EXCLUSIVE: Katarina Johnson-Thompson suffers an injury a few months before the Olympic Games in Tokyo, as the hope for a British heptathlon medal suffers from an Achilles tendon problem and is forced to wear protective boots
Katarina Johnson-Thompson’s Olympic preparations suffered a severe blow after the heptathlon world champion sustained an Achilles tendon injury.
Sportsmail can show that one of the UK’s best gold medal shots for Tokyo has been in a protective boot since the training accident in late 2020.
While it’s unclear whether the injury will need surgery, it is believed she won’t be able to return to training until March. The boat is expected to depart this week.
Katarina Johnson-Thompson wore protective boots a few months before the Olympic Games in Tokyo after an Achilles tendon injury
British medal hope for Tokyo suffered a setback late last year and is now recovering
Sources have indicated that her participation in the Games is no doubt and that she has made excellent progress in her recovery.
Still, it’s a worrying development that the 28-year-old will have to spend up to two months outside of training at the start of the Olympic season.
Johnson-Thompson’s rise over the past three years has been one of the most encouraging in British sport.
After winning a number of gold medals at major championships, Johnson-Thompson was crowned glory
The 28-year-old Johnson-Thompson took part in the long jump at the Indoor Grand Prix last year
After holding back from injuries and poor performance early in her career, she has become a major global gold medalist at the 2019 World Championships, 2019 European Indoors, 2018 European Championships and 2018 European Indoors. She also won silver at the 2018 European Championships.
That world title in 2019, when she destroyed Olympic champion Nafi Thiam, sparked one of the most fascinating showdowns in Tokyo.
It is currently unknown if her injured Achilles is on her left foot, which she is jumping off.