English track and field athlete Katrina Johnson-Thompson specialises in the heptathlon. She represented Great Britain in the heptathlon at the 2012 London Olympic Games, finishing in 15th place. In 2013 she finished fifth at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow. Additionally, she holds the title of 2012 World Junior and the 2014 World Indoor silver medallist for the long jump.
2015 held another victory for Katarina when she claimed the title of the European Indoor Champion competing in the pentathlon. She also holds both British high jump records, outdoor with a height of 1.98m at the 2016 Rio 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 Rio 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 the biggest achievements of her pentathlon career. In 2018, she won the women’s heptathlon at the Commonwealth Games, with a total of 6255 points.
Katarina frequently sets new records with her talent, in 2015 she set the record for the indoor British long jump. 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. Katarina competed at the 2016 Hypo-Meeting in May of that year, her first major competition since undergoing knee surgery in the autumn of 2015.
At her first competition after an injury she scored 6304 points which lead to her qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Unfortunately, she didn’t win a medal at the games, finishing in sixth place competing in the heptathlon. 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 the gold in the stand-alone Olympic high jump competition.
Most recently Katarina has been crowned the World Heptathlon Champion. She took on the challenge of competing at the 2019 World Athletics Championships and during this competition she delivered an impeccable performance, claiming herself another gold medal competing in the pentathlon. With her continual impressive performances, Katarina was voted over Dina Asher-Smith and Laura Muir to receive the Cliff Temple Trophy by members of the BAWA. Katarina is also considered to be the next Jessica Ennis-Hill and is a strong rival on the heels of the famous athlete, having beaten Jessica’s British heptathlon record of 6955 with her score of 6981.
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- Sporting Success
- Drive & Determination
- Peak Performance
- The Olympics