Katarina Johnson-Thompson will seek to rebuild her career in the USA after injury nightmare

Katarina Johnson-Thompson will seek to rebuild her career in the USA with Florida-based coach Petros Kyprianou following injury nightmare and split with Bertrand Valcin

  • Katarina Johnson-Thompson will train in Florida for the remainder of this year 
  • She parted company with Bertrand Valcin due to his other commitments
  • Cypriot Petros Kyprianou also coaches Maicel Uibo and Kendell Williams











Katarina Johnson-Thompson will rebuild her career in the USA after teaming up with Florida-based coach Petros Kyprianou.

Sportsmail revealed last month the heptathlete had parted company with Bertrand Valcin, the Frenchman who led her to the 2019 world title at the peak of a hugely successful tandem of almost five years.

But Valcin’s commitments with the French Federation mean he can no longer oversee Johnson-Thompson’s day-to-day training in Montpellier.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson has teamed up with Florida-based coach Petros Kyprianou

Cypriot Kyprianou, 43, coaches the world silver medal-winning decathlete Maicel Uibo and the leading US heptathlete Kendell Williams. 

It is not yet decided if Johnson-Thompson will be based in the US, but she will train in Florida for the remainder of this year as she overcomes the crushing disappointment of a calf injury during the Tokyo Olympics.

She told Sportsmail: ‘It is sad that the chapter with Bertrand had to come to an end. He was a perfect fit for me at a time when I needed him the most. He is still at the end of the phone and I go forward with someone who has a different personality, a different approach and who can push me in a different way for this cycle.

Heptathlete suffered a calf injury at the Olympics after recovering from a ruptured achilles

Heptathlete suffered a calf injury at the Olympics after recovering from a ruptured achilles

‘I think he (Kyprianou) is one of the best combined events coaches there is. There are only a handful I would trust with my career and he is one. He is a specialist jumps coach, which is big for me, and has a big personality which is going to take me through the next couple of years.’

Johnson-Thompson had a devastating season, with a ruptured achilles at the end of 2020 almost keeping her out of Tokyo. Despite the setback she reached medal contention before a calf injury forced her to retire after four events. It required surgery.

Speaking at an event to promote Muller, she added: ‘Tokyo was a bad time, so these changes are a bit reinvigorating. It is about new environment, a challenge, a new voice as I build up again.’

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