THOMPSON Chris < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA England   
Gender Men
Born 17 Apr 1981 in Barrow-in-Furness, ENG
Height1.78 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Eugene, OR, USA
Occupation Athlete
Higher education Loughborough University: Loughborough, ENG
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began running when he was nine.
Why this sport? He used to run with his father and realised he was good at it when he beat him aged 12.
Club / Team Oregon Track Club: Eugene, OR, USA
Name of coach Mark Rowland, John Nuttall
Training Regime "My typical weeks are pretty high volume: three key sessions that I supplement with recovery in between. So I do Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, with the days in between being all about getting ready for the next big session. There are three different types - aerobic base, race pace and strength, which could be hill-running - and I start the season with a lot of aerobic work, adding more speed as I get closer to a race."
International Debut
Year 2006
Competing for Great Britain
Tournament European Championships
Location Gothenburg
General Interest
Nicknames Thommo. (bbc.co.uk, 21 Jul 2011)
Injuries He missed the 2011 world championships with an Achilles problem and a hernia. (dailymail.co.uk, 14 May 2012)

A serious fracture in his Achilles in 2004 meant he couldn't run the following year and he almost quit the sport. He started again in 2006 but suffered from knee and back problems and says it wasn't until 2010 that he got six full months of running without breaking down. (thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk, 12 Apr 2012)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs "When I've got a big race I like to put on everything that I'm running in very early and then work backwards from there. So that's the vest, the number, my shorts, everything I absolutely must have to perform, and then I worry about what goes in the bag and if I've got my keys and phone and so on. Essentials first." (bbc.co.uk, 21 Jul 2011)
Ambitions To finish in the top eight at London 2012. (thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk, 12 Apr 2012)
Other information MO FRIENDSHIP
He is close to Mo Farah, but that changes once they both get onto the track. "It's like boxers - we'll shake hands at the end, but once you're in the ring, it's gloves off." (telegraph.co.uk, 04 Aug 2011)