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Tokyo Olympics: Katarina Johnson-Thompson will ‘take time to course of’ Olympic withdrawal

Dates: 23 July-8 August Time in Tokyo: BST +8
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Katarina Johnson-Thompson says she is “going to take some time to process” her withdrawal from the Olympic with a calf injury in a “heartbreaking” end to her Games.

“I’ve been knocked so many times and got back up,” Johnson-Thompson said.

“But it will take a lot of time for me to process this reality.”

Johnson-Thompson had slipped two places to fifth after finishing 15th in the shot put before the 200m.

In a Twitter post,external-link the Liverpudlian wrote: “I truly believed I was capable of winning a medal despite having up to half a year of missed training.”

After pulling up as she came off the bend in the 200m, Johnson-Thompson put her head in her hands and writhed in pain on the floor.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson is offered a wheelchair by doctors on the track
Johnson-Thompson refused to be taken from the track in a wheelchair after she pulled up

Refusing to be taken from the track in a wheelchair, she got up to hobble over the line but was then disqualified for leaving her lane.

“I started the year in a wheelchair and I was not willing to end my Olympic campaign the same way,” she said.

“To make it to the line was a miracle. To not only do that, but to be on my way to putting a decent score together, is heartbreaking.”

Johnson-Thompson is due to defend her world title in Oregon next year, while the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and European Championships in Munich also take place in 2022.

“Only a handful of people understand what I’ve been through,” she continued.

“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.

“More than ever, I am proud that I showed up, put myself out there and tried. It would have been very easy to shy away and pull out, to say I wasn’t ready and blame the injury but I’m not that type of athlete or person.

“I am a fighter. I’m gritty and I find it extremely hard to give up. I can rest easy knowing I applied myself every single day and pushed until I couldn’t push anymore.”

Johnson-Thompson added she had “sacrificed so much” by moving away from loved ones to train in France five years ago.

“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,” she said.

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