Lorraine Shaw

05 January 2010

Sport/Event > Athletics, Hammer Thrower

Date and Place of Birth > 1968 in Gloucester

Height > 1m 71 cm

Weight > 87 kg

Biography >
Lorraine has thrown at both the Sydney and Athens Olympic Games. She reached the final in her second Olympics, in the inaugural Olympic hammer throwing competition for women placing her in ninth place.

She switched allegiance from Ireland to Britain in 1993 and immediately took the UK title. Within a year she was the UK record holder with 59.92m, a mark she has since improved 15 times.

Her first 60m-plus throw came in 1995 and she pushed the Commonwealth record up to 64.90m, but then missed two years after having a disc removed from her back.

She quickly returned to form and took Commonwealth Silver in 1998 and in 1999 she broke the UK record four times, ending the campaign with a best of 67.10m. In 2002 came her first major international title. She was in fine form at the Commonwealth Games and in front of a home crowd she won with 66.83m, producing a season’s best when it mattered.

2003 brought a 16th UK record as she threw 68.93m at the Loughborough International and her domination of the domestic scene continued as she won her sixth AAA title.

In 2006 she took a bronze medal at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

Competitive Record >
1998 Commonwealth Games Silver
1999 Commonwealth Games Silver
2002 Commonwealth Games Gold
20th June 2004 European Cup Hammer 65m30
23rd August 2004 Jeux Olympiques Hammer 64m79
2006 Commonwealth Games Melbourne Bronze

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