Katarina Johnson-Thompson makes it double gold for School Games alumni

The Youth Sport Trust are delighted to congratulate former School Games athlete and ambassador Katarina Johnson-Thompson on winning the heptathlon gold medal at the World Championships in Doha.

Katarina won the event with a British record 6,981 points, beating 2017 champion Nafissatou Thiam by 304 points, whilst also surpassing the personal best of Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, who scored 6,955 points at the London Olympics in 2012.

KJT competed in the School Games in both 2008 and 2009 as a high jumper, winning a gold and silver medal, before returning to the Games as an ambassador in 2010 alongside future Olympic champion swimmer Adam Peaty.

She becomes the second School Games alumni to win gold in as many days following Dina Asher-Smith’s 200m win on Wednesday. The medal added to an already fantastic competition for Dina who took 100m silver earlier this week as well as the British female record over the distance.

The School Games National Finals, supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, is a major multi-sport event for the most talented young athletes across the UK.

First established back in 2006, the School Games has since become a launching pad for future Olympic and Paralympic stars, and following the success of London 2012 has taken on the mission of demonstrating the legacy around our home Games.

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