Katarina Johnson-Thompson of Great Britain

World heptathlon champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson has had a setback in her preparations for this summer’s Olympic Games after sustaining an Achilles tendon injury that will keep her out until March.

Injured In Training

Johnson-Thompson suffered the injury in training and although she is disappointed with the setback that will delay her competition actions, the Great Britain star doesn’t believe it will affect her plans for this Olympics Games in Tokyo.

“This is not the start to the year I was hoping for but I’m pleased to be able to share this off the back of a positive few weeks…,” she wrote on her Instagram.

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“This news doesn’t impact my plans for 2021, Tokyo is still very much the focus.”

Protective Boot Set To Come Off

The 28-year-old who holds Britain’s record in the women’s heptathlon after tallying 6,981 points to win the gold medal at the World Championships in Doha in 2019, said she was recovering back home in Liverpool.


Johnson-Thompson also revealed that her protective boot was due to come off on Monday. She would then head to her training base in Montpellier, France.

After finishing 14th at the 2012 London Olympic Games, Johnson-Thompson returned four years later to improve to sixth place at Rio 2016.

The Pentathlon World Indoor champion in 2018 is ranked sixth all-time in the women’s heptathlon after surpassing the previous British record of 6,955 by Jessica Ennis-Hill, who won the 2012 Olympics.

The Tokyo Games are scheduled to begin on July 23.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson of Great Britain

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