Jazmin Sawyers

Jazmin Sawyers at the Sports Training Village

Event: Long jump
Date and place of Birth: 21 May 1994, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire
Clubs: City of Stoke and University of Bristol

Law graduate Jazmin trained at the University of Bath under the supervision of coaches Malcolm Arnold and James Hillier until 2017. Her lead coach was Alan Lerwell, an Olympic long-jumper in 1968 and 1972, who provided her training programme and oversaw her technical sessions at the Sports Training Village.

The multi-talented athlete first trained at the University with British Bobsleigh, winning silver at the Winter Youth Olympics in 2012, before returning to her athletics career. She originally competed in  heptathlon before concentrating solely on long jump.

It wasn’t long before Jazmin was ranked the number-one junior in the world after jumping a massive personal best at the Olympic trials in 2012, where she beat the future Olympic heptathlon gold-medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill. Her senior career has seen Jazmin win silver medals at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2016 European Championships in Amsterdam.

After winning the British title in 2016 with a personal best of 6.75m, Jazmin was selected to make her Olympic debut for Team GB at Rio 2016. She jumped 6.53m in the semi-finals to finish 12th and claim a place in the final, where she improved to 6.69m to place eighth overall – the highest placed British female jumper.

Career highlights:

8th – Olympic Games, Rio 2016
Silver
 – Long jump, European Championships, Amsterdam 2016
Gold – Long jump, British Championships, Birmingham 2016
Silver – Long jump, Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014
Silver – Long Jump, European Athletics Junior Championships, 2013
Silver – 2-Woman Bobsleigh, Winter Youth Olympics, Innsbruck, Austria, 2012
Bronze – Long Jump, IAAF World Junior Championships, 2012

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