Team GB star Katarina Johnson-Thompson is OUT of the heptathlon after pulling up with a calf injury in the 200m as she hobbles over the finish line in an agonising end to her Olympic Games
- Katarina Johnson-Thompson is out of the heptathlon after injuring her calf
- The Team GB star entered her 200m race in fifth position in the overall standings
- However, she went down on the bend and was disqualified for leaving her lane
- Johnson-Thompson had ruptured her achilles last year but recovered for Tokyo
- It has been confirmed that Johnson-Thompson is out of the heptathlon event
- Find out the latest Tokyo Olympic news including schedule, medal table and results right here
Team GB star Katarina Johnson-Thompson has suffered heartbreak after sustaining a devastating calf injury in the 200m of the women’s heptathlon to end her Olympic Games.
Johnson-Thompson admitted in the week she was ‘feeling lucky’ to even be competing in Tokyo after rupturing her left achilles just eight months ago, but it has now been confirmed she will take no further part in the heptathlon.
The Brit collapsed to the track in the 200m event after picking up an injury to her right calf and came in last as she hobbled over the finishing line.
The 28-year-old evoked memories of Derek Redmond’s heartbreaking hobble at Barcelona ’92 by refusing the wheelchair on standby and bravely continued on to finish the race.
She was disqualified after the race for leaving her lane, but her Olympic dream was already over at this point.
Katarina Johnson-Thompson is out of the heptathlon after injuring her achilles in the 200m
The 28-year-old went down on the bend during the 200m sprint in Tokyo on Wednesday
The Liverpudlian refused medical treatment to get to her feet and hobble over the line
Britain’s former heptathlon gold medallist Denise Lewis was close to tears after Johnson-Thompson’s Games came to a heartbreaking end.
‘Hurdles is a real test, you have got to drive out of the blocks hard, you have got to attack the hurdles,’ Lewis said on BBC.
‘But she hasn’t contested a 200 metres… the turn puts a lot of stress on those achilles tendons.
‘I am just so gutted for her! I am so gutted for her!’
Despite fitness concerns, Johnson-Thompson had been in the mix for a medal and sat in fifth position, just 45 points off Belgium’s Noor Vidts in the bronze position heading into the 200ms.
She was disqualified for leaving her lane with what appears to be an achilles injury
Johnson-Thompson had got off to a flier with a superb performance in the 100m hurdles
The Brit dropped down to fifth in the standings after the high jump and shot put events
The athletics star would’ve been one of the favourites to finish on the podium had she not picked up an injury back in December ahead of this year’s Olympics.
There were signs earlier on in the day that the Liverpudlian was struggling with her fitness as she required medical treatment during the high jump event.
The Brit had got her Olympic heptathlon campaign off to a flyer by winning the 100m hurdles on Wednesday, with an impressive time of 13.27 seconds – the second fastest of her career.
But she slipped down the order after the high jump and shot put events and will no longer compete in Tokyo.
It has been a nightmare Games for Team GB’s athletics team, with medal hopefuls Dina Asher-Smith and Adam Gemili also suffering injury heartbreak in Tokyo.
Asher-Smith, 25, missed out on the 100m final and was inconsolable as she announced her withdrawal from the 200m event with a hamstring injury. She is the reigning world champion in that event.
Gemili immediately pulled up with an injury in the 200m heats on Tuesday, and was in tears as he explained to the BBC that he sustained the injury just moments before taking to the track.
The 28-year-old had required treatment for a long running achilles problem in the high jump