Team GB star Katarina Johnson-Thompson has suffered injury heartbreak at the Tokyo Olympics after suffering a recurrence of her Achilles injury
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Katarina Johnson-Thompson was left writhing in agony on the track after suffering a heartbreaking recurrence of her Achilles injury in the heptathlon.
The Team GB star pulled up injured in the 200 metres before picking herself up to jog over the line, ending her medal hopes.
Johnson-Thompson, 28, went down after completing the bend but refused treatment – and a wheelchair – and completed the race.
However, she was disqualified because she left her lane.
Johnson-Thompson is now a major doubt to complete the heptathlon and was left devastated by the injury.
She had sat fifth after the shot putt and is still due to compete in the long jump, javelin and 800 metres.
It ruins a promising first day for the Liverpudlian and leaves her medal hopes in tatters.
Johnson-Thompson’s injury nightmare is the latest blow to an already beleaguered Team GB.
Dina Asher-Smith pulled out of the 200 metres having failed to make the 100 metres final due to battling a hamstring problem sustained in the trials in June.
Adam Gemili also tore his hamstring before running in his 200 metres heat, completing the race by walking over the line.
Keely Hodgkinson’s silver medal in the women’s 800 metres remains Great Britain’s only athletics medal of the game so far.
Former heptathlon champions Denise Lewis and Jessica Ennis-Hill expressed their sympathy for Johnson-Thompson.
Lewis told the BBC: “I’m just so gutted for her. So gutted for her. She’s worked so hard to get to this stage.”
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Ennis-Hill added: “She’s been such a victim to the past 18 months. She had the best year of her life in 2019, she was ready to go.
“When you’re in that position, going into an Olympic year, that’s the best place you can be – you just need to ride through the winter, maintain that form, and you’re at the Olympics.
“But she’s had that 18-month lay-off where it’s really hard to maintain that, how hard you push with training. The event is so gruelling and it’s ended up in injury. It’s utterly, utterly devastating for her.
“For the years that she’s had in the sport, there’s been some lows. It seems so unfair that she has to be in this position again.”