Katarina Johnson-Thompson Qualifies for Rio


While most Brits were enjoying a long bank holiday weekend last week, our Healthy Sleep Ambassador, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, was taking part in an annual athletics competition – the Hypo-Meeting in Gotzis, Austria.

It is known within athletics as the unofficial World Championships for multi-eventers, as usually all the best multi-event athletes throughout the world compete in this meet. Kat is no exception and on her first time competing in Gotzis in 2014, she won the whole event, beating a very competitive field including World Indoor & Commonwealth Champion, Brianne Thieson-Eaton.

This year she was not as lucky, slipping to sixth place on the second day after scoring three personal bests on the Saturday. However, Kat got what she came for, qualifying for the Rio Olympics with a score of 6,304.

“My goal is definitely a gold medal still in Rio. I’ve got a lot to work on between now and then but this is my first time back after knee surgery, so I know exactly what I need to work on. I know that I have a big jump in me. The shot put is definitely a bigger concern for me.”

Kat will continue to train right the way up to Rio. She will now undertake much more technical training – so working on various stages of throwing the javelin & shot put, hurdling, high & long jump.

Slumberland wishes her the best of luck, and a good night’s sleep in her own bed now she’s back!


Image Credit: Mark Shearman Athletics Images