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Katarina Johnson-Thompson - World no.1 Heptathlete


Katarina Johnson-Thompson - Photography by Sane Seven for The Female Lead

Heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson is the current World no.1 ranked Heptathlete and won the gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the 2019 world championships, breaking the British record with a score of 6,981 points. She also holds the British record of 5,000 points for the women's pentathlon, winning gold at the 2015 and 2019 European indoor championships, as well as in the 2018 world indoor championships. She was the 2012 world junior long jump champion and holds the British high jump record with 1.98 m outdoors (2016) and 1.97 m indoors (2015). Johnson-Thompson's heptathlon results include finishing 14th at the 2012 London Olympics, fifth at the 2013 World Championships, sixth at the 2016 Rio Olympics and second at the 2018 European Championships. She currently lives in Montpellier, France.



"I used to define my self-worth by my achievements on the track. But you have to separate your work from your personal life and separate your expectations from other people’s expectations. "

Katarina Johnson-Thompson


The Female Lead (Volume II): We Rise By Lifting Others:


Katarina's interview is a part of a wider collection for The Female Lead (Volume 2), We Rise By Lifting Others, a book of 67 women changing the world today.


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The women profiled in this book have come together to inspire future generations and to honour the women on whose shoulders we stand. The title We rise by lifting others is woven throughout the book; a belief in the need for a collective effort to make positive change. Not just for women, but for everyone.