Further Personal Information
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He began the sport at the age of three.
|Why this sport?
||It was a way to get out of the house.
|Club / Team
||Belgrave Harriers: London, ENG
|Name of coach
|Coach from which country?
||He trains five days a week, two session a day, with three hours each session.
||Philleap. (UK Athletics, 15 Nov 2001)
||He had a knee operation early in 2003 that ruled him out for the season. (olympics.org.uk, 19 Aug 2009)
He suffered from a persistent back injury in 2007. At one stage, he was forced out of action for eight weeks. (telegraph.co.uk, 22 Aug 2007)
He underwent knee surgery in early 2003. (UK Athletics, 20 Jul 2004)
|Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
||He always wears headbands and wristbands when competing. (thisislondon.co.uk, 20 Jul 2011)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"You need to set high standards to be one of the best jumpers. You have to aim for the stars." (berlin.iaaf.org, 18 Aug 2009)
|Awards and honours
||He was made a Member of the British Empire [MBE} for his service to athletics. (voice-online.co.uk, 23 Jan 2012)
||To win a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and to jump over 18m. (espn.co.uk, 26 May 2011)
He has dyed his hair almost every colour and considers his many facial piercings as his trademarks. (UKA, 31 Aug 2010)