Katarina Johnson-Thompson wins the women's heptathlon world athletics championships gold medal

BUDAPEST, Hungary (August 20) – Great Britain’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson regained the heptathlon title at the 2023 World Athletics Championships on Sunday, marking a stunning return from a series of injuries that had threatened her career.

Johnson-Thompson accumulated a total of 6,740 points to capture her second career world title by only 20 points on a very emotion day. – Read more: Maria Perez wins women’s 20km race walk gold: World Athletics Championships Day 2

Anna Hall of the United States, the world bronze medalist from the 2022 world championships, entered at the favorite but had to settle for silver with 6,720 points, while Anouk Vetter of the Netherlands rounded off the top three, bagging the bronze with 6,501 points.

Johnson-Thompson, who previously secured the world title in 2019 at the Doha championships in Qatar, recovered from a poor first-event start in the competition on Saturday to close out with a promising performance in the 800 metres, the competition’s final event.

Although she finished second with a personal-best time of 2:05.63, it was sufficient to ensure her top position on the podium and that performance came on the back of a very good performances in the long jump and the Javelin events.

The British athlete’s journey to this victory was fraught with challenges. In 2020, she suffered a ruptured Achilles and had to bow out of the Tokyo Olympics due to a calf muscle tear during the 200m event.

Her triumphant return was all the more poignant as world and Olympic champion Nafi Thiam of Belgium was absent from the event due to injury.

Complete Women’s Heptathlon Points Standings

Place BIB Name Country Total Points
1 1848 Katarina JOHNSON-THOMPSON GBR 6,740
2 21402 Anna HALL USA 6,720
3 31156 Anouk VETTER NED 6,501
4 4934 Xénia KRIZSÁN HUN 6,479
5 51144 Emma OOSTERWEGEL NED 6,464
6 6564 Noor VIDTS BEL 6,450
7 7907 Sophie WEIßENBERG GER 6,438
8 81404 Chari HAWKINS USA 6,366
9 9803 Saga VANNINEN FIN 6,289
10 941 Rita NEMES HUN 6,232
11 1138 Sofie DOKTER NED 6,192
12 818 Auriana LAZRAQ-KHLASS FRA 6,179
13 968 Kate O’CONNOR IRL 6,145
14 877 Vanessa GRIMM GER 6,088
15 807 Léonie CAMBOURS FRA 5,939
16 1452 Ekaterina VORONINA UZB 5,922
17 540 Sarah LAGGER AUT 5,910
18 834 Esther CONDE-TURPIN FRA 5,256

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