Katarina Johnson-Thompson: ‘To make it the Tokyo begin line was a miracle’

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Britain’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson stated it was a miracle for her to make it to the beginning line within the Tokyo Olympics after she was forced to withdraw from the heptathlon with an damage to her proper calf on Wednesday within the 200m dash.

Johnson-Thompson was in fifth place general heading into the 200m, nevertheless, she pulled up within the first 100m and fell onto the observe in apparent ache.

On Thursday, Johnson-Thompson stated in an announcement posted on Twitter: “I don’t know where to begin in trying to explain how I feel. Only a handful of people understand what I’ve been through. Even a smaller amount understand the mental and physical challenges I’ve faced trying to make it back in time through a pandemic after my Achilles ruptured the back end of December. I started the year in a wheelchair and I was not willing to end my Olympic campaign the same way.

“To make it to the road was a miracle. To not solely try this, however be on my technique to placing a good rating collectively, is heartbreaking. I actually believed I used to be able to successful a medal regardless of having as much as half a yr of missed coaching.”

In 2019, Johnson-Thompson upended her life by moving to France and changing coaches, and a few months later ruptured her Achilles which put her third Olympics in question.

She added: “More than ever, I’m proud that I confirmed up, put myself on the market and tried. It would have been very straightforward to shrink back & pull out, to say I wasn’t prepared and blame the damage however I’m not that sort of athlete or individual. I’m a fighter, I’m gritty [as f—k] and I discover it extraordinarily laborious to surrender. I can relaxation straightforward figuring out I utilized myself each single day and pushed till I could not push anymore.

“I’ve sacrificed so much, moving my entire life to France five years ago away from my family and friends. I’ve lost heart knowing that the work my team and I have done for the last eight months was for this outcome and I hate that my story has played out in more heartbreak. I’ve been knocked so many times and got back up, but it will take a lot of time for me to process this reality. I appreciate everyone’s kind messages. Thank you.”

The heptathlon occasions proceed on Thursday with the lengthy bounce, javelin and 800m race because of go forward.




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