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Fatima Whitbread

Full name: Fatima N. (Fatma-) Whitbread (Vedad-, -Norman)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-6 (168 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: March 3, 1961 in Stoke Newington, Greater London, Great Britain
Affiliations: Thurrock Harriers, Grays (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Born in London to Cypriot parents, Fatima Whitbread endured a disturbed childhood after being abandoned by her mother as a baby and spent her first 14 years in a variety of care homes.

She took up the javelin at the age of 11 and was eventually adopted by Margaret Whitbread, a former javelin thrower turned national javelin coach, and her husband. Whitbread became European Junior Champion in 1979 and was chosen for the Moscow Olympics whilst still a teenager. After winning a bronze medal at the 1982 Commonwealth Games she broke through into the top echelon of throwers at the 1983 World Championships. She led the competition until the very last throw from home favourite Tiina Lillak. She had a famous, and occasionally bitter, rivalry with compatriot Tessa Sanderson and both women reached the podium at the 1984 Olympic Games. On this occasion it was Sanderson who took the Olympic title and Whitbread who had to be content with the bronze medal. After placing second behind Sanderson at the Commonwealth Games of 1986 Whitbread set a world record in qualifying for the 1986 European Championships in Athens and went on to clinch both that event and win the following year's World Championships. Whitbread was slightly below par at the 1988 Olympics and finished in silver medal position with a throw four metres less than that of Petra Felke. A chronic shoulder injury ruined her career from that point on and, after a failed attempt at a comeback in 1992, she retired from the sport. She was married to athletics agent and promoter Andy Norman from 1997 until his death in 2007. Whitbread was voted Britain's Sports Personality of the year in 1987.

Personal Best: JT – 77.44 (1986).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1980 Summer 19 Moskva Athletics Women's Javelin Throw Great Britain GBR 18 QR
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Women's Javelin Throw Great Britain GBR 3 Bronze
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics Women's Javelin Throw Great Britain GBR 2 Silver

Women's Javelin Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1980 Summer 19 Moskva Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round 18 49.74
1980 Summer 19 Moskva Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A 10 49.74
1980 Summer 19 Moskva Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A Round One 10 47.44
1980 Summer 19 Moskva Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 9 47.22 47.44
1980 Summer 19 Moskva Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP 49.74
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Final Round 3 67.14
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round One 3 64.52
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round Two 3 65.42 65.42
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round Three 3 foul 65.42
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round Four 4 65.82 65.82
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round Five 3 67.14 67.14
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round Six NP foul
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round 1 QU 65.30
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A 1 65.30
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A Round One 1 65.30
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 1 pass 65.30
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP pass
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Final Round 2 70.32
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round One 5 61.98
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round Two 2 67.46 67.46
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round Three 2 66.58 67.46
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round Four 2 64.86 67.46
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round Five 2 67.82 67.82
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Final Round Round Six NP 70.32
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round 1 QU 68.44
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group B 1 68.44
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group B Round One 10 54.90
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group B Round Two 11 foul 54.90
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group B Round Three NP 68.44
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