ACHIKE Larry < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA England   
Gender Men
Born 31 Jan 1975
Height1.96 m
Weight 83 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Hertford, ENG
Occupation Athlete
Higher education Biomedical Science - Kingston University: Kingston upon Thames, ENG
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He started the sport at the age of 11 at school in Suffolk, England.
Why this sport? He liked competing head to head against other athletes.
Club / Team Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers: London, ENG
Name of coach Frank Attoh
Coach from which country? Great Britain
Training Regime He trains six times a week, doing two hours each session.
Handedness Right
International Debut
Year 1998
Competing for Great Britain
Tournament European Championship
Location Hungary
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold at the 1994 World Junior Championships in Lisbon, Portugal, winning gold at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and winning the 2000 European Cup with Great Britain in front of a home crowd in Gateshead, England. (Athlete, 02 Aug 2008)
Most influential person in career His physical education teacher. (Athlete, 02 Aug 2008)
Hero / Idol Muhammad Ali. (Athlete, 02 Aug 2008)
Injuries He suffered a major hamstring tear in 2003. (Athlete, 02 Aug 2008)

Forced to withdraw from the 2001 World Indoor Championships because of a bruised heel. (ukathletics.org, 15 Nov 2001)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Work hard but intelligently, believe in your luck but don't rely on luck, always have faith in yourself and be the best you can be." (Athlete, 02 Aug 2008)
Other sports He represented the county of Sussex at rugby union at U19 level. (ukathletics.org, 19 Oct 2001)
Other information SELECTION DISAPPOINTMENT
Missed selection for England's 2002 Commonwealth Games team after finishing third at the trials, but took the disappointment philosophically. "I have to take this on the chin," he said. "There's no point writing off my entire season after one bad day at the office." (news.bbc.co.uk, 19 Jun 2002)

2000 OLYMPIC GAMES
At the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, his best jump of 17.29 in the final was good enough to hold the bronze medal spot with just one round to go, but he was passed by Cuba jumpers Yoel García and Yoelbi Quesada in the last set of jumps and had to settle for fifth place. (ukathletics.org, 19 Oct 2001)

HARNESSING TALENT
He is involved in the BT Backing Talent twilight session in East London, providing support to young athletes. (dhklegacytrust.org, 31 Dec 2009)