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Tokyo Olympics: Katarina Johnson’s calf injury forces her to opt out of the women’s heptathlon

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Katarina Johnson had ruptured her Achilles last year and it looks like the star athlete has not yet recovered from her injury yet. Katarina had taken part in the 200m women’s heptathlon but was disqualified because her calf injury forced her to leave the lane. The Liverpudlian finished in the 15th spot in the shot put.

Tokyo Olympics: Katarina Johnson's calf injury forces her to opt out of the women's heptathlon - THE SPORTS ROOM

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Katarina Johnson suffers calf injury

Spectators witnessed the heavy strapping on her right calf which indicated that the star was still having problems. Despite the pain, Katarina continued running on the track but after a certain point, the pain was too much for her and she was seen writhing in pain, covering her face in her hands.

A wheelchair was brought in to help take her off the track, but she refused to sit in the wheelchair and be wheeled away. Instead, she hobbled her way over the line.

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Katarina was unavailable to comment on the said event but Olympic champion Kwakye had something to say about her show at the heptathlon.

“I think we all thought it was amazing to see her run in the hurdles but there was limping after the high jump and there was always going to be a lot of stress on the Achilles.”

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She recorded her second-fastest time to place second in the 100m hurdles heat clocking 13.27 seconds. She lost her balance in the high jump and was given a score of 2886 points. The first place was taken by Nafissatou Thiam scoring 3025 points.

Even during the 100m women’s hurdles, Katarina was getting treatment for her injury between the high jumps. The nation had expected her to bear the pain and showcase a similar performance at the 200m heptathlon, but unfortunately, the ruptured Achilles heel proved to be a major detriment.

Katarina will be seen next year competing in the World Championship that is to take place in Oregon. It has yet to be seen whether she can continue to hold her world championship title. Depending on her physical condition, she might also make an appearance at the Commonwealth Games and the European Championship.

After Katarina withdrew from the heptathlon event citing injury, Britain has so far lost two sprinters Dina Asher-Smith and Adam Gemili from Britain’s Tokyo Athletics team.

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