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Tuesday, 28 January 2014
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRO-BRITISH " KATARINA JOHNSON-THOMPSON " IS AN ENGLISH TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETE SPECIALIZING IN HEPTATHLON : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY Katarina Johnson-Thompson born 9 January 1993 is an English track and field athlete specializing in heptath3.2 2013 World Athletics Championships.
Born in Liverpool, Merseyside, her father Ricardo is Bahamian. She attended St Julie's Catholic High School in Woolton and John Moores University in Liverpool.
Johnson-Thompson represents Liverpool Harriers and is coached by Mike Holmes. Her development was in part funded by the Wells Sports Foundation set up by Barrie Wells, which gave her access to the foundation's patron, Jessica Ennis (now Jessica Ennis-Hill).
At the 2009 World Youth Championships in Athletics in Brixen, Italy, she won the gold medal in the heptathlon. She missed most of the 2010 athletics season suffering from patellar tendinopathy, also known as jumper's knee.
Johnson-Thompson broke Jessica Ennis's British junior record at the Multistars competition held in Desenzano del Garda, Italy in May 2012. Her score of 6007 points was enough to take third position at the event behind Sofía Ifadídou of Greece and French athlete Blandine Maisonnier. The score also meant she had surpassed the 'B' qualifying standard for the 2012 Olympics, however it fell short of the 6,150 points 'A' standard.
In June 2012 Johnson-Thompson achieved the 'A' qualifying standard for the 2012 Olympics by scoring a new personal best of 6,248 points at the TNT – Fortuna Meeting held in the Sletiště Stadium, Kladno, Czech Republic. At the meeting she set six new personal bests across the seven events to beat her previous best score by 241 points.
At the 2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics held in Barcelona, Spain, Johnson-Thompson chose not to compete in the full heptathlon competition in order to save herself for the Olympics; instead she took part in the long jump—winning a gold medal with a jump of 6.81 metres—and the 100 metres hurdles.
Johnson-Thompson competed for Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the women's heptathlon alongside compatriots Jessica Ennis and Louise Hazel at the Olympic Stadium on 3–4 August 2012. She finished in 15th place with a score of 6267.
In early April 2012, alongside fellow Brits Tiffany Porter and Yamile Aldama, she was nominated for "European Athlete of the Month" for March. In September, Johnson-Thompson was nominated for the "European Athletics Rising Star award". In October, Johnson-Thompson won the "Lillian Board Memorial Award" (for junior women) at the 2012 British Athletics Writers' Association Awards.