Katarina Johnson-Thompson

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Katarina Johnson-Thompson
Katarina Johnson-Thompson Olympic Parade.jpg
Johnson-Thompson in 2012
Personal information
Born (1993-01-09) 9 January 1993 (age 24)
Woolton, Liverpool, Merseyside, 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. 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 1.97m at the 2015 British Indoor Athletics Championships, and the British indoor long jump record, with a distance of 6.93m.

Early life[edit]

Johnson-Thompson was born in Woolton, Liverpool, Merseyside.[1] Her father, Ricardo, is Bahamian. Her mother Tracey was a dancer.[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 was formerly 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]

In the 2013 IAAF World Championships heptathlon, Katarina Johnson-Thompson finished in 5th place. After a first day which left her in 5th place, with a PB in the 200m, she had an excellent second day with PB's in the Long Jump, Javelin and the 800m. However she admitted afterwards that she wished she had set her target of finishing in the Top 8 with more ambition, having finished just 28 points away from bronze medallist Dafne Schippers.[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]

Johnson-Thompson set a new British high jump record with a height of 1.97 metres at the British Indoor Championships in Sheffield on 14 February 2015,[20] surpassing her previous record of 1.96 metres set on 8 February 2014.[21] Prior to Johnson-Thompson, Debbie Marti's 1.95 metre jump had held the record since 1997.

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.[22]

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.[23]

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.[24] She missed out on a medal at the Games, taking sixth in the heptathlon, although her performance in the heptathlon high jump of 1.98m set a new British high jump record, and would have been good enough to take gold in the stand-alone Olympic high jump competition.[25] In September 2016, UK Athletics confirmed that Johnson-Thompson had split with coach Mike Holmes, having been trained by him since 2008.[26]

International competitions[edit]

Katarina Johnson-Thompson competes in the Long Jump event at the Anniversary Games in London, July 2016
Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Great Britain
2009 World Youth Championships Brixen, Italy 1st Heptathlon 5750 pts[27]
European Junior Championships Novi Sad, Serbia 8th Heptathlon 5375
2011 European Junior Championships Tallinn, Estonia 6th Heptathlon 5787
2012 World Junior Championships Barcelona, Spain 1st Long jump 6.81 m
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 14th Heptathlon 6267 pts
2013 European U23 Championships Tampere, Finland 1st Heptathlon 6215 pts
World Championships Moscow, Russia 5th Heptathlon 6449 pts
2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 2nd Long jump 6.81 m
2015 European Indoor Championships Prague, Czech Republic 1st Pentathlon 5000 pts
World Championships Beijing, China 28th Heptathlon 5039 pts
11th Long jump 6.63m
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 6th Heptathlon 6523 pts

Detailed results[edit]

*Competition is ongoing

Competition 100 m hurdles High jump Shot put 200 metres Long jump Javelin 800 metres Heptathlon[28]
2012 Olympic Games 13.48 sec 1.89 m 11.32 m 23.73 sec 6.19 m 38.37 m 2:10.76 min NJR 6267 pts
2013 World Championships 13.49 1.83 m 11.52 m 23.37 sec 6.56 m (PB) 40.86 m (PB) 2:07.64 min (PB) 6449 pts
2015 World Championships 13.37 (PB) 1.89 m 12.47 m (PB) 23.08 sec (PB) - 39.52 m 2:50.73 min 5039 pts
2016 Olympic Games 13.48 1.98 m (PB) 11.68 m 23.25 sec 6.51 m 36.36 m 2:10.47 min PB 6523 pts

Personal bests[edit]

Outdoor Personal Bests
Event Record Points Venue Date Notes
100 metres hurdles 13.37 s 1069 Beijing, China
Götzis, Austria
22 August 2015
28 May 2016
IAAF World Championships in Athletics
High jump 1.98 m 1211 Rio de Janeiro, Brasil 12 August 2016 Summer Olympic Games, NR
Shot put 13.14 m 737 Wigan, England 7 May 2016 North of England League Division 2W
200 metres 22.79 s 1100 Götzis, Austria 28 May 2016 Hypo-Meeting
Long jump 6.92 1145 Glasgow, Scotland 11 July 2014 Sainsbury's Glasgow Grand Prix
Javelin 42.01 m 706 Wigan, England 9 August 2015 UK Women's League Division 3
800 metres 2:07.64 999 Moscow, Russia 13 August 2013 IAAF World Championships in Athletics
Heptathlon 6682 pts Total 6967 Götzis, Austria 1 June 2014 Hypo-Meeting

Indoor Personal Bests
Event Record Points Venue Date Notes
60 metres 7.50 s - Sheffield, England 18 January 2014 Northern Athletics U17/U20/Senior Championships
60 metres hurdles 8.18 s 1088 Prague, Czech Republic 6 March 2015 European Athletics Indoor Championships
High jump 1.97 m 1198 Sheffield, England 14 February 2015 British Indoor Athletics Championships, NRi
Shot put 12.49 m 694 Sheffield, England 18 January 2014 Northern Athletics U17/U20/Senior Championships
Long jump 6.93 1149 Birmingham, England 21 February 2015 Sainsbury's Grand Prix, NRi
800 metres 2:12.78 924 Prague, Czech Republic 6 March 2015 European Athletics Indoor Championships
Pentathlon 5000 pts Total 5053 Prague, Czech Republic 6 March 2015 European Athletics Indoor Championships, NRi

  • All information from Power of 10.[27]


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