‘I began the year in a wheelchair and I used to be not keen to finish my Olympic marketing campaign the identical manner’: Katarina Johnson-Thompson releases emotional statement after heartbreaking Olympic heptathlon withdrawal on account of Achilles harm in center of the 200m observe
The scale of Katarina Johnson-Thompson’s devastation over her Olympic heartbreak was spelled out on Thursday after which compounded by a heptathlon leaderboard that’s lower than formidable.
In a statement uncooked with honesty, the 28-year-old detailed the ‘miracle’ she required to get to Tokyo within the wake of her ruptured Achilles final year, earlier than telling of her perception that she was inside attain of a medal when her proper calf failed within the 200m.
Her breakdown wrecked that sudden chance, and it might probably solely have added to the world champion’s frustration that the scores via six of seven disciplines have indicated a bronze medal would have been properly inside attain.
Katarina Johnson-Thompson has made an emotional statement after her Olympic heartbreak
The Team GB star collapsed in the midst of her heptathlon bid with an Achilles downside
‘I do not know the place to start in making an attempt to clarify how I really feel,’ she wrote on social media. ‘Only a handful of individuals perceive what I’ve been via. Even a smaller quantity perceive the psychological and bodily challenges I’ve confronted making an attempt to make it again in time via a pandemic after my Achilles rupture the again finish of December.’
In emotive scenes at the Olympic Stadium on Wednesday, Johnson-Thompson refused a wheelchair when she was stricken on the observe, and as an alternative insisted on ending beneath her personal steam earlier than withdrawing from the competitors.
She defined: ‘I began the year in a wheelchair and I used to be not keen to finish my Olympic marketing campaign the identical manner.
‘To make it to the road was a miracle, not solely to try this however to be on my option to placing a good rating collectively is heartbreaking. I actually believed I used to be able to profitable a medal regardless of having as much as half a year of missed coaching.
The 28-year-old’s emotional statement comes round 24 hours after she pulled up with harm
The 28-year-old picked herself to bravely hobble over the 200m race line after the harm
‘More than ever I’m proud that I confirmed up, put myself on the market and tried. It would have been very simple to shrink back and pull out, to say I wasn’t prepared and blame the harm, however I’m not that kind of athlete or individual. I’m a fighter. I’m gritty and I discover it extraordinarily arduous to surrender.
‘I’ve sacrificed a lot, transferring my complete life to France 5 years in the past, away from my household and pals. I’ve lost coronary heart realizing that the work my crew and I’ve achieved for this final eight months was for this end result and I hate that my story has performed out in additional heartbreak.
‘I’ve been knocked so many occasions and bought again up, however it would take a whole lot of time for me to course of this actuality.’
Johnson-Thompson refused assist from medical workers as she was decided to complete her race