Katarina Johnson-Thompson finishes eighth out of nine in the long jump at the British Grand Prix


Katarina Johnson-Thompson finishes eighth out of nine in the long jump at the British Grand Prix as she continues her injury-shortened build-up to Tokyo

Katarina Johnson-Thompson continued her comeback from a ruptured achilles in Gateshead on Tuesday night but was well short of form just three weeks before she competes at the Tokyo Olympics.

After a moderate effort in the high jump in a low-key meet in Montpellier a fortnight ago, which served as her first outing since suffering the injury in December, the heptathlon world champion managed an underwhelming best of 6.10 metres in the long jump at Gateshead.

While expectations have been reduced by such a serious issue, Johnson-Thompson had indicated earlier this week that she is still aiming for a medal in Tokyo. 

Katarina Johnson-Thompson continued her injury-shortened build-up to Tokyo on Tuesday

Katarina Johnson-Thompson continued her injury-shortened build-up to Tokyo on Tuesday

But she clearly faces a difficult race against time to be competitive after finishing eighth out of nine and a full 82cm short of her personal best. 

‘I felt really good,’ she said. ‘The distance was not there unfortunately but it means I have three weeks to know exactly what I need to do to get in the best shape for Tokyo.’

Earlier, British 800m champion Elliot Giles maintained his impressive form to win the Emsley Carr Mile in 3min 52.49sec and fringe Tokyo contender Cindy Sember took the 100m hurdles in 12.69sec.

British pairing CJ Ujah (10.10sec) and Zharnel Hughes (10.13sec) were second and third behind Olympic 100m favourite Trayvon Bromell, who crossed in 9.98sec.

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