In August, Liverpool’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson secured her second heptathlon world title at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, marking a remarkable comeback after facing challenges in recent years.
Despite her stellar achievements, Johnson-Thompson revealed feeling like an underdog before the Championships, citing a lack of recognition in pre-event articles and promotional materials. The 30-year-old athlete emphasized the importance of self-belief and credited her support team for instilling confidence in her abilities.
Johnson-Thompson’s journey to gold in Budapest was characterized by personal bests in the javelin, shot put, and 800m, showcasing her resilience. Overcoming an Achilles injury in 2020 and a calf muscle tear in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, she expressed gratitude for regaining her form and competitive spirit.
Looking ahead to the Paris 2024 Olympics, Johnson-Thompson prioritizes staying injury-free as she seeks the elusive Olympic medal. Having faced Olympic heartbreak in Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2021, she emphasizes a day-by-day approach and maintaining a healthy mindset.
Reflecting on her experience with three Olympic Games, Johnson-Thompson draws inspiration from competing against the best in heptathlon history. Learning from 2012 Olympic champion Jess Ennis-Hill and recognizing the depth of competition, she remains focused on continuous improvement.
Off the track, Johnson-Thompson is dedicated to giving back, serving as an ambassador for the LFC Foundation. Collaborating with Liverpool FC, she supports local young athletes through her academy, aiming to provide opportunities for aspiring athletes facing challenges, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As Johnson-Thompson prepares for the next phase of her career, she remains committed to personal growth, healthy competition, and making a positive impact beyond the track.