‘It’s been a victory to get this far’: Katarina Johnson-Thompson ‘peace’ with her slim chance of winning the heptathlon with Olympic glory and will elude her after an Achilles tendon rupture cruelly robbed her of the chance to win gold
If luck can turn quickly in the sport, then Britain’s track and field athletes may want to invest in a new currency.
It is the epitome of bad luck that both of the country’s world champions arrived in Tokyo, unable to fulfill their potential.
With Dina Asher-Smith’s injury fresh in mind, it’s now been over eight months since the heavens fell on Katarina Johnson-Thompson.
A fully fit Katarina Johnson-Thompson would have gone toe-to-toe with Nafi Thiam (left)
The 28-year-old has done well to make it to the starting line after rupturing an Achilles tendon
According to her, her win will just be on the starting line on Wednesday when the heptathlon kicks off, after a ruptured Achilles tendon robbed her of the chance to duel Belgium’s Nafi Thiam for gold.
Had the Olympics continued last year she would have been a strong contender, but there’s nothing in her limited activity over the last three encounters to suggest she’s anywhere near her best.
Since then she has been mostly quiet Sports post broke the news of her injury in January, but since arriving in Tokyo, she has had a brave face. She has even stated that she is “peaceful” with what happened.
Johnson-Thompson’s last big game saw her claim the 2019 World Championship Gold
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“It’s been super hard and it’s been a win to get this far,” she said. “I have done very well to be able to compete after what I have been through. I’m at peace with that now – I’m a different athlete.’
“I’m 100 percent fit,” she added. “That doesn’t mean I’m in my personal best shape. I’m fit and training and ready to compete.’
A small victory in a difficult year.