Katarina Johnson-Thompson is an English track and field athlete specialising in the heptathlon. She represented Great Britain in the heptathlon at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, finishing 15th, then finished fifth at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow. In the long jump, she is the 2012 World Junior Champion and the 2014 World Indoor silver medallist.
In 2015, she became the European Indoor champion in the pentathlon with a British record of 5000 points. She also holds both British high jump records, outdoor with a height of 1.98m at the 2016 Olympic Games, indoor with a height of 1.97 m at the 2015 British Indoor Athletics Championships, and the British Indoor Long Jump Record, with a distance of 6.93m. She finished sixth in the 2016 Olympic Games and fifth in the 2017 World Championships.
At the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, she became the world indoor pentathlon champion with a season’s best of 4750 points, winning her first gold medal in the Major Senior Championships (IAAF World Indoor Championships). It was considered one of her biggest achievements of her pentathlon career. In 2018, she won the women’s heptathlon at the Commonwealth Games, with a total of 6255 points.
On 21 February 2015, Johnson-Thompson set a new indoor British long jump record with a distance of 6.93 m at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix. In August 2015, Johnson-Thompson finished in 28th place in the heptathlon at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing after three foul jumps in the long jump. She had been lying in second place to Jessica Ennis-Hill after the first day of events.
Johnson-Thompson competed at the 2016 Hypo-Meeting in May of that year, her first major competition since undergoing knee surgery in the autumn of 2015: she finished the competition in sixth with a score of 6,304 points, securing her place at the 2016 Summer Olympics by beating the qualifying standard of 6,200 points.
She missed out on a medal at the Games, taking sixth in the heptathlon, although her performance in the heptathlon high jump of 1.98 m set a new British high jump record, and would have been good enough to take gold in the stand-alone Olympic high jump competition. In September 2016, UK Athletics confirmed that Johnson-Thompson had split with coach Mike Holmes, having been trained by him since 2008.
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