassed was a season's best for the 25-year-old, though with a personal best of 5000 to her name, there is an encouraging amount still in the tank for the rest of the year.
With the long jump and 800m to come this evening, Yorgelis Rodriguez, of Cuba, leads with 2,886 points, ahead of Johnson-Thompson on 2,873, with Ivona Dadic, of Austria, only one point farther back in third.
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.
It will be an awfully hard task in the era of the brilliant Belgian Nafissatou Thiam, but there is no doubting Johnson-Thompson's hopes look brighter today than they have in years.
And now it was all about staying on her feet in the 800m...and she did that in style. And then with a lap left, she went out in front and kept that lead through to the end.
"I have grown up this previous year".