Katarina Johnson-Thompson says injury will not affect Olympic plans

Figcaption Katarina Johnson Thompson Says Injury Will Not Affect Olympic Plans
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Katarina Johnson-Thompson has suffered an achilles injury but says it will not affect her plans for the Tokyo Olympics in the summer.

The heptathlon world champion suffered the injury towards the end of last year and has been in a protective boot, which comes off on Monday. She is unlikely to begin training until March.

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In a post on Instagram, Johnson-Thompson wrote: “My rehab is going as well as could be expected and whilst I am currently at home in Liverpool focusing on my recovery I will be heading back to Montpellier to begin training again in March.

“Understandably this is not the start to the year I was hoping for but I’m pleased to be able to share this off the back of a positive few weeks. I have a great team around me and I would like to thank them, along with all of my partners, for their unwavering support through what has been a difficult year for everyone. This news doesn’t impact my plans for 2021, Tokyo is still very much the focus and I look forward to representing Great Britain in my 3rd Olympic Games. Thanks for all your support!”

Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith on her way to victory in Düsseldorf. Photograph: Martin Meissner/AP

Dina Asher-Smith made it two victories in the space of three days by winning the 60 metres in Düsseldorf. The 25-year-old equalled her personal best of 7.08 seconds to win in Karlsruhe on Friday and followed it up with a time of 7.12sec in her second competitive race since 2019.

Asher-Smith next competes in France in 10 days but is pleased with how her 2021 has started, building up to the European indoor championships in Poland in March.

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“I was really happy with how I started in Karlsruhe,” she said. “I knew I was in good shape but sometimes it takes me a few meets to get going. So, I was happy to come out and perform really well a few days ago. Hopefully with a bit more training and a bit more hard work, we can push to faster times.

“The Europeans will be really exciting, it will be great to get out there in a championship again. I love championships. It is the most fun for me, so it will be really exciting to get out there and perform with heats, semi-finals and a final again.”

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