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Tessa Sanderson

Full name: Theresa Ione "Tessa" Sanderson (-White)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-6 (168 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: March 14, 1956 in Burnt Savannah, Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica
Affiliations: WBAC, Wolverhampton (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Wife of Densign White.

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

A few months after Tessa Sanderson was born, her father went to England in search of work. When her mother joined him a year later, Tessa stayed in Jamaica where she was raised by her grandmother. In the spring of 1965, however, the nine-year-old Tessa was reunited with her parents, although her joy was tempered by the unattractive contrast between her tropical island home and the bleak industrial Midlands where Tessa's parents had settled.

After some promising performances in schools competition, Tessa Sanderson joined the Wolverhampton & Bilston AC where, in addition to her obvious potential as a javelin thrower, she showed great promise as a pentathlete. In 1975 she won the first of her eight British javelin titles and the following year she improved the UK record three times before finishing tenth at the Montréal Olympic Games. In 1977, Tessa improved her personal best in the javelin by exactly 10 metres and moved into second place on the all-time list; she then confirmed her position in 1978 by taking the Commonwealth title and finishing second at the European Championships. Her ambitions received a severe setback when she failed to qualify for the final at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, but four years later she took the gold medal in Los Angeles to become the first British woman to win a throwing event at the Olympics.

Although injury had prevented her from competing in the European and Commonwealth meets in 1982, she did win the Commonwealth title in 1986. But at the 1988 Olympics she was again handicapped by injury and did not qualify for the final. This was not to be her final Olympic appearance as she returned in 1992, where she narrowly missed a medal, and again at the age of 40 in Atlanta. As of 2011, she is the only British woman to compete at six Olympic Games.

After winning her third Commonwealth gold in 1990, she won her eighth WAAA javelin title and earned a place on the team for the European Championships. Surprisingly, this was the first time she had competed in the European Championships since winning a silver medal in 1978, but in Split in 1990 she finished back in 12th place. During her career, Tessa Sanderson set ten UK javelin records, of which five were also Commonwealth bests, and in 1981 she twice posted new UK and Commonwealth records for the heptathlon.

After her retirement from competition she founded the Tessa Sanderson Foundation and Academy, a charity which attempts to educate youngsters through sport, and also served as a vice-chair of Sport England. She is also a member of the board of the Olympic Park Legacy Company.

Personal Bests: JTold – 73.58 (241-4½) (1983); Hep – 6125 (1981).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Athletics Women's Javelin Throw Great Britain GBR 10
1980 Summer 24 Moskva Athletics Women's Javelin Throw Great Britain GBR 19 QR
1984 Summer 28 Los Angeles Athletics Women's Javelin Throw Great Britain GBR 1 Gold OR
1988 Summer 32 Seoul Athletics Women's Javelin Throw Great Britain GBR 21 QR
1992 Summer 36 Barcelona Athletics Women's Javelin Throw Great Britain GBR 4
1996 Summer 40 Atlanta Athletics Women's Javelin Throw Great Britain GBR 14 QR

Women's Javelin Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Athletics Great Britain Final Round 10 57.00
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round One 6 57.00
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round Two 8 55.96 57.00
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round Three 10 foul 57.00
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round 7 QU 57.18
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Round One NP foul
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Round Two 6 57.18 57.18
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
1980 Summer 24 Moskva Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round 19 48.76
1980 Summer 24 Moskva Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group B 9 48.76
1980 Summer 24 Moskva Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group B Round One 9 48.76
1980 Summer 24 Moskva Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group B Round Two 9 foul 48.76
1980 Summer 24 Moskva Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group B Round Three NP foul
1984 Summer 28 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Final Round 1 OR 69.56
1984 Summer 28 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round One 1 OR 69.56
1984 Summer 28 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round Two 1 66.56 69.56
1984 Summer 28 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round Three 1 63.68 69.56
1984 Summer 28 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round Four 1 64.84 69.56
1984 Summer 28 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round Five 1 66.86 69.56
1984 Summer 28 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round Six NP 64.10
1984 Summer 28 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round 5 QU 61.58
1984 Summer 28 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group B 3 61.58
1984 Summer 28 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group B Round One 2 61.58
1984 Summer 28 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group B Round Two 3 pass 61.58
1984 Summer 28 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group B Round Three NP pass
1988 Summer 32 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round 21 56.70
1988 Summer 32 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A 11 56.70
1988 Summer 32 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A Round One 9 54.18
1988 Summer 32 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 10 56.70 56.70
1988 Summer 32 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP 56.26
1992 Summer 36 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Final Round 4 63.58
1992 Summer 36 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round One 4 63.58
1992 Summer 36 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round Two 4 foul 63.58
1992 Summer 36 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round Three 4 62.60 63.58
1992 Summer 36 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round Four 4 foul 63.58
1992 Summer 36 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round Five 4 foul 63.58
1992 Summer 36 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round Six NP 59.80
1992 Summer 36 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round 8 QC 60.70
1992 Summer 36 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A 4 60.70
1992 Summer 36 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A Round One 2 60.70
1992 Summer 36 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 2 foul 60.70
1992 Summer 36 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP 53.20
1996 Summer 40 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round 14 58.86
1996 Summer 40 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A 7 58.86
1996 Summer 40 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A Round One 4 58.86
1996 Summer 40 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 4 56.80 58.86
1996 Summer 40 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP 56.64
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