Britain Olympian Katarina Johnson-Thompson suffers injury during heptathlon, waves off assistance to finish

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Katarina Johnson-Thompson, a world champion heptathlete, fell during the Tokyo Olympics event on Wednesday, refused the wheelchair to help her off the track and managed to finish the race.

Johnson-Thompson injured her right calf muscle and fell during the 200-meter segment of the seven-event competition. Medical personnel tried to help her into a wheelchair but she refused.

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While she crossed the finish line, Johnson-Thompson was disqualified for stepping out of her lane. Her preparation for the event was hampered due to a series of injuries, including one to her left Achilles tendon.

She had been in fifth place after the 100-meter hurdles, high jump and long jump events.

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Anouk Vetter, of the Netherlands, led the event with three more remaining. Belgium athletes Noor Vidts and Nafissatou Thiam were in second and third place in the event.

Johnson-Thompson was competing in her third Olympics. She finished in 14th place in the 2012 London Games and in sixth place in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

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She had come in first in the heptathlon in the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2019 World Championships. She is also a champion in the pentathlon, finishing in first place in the 2018 World Indoor Championships and the 2019 European Indoor Championships.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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