Katarina Johnson-Thompson's name was spelt wrong on Olympic racing bib in heptathlon event

Johnson-Thompson finished sixth in the heptathlon while Team GB's Jessica Ennis won silver

Olivia Blair@livblair
Sunday 14 August 2016 12:10
Katarina Johnson-Thompson
Katarina Johnson-Thompson

Spare a thought for Katerina Johnson-Thompson, who when competing at the highest level of her respected field found her name spelt wrong on her official Rio 2016 racing bib.

Johnson-Thompson firmly established herself as a force to be reckoned with at the Rio games, providing a tough opponent for Jessica Ennis-Hill and other frontrunners throughout the heptathlon event. She also scored a personal best in the high jump and gave impressive performances in the hurdles.

Despite this, presumably somebody in the admin department managed to get her name wrong on her badge during the 200 metres event.

Eagle-eyed people on social media noticed the omission of an ’n’ in the first part of her double-barrelled surname on Friday.

The spelling mistake did not have have an effect on the 23-year-old’s performance as she stormed to win the event running a time of 23.26 seconds. In all her other events, the spelling of her surname was correct.


Johnson-Thompson ended up finishing sixth in the heptathlon after sitting comfortably in the top three for most of the event but failing to produce good enough results in the shot-put and javelin.

Ennis-Hill, who was the poster girl of the London 2012 games where she won a gold, failed to defend her title landing a silver medal one place behind Belgium’s Nafi Thiam who scored five personal bests across the seven events.

An emotional Ennis-Hill hinted after the competition that she might now retire, telling reporters: "It’s going to be a tough decision, Im going to go away and think about it. At this moment, I’m tired and emotional, it’s a big decision.”

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