Anyika Onuora

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Anyika Onuora
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Personal information
Nationality United Kingdom Great Britain
Born (1984-10-28) 28 October 1984 (age 30)
Liverpool, England
Sport
Club Liverpool Harriers

Anyika Onuora (born 28 October 1984) is a British sprint athlete who specialises in the 100 and 200 metres, and also the 4×100 metres relay.

Her first major junior international competition was the 2003 European Athletics Junior Championships, where she finished fifth in the 100 m event and won a silver medal with the British 4×100 metres relay team. She competed in her first major senior tournaments in 2006: at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games she reached the semi-finals of the 100 m and won her second silver medal in the 4×100 m relay with the English team. Five months later at her first European Athletics Championships, she achieved the same feat again, reaching the individual semi-finals and taking another silver medal with the relay team. She also competed in the 2006 IAAF World Cup, representing Europe, but finished last, despite recording a season's best for the team. A technical lane mix-up with the United States team resulted in a poor performance for the British team and disqualification for the American team.[1][2]

Onuora was chosen to represent Great Britain at the 2008 Beijing Olympics as a back-up runner in the relay team; however, ultimately she did not compete for the team.

She was born to Nigerian Parents.

She competed at the 2009 Manchester City Games in a 150 metres street race, winning the "B" final of the women's event.[3][4]

On the 28th of August in 2014, she helped set the British record in the Women's 4x100m running the 3rd leg, alongside Asha Philip, Ashleigh Nelson and Desiree Henry in the Diamond League in Zurich. This broke the British record set 11 days before at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

She is the sister of former footballer, Iffy Onuora.

Personal bests[edit]

Event Best Location Date
60 metres 7.31 s Bratislava, Slovakia 29 January 2006
100 metres 11.18 s Zeulenroda, Germany 29 May 2011
200 metres 22.64 s Glasgow, Great Britain 31 July 2014
400 metres 51.38 s Tomblaine, France 2 July 2013
  • All information taken from IAAF profile.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Onuora Anyika biography. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-05-13.
  2. ^ Anyika Onuora Athlete Profile. British Olympic Association. Retrieved on 2009-05-13.
  3. ^ Mills, Steven (2009-05-14). Bolt ready for Manchester date. Athletics Weekly. Retrieved on 2009-05-18.
  4. ^ Carl Markham and Mark Butler (2009-05-17). Bolt runs 14.35 sec for 150m; covers 50m-150m in 8.70 sec!. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-06-02.
  5. ^ Onuora Anyika Biography. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-05-12.