Who is Katarina Johnson-Thompson and can she win gold at the 2018 European Championships?

KATARINA JOHNSON-THOMPSON has had a superb 2018 so far winning the World Indoor Pentathlon gold in Birmingham and the Heptathlon gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

She is now set her sights on another gold medal at the European Championships in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.

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Katarina Johnson-Thompson finally tasted glory on the global stage with victory in the pentathlon at the 2018 World Indoior ChampionshipsIn Birmingham the horrors of recent global campaigns were forgotten as she came out on top over five disciplines.

Admittedly she was up against a moderate field but 25-year-old Kat still lapped up an immense victory.

What is Katarina Johnson-Thompson's background?

Her parents are called Tracey and Ricardo, who is from the Bahamas.

She grew up in Liverpool and attended Catholic High School. Some of her early funding came from the Wells Athletic Foundation.

Tell me about Kat's career in a nutshell

Ever since Kat became European Under-23 heptathlon champion five years ago the Liverpudlian was expected to inherit the multi-eventing throne of Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Until Friday that glorious night in Birmingham a few weeks ago she had been eclipsed by Olympic and world champion Nafi Thiam.

But she reigned supreme after the 60m hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and 800m.

In Beijing in 2008, and then London and Rio poor Kat suffered Olympic heartache that less robust characters would not have recovered.

But she finally came up with a complete performance, having relocated to France to change her coaching set-up in 2017.

 Kat has set her heart on Olympic glory - after she cleans up at the Commonwealth Games

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Kat has set her heart on Olympic glory – after she cleans up at the Commonwealth Games
 It looks as though there is nothing to stop Kat now with her new-found confidence

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It looks as though there is nothing to stop Kat now with her new-found confidence

What about her other results?

Kat was 15th at London 2012 and then fifth at the 2013 World Championships.

In the long jump she was the 2012 World Junior champion and the 2014 World Indoor silver medallist. In 2015 she became the European Indoor pentathlon champion 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 1.97 m at the 2015 British Indoor Athletics Championships.

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Kat is also the British indoor long jump record holder with a distance of 6.93m, finishing sixth in the 2016 Olympic Games and fifth in the 2017 World Championships.

In winning her recent world indoor title Kat recorded a season's best of 4,750 points.

When will she be competing in Berlin?

The women's heptathlon starts on Thursday, August 9.

The BBC are showing the atheltics and other sports from the European Championships on BBC2 and BBC1 throughout the day.
Coverage starts from 9am.

 

KATARINA JOHNSON-THOMPSON has had a superb 2018 so far winning the World Indoor Pentathlon gold in Birmingham and the Heptathlon gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.