I can't believe it. It's like being in a dream. I'm just so happy that it's come true. It's a dream come true to do it again.
funetics Ambassador Katarina Johnson-Thompson has just become the World Champion for heptathlon for the second time to add to her two Commonwealth Games titles!
We pass on our huge congratulations to her!
On running, KJT says of the final 800m of the heptathlon in Budapest:
"That was the easiest run I've ever done in my life! I didn't know the time until halfway around the victory lap. It's so easy to run when there's something on the line, that was one of the easiest things I've ever done."
Katarina has often been asked what her favourite events are - and they have to be High Jump and Long Jump. In fact, she has won individual medals and held national records in the high jump and long jump.
Budapest 2023 saw her throws events really made a difference to her points score; her shot put on day 1 was 13.64m which was her third best ever. And in the penultimate event on day 2, she threw the javelin out to a lifetime best of 46.14m putting 1.61m (worth 34 extra points) onto her Personal Best. KJT won over her American rival by just 20 points.
She says there's always been support from others, especially fellow heptathletes Jessica Ennis-Hill and Denise Lewis,
"Jess is the ultimate person that I learned from back in 2012 and 2015. Denise has been with me through thick and thin. She's always texting me and this one's for her as well. She's been part of the team just as much as my coaches and I'm so happy we could do it."
So Katarina really epitomises what it takes to master the fundamental sports skills of Run, Jump, and Throw which is what funetics is all about! Maybe a future Olympic, Commonwealth or World champion will be introduced to athletics through our funetics programme?