Athlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson jumps over a hurdle during a race

Katarina Johnson-Thompson (centre) also competed at LIA 2023. Image provided by Still Sport Photography.

Britain’s KJT amongst star athletes set for Loughborough International

Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Great Britain’s 2023 world heptathlon champion, is set to compete at this year’s Loughborough International Athletics (LIA) competition.

The reigning Commonwealth champion is poised to compete in the 100m hurdles, shot put, and high jump respectively.

Held on Sunday 19 May at the University’s Paula Radcliffe Stadium, LIA is widely recognised as the curtain raiser to the outdoor season with teams from England, Scotland, Wales, GB U20s, National Athletics League and Loughborough competing for the overall crown.

Alongside Johnson-Thompson, the expected capacity crowd will witness more of the world’s brightest athletes including Olympic finalist Emily Borthwick (high jump), reigning British and British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) javelin champions Bekah Walton and Ben East, GB 4x400m international Ben Higgins, and indoor BUCS 400m record holder, Emily Newnham.

Away from the athletics, there will also be various activities for children in the fun zone, including face painting, circus skills, and more. Spectators will also have access to food stalls and refreshments.

Tickets start at £3 for students and £8 for adults and can be purchased in advance by visiting:

Doors for LIA open at 10 am with the first event starting at 10.50 am. 

Notes for editors

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2023 QS World University Rankings – the seventh year running – and University of the Year for Sport by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2022.

Loughborough is ranked 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2023, 10th in the Guardian University League Table 2024 and 10th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’, and in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 over 90% of its research was rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally-excellent’. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking.