Katarina Johnson-Thompson

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Katarina Johnson-Thompson
Katarina Johnson-Thompson Olympic Parade.jpg
Katarina after the 2012 Olympics
Personal information
Born (1993-01-09) 9 January 1993 (age 21)
Liverpool, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb)
Country England
Club Liverpool Harriers
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) Heptathlon 6,682 points

Katarina Mary Johnson-Thompson (born 9 January 1993) 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. She also holds the British indoor high jump record, with 1.96 m in 2014.

Early life[edit]

Born in Liverpool,[1] her father Ricardo is Bahamian.[2] She attended St Julie's Catholic High School in Woolton and John Moores University in Liverpool.[3][4]


Johnson-Thompson represents Liverpool Harriers and is coached by Mike Holmes.[1] Her development was in part funded by the Wells Sports Foundation set up by Barrie Wells, which gave her access to the foundation's patron, Jessica Ennis (now Jessica Ennis-Hill).

At the 2009 World Youth Championships in Athletics in Brixen, Italy, she won the gold medal in the heptathlon.[4] She missed most of the 2010 athletics season suffering from patellar tendinopathy, also known as jumper's knee.[5][6]

Johnson-Thompson broke Jessica Ennis' British junior record at the Multistars competition held in Desenzano del Garda, Italy in May 2012.[7] Her score of 6007 points was enough to take third position at the event behind Sofía Ifadídou of Greece and French athlete Blandine Maisonnier.[8] The score also meant she had surpassed the 'B' qualifying standard for the 2012 Olympics, however it fell short of the 6,150 points 'A' standard.[7]

In June 2012 Johnson-Thompson achieved the 'A' qualifying standard for the 2012 Olympics by scoring a new personal best of 6,248 points at the TNT – Fortuna Meeting held in the Sletiště Stadium, Kladno, Czech Republic. At the meeting she set six new personal bests across the seven events to beat her previous best score by 241 points.[9]

At the 2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics held in Barcelona, Spain, Johnson-Thompson chose not to compete in the full heptathlon competition to save herself for the Olympics; instead she took part in the long jump—winning a gold medal with a jump of 6.81 metres—and the 100 metres hurdles.[10]

Johnson-Thompson competed for Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the women's heptathlon alongside compatriots Jessica Ennis and Louise Hazel at the Olympic Stadium on 3–4 August 2012. She finished in 15th place with a score of 6267.[11]

In early April 2012, alongside Tiffany Porter and Yamile Aldama, she was nominated for "European Athlete of the Month" for March.[12] In September, Johnson-Thompson was nominated for the "European Athletics Rising Star award".[13] In October, she won the "Lillian Board Memorial Award" (for junior women) at the 2012 British Athletics Writers' Association Awards.[14] Johnson-Thompson set a new British high jump record with a height of 1.96 metres at the British Indoor Championships in Sheffield on 8 February 2014. The previous record of 1.95 metres by Debbie Marti had been held since 1997.[15][16]

On 11 July 2014, Johnson-Thompson set a new long jump personal best of 6.92m at the Glasgow Diamond League meeting, taking her to number 2 on the British all-time list for the event.[17] Johnson-Thompson won gold at the 2014 edition of the prestigious heptathlon Hypo-Meeting in Götzis[18] with a world leading personal best score of 6682 but missed the Commonwealth Games and the European Championships after suffering a foot injury.[19]

Competition record[edit]

2012 Olympic Games[edit]

Event Result Position Points Overall pos. Overall pts. Notes
100-metre hurdles 13.48 secs =15th 1,053 =15th 1,053 Equals personal best
High jump 1.89 m 2nd 1,093 3rd 2,146 Personal Best
Shot put 11.32 m 38th 616 20th 2,762
200 metres 23.73 secs 9th 1,007 14th 3,769 Personal Best
Long Jump 6.19 m 9th 908 12th 4,677
Javelin 38.37 m 30th 636 16th 5,313
800 metres 2:10:76 6th 954 15th 6,267 Personal Best
Heptathlon 6,267 15th British Junior record

2013 World Athletics championships[edit]

Event Result Position Points Overall pos. Overall pts. Notes
100-metre hurdles 13.49 secs 7th 1,052 7th 1,052
High jump 1.83 m 7th 1,016 4th 2,068
Shot put 11.52 m 31st 629 14th 2,697
200 metres 23.37 secs 2nd 1,042 6th 3,739 Personal Best
Long Jump 6.56 m 2nd 1,027 5th 4,766 Personal Best
Javelin 40.86 m 19th 684 5th 5,450 Personal Best
800 metres 2:07:64 3rd 999 5th 6,449 Personal Best
Heptathlon 6,449 5th Personal Best


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  2. ^ "We're on the road to Rio! Meet the seven young British athletes who Sportsmail will follow all the way to the Olympics in 2016". Daily Mail (London). 
  3. ^ Wright, Jade (25 July 2012). "Why Halewood teen Katarina Johnson-Thompson is going for gold in the Olympics". www.liverpoolecho.co.uk. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Prentice, David (4 July 2012). "Factfiles on Merseyside's four athletes in Team GB's squad for the Olympics in London". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Gunderson, Craig (12 January 2012). "Katarina Johnson-Thompson Anticipates Successful 2012". athleticos.org. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Prentice, David (12 June 2012). "Jessica Ennis tips Katarina Johnson-Thompson for the top after more record breaking heptathlon feats". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Katarina Johnson-Thompson beats Jessica Ennis's junior record". BBC Sport. 6 May 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Results 2012 – heptathlon". IAAF. 6 May 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  9. ^ Hart, Simon (10 June 2012). "London 2012 Olympics: Jessica Ennis believes Katarina Johnson-Thompson 'can surpass me in the heptathlon'". The telegraph. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  10. ^ Prentice, David (27 June 2012). "Katarina Johnson-Thompson to scale back events at World Junior Athletics Championships". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Women's Heptathlon". Official site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "Vote for European Athlete of the Month for March". uka.org.uk. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "Nominations announced for 2012 European Athlete of the Year". uka.org.uk. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  14. ^ "Farah and Ennis voted British Athletes of the Year". uka.org.uk. 26 October 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  15. ^ "Athletics – Johnson-Thompson breaks national high jump record". http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  16. ^ "Katarina Johnson-Thompson breaks British high jump record". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  17. ^ http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/other-sport/athletics/liverpool-athlete-katarina-johnson-thompson-underlines-7412131
  18. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/jun/01/katarina-johnson-thompson-wins-gotzis-heptathlon
  19. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/jul/21/katarina-johnson-thompson-commonwealth-games-foot-injury-glasgow