Craig Pickering

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Craig Pickering
Craig Pickering Osaka07.jpg
Medal record
Competitor for  Great Britain
Men’s athletics
World Championships
Bronze 2007 Osaka 4x100 m relay
European Indoor Championships
Silver 2007 Birmingham 60 m

Craig Keith Pickering (born 16 October 1986, Crawley, West Sussex) is an English sprinter and bobsleigher. As a sprinter, he is based at the Marshall Milton Keynes Athletics Club; however, he also runs for the University of Bath and Newham and Essex Beagles.

Early life[edit]

Pickering is a former student of the Royal Latin School and got pointed in the sprinting direction by his P.E teacher Adam Izzard.[1]

Sporting career[edit]

Sprinting[edit]

Pickering had success as a youth athlete, winning the bronze medal in the 100m at the 2003 World Youth Championships in Athletics. He first came into the public eye in June 2005, when he beat Darren Campbell in the 100 m at a meet in Bedford. During 2007, he has found success on the indoor circuit, winning the 60m event at the European Indoor Trials and UK Championships in Sheffield in early February, following this with a second place finish in the Norwich Union Grand Prix in Birmingham in the same event, behind his Bath team-mate Jason Gardener. His indoor form prompted The Scotsman to hint in January 2007 that Pickering could be a Gold medal prospect for the London Olympics.

More recently, he won the silver medal, again in the 60 m event, at the 2007 European Athletics Indoor Championships in Birmingham. He is currently regarded as a hot contender for the British number one spot, having soundly beaten Mark Lewis-Francis among others at the Glasgow Norwich Union Grand Prix held on 3 June 2007. Despite dismal rainy conditions, Pickering equalled his personal best of 10.22 sec.

On 23 June 2007 he achieved a new personal best of 10.15 sec to win the men's 100 m at the 2007 European Cup in Munich. He also participated to the British Relay 4x100 win, with 38.30 (World Leading Time of 2007).

Pickering soon followed this up with a new personal best (10.14) and a silver medal at the 2007 European Under 23 Championships (Debrecen, Hungary), behind compatriot Simeon Williamson.

At the 2007 UK Championships and World Trials, Pickering finished second (by 0.01) behind Marlon Devonish, and was then selected to compete at the 2007 World Championships, in the 100 m. He also was part of the 4x100m relay team which won the bronze medal.

He opened his 2008 season with a win at the Norwich Union international match in the 60 m, securing a win for Great Britain, in the international match.

Pickering was GBs solo qualifier to the 100m final at the 2008 Aviva London Grand Prix, Crystal Palace, finishing 8th.

3 August 2008 Craig and Simeon were featured in a BBC documentary called Sprint along with other 100m hopefuls Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and Wade Bennett-Jackson.

In the Beijing Olympics of 2008 Pickering started his run too early when running the last leg of Great Britain's 4x100m relay team. As a result the baton was not passed properly and the team were disqualified. Pickering took full responsibility.[2]

Pickering missed the London 2012 Olympics after back surgery and lost his UK Athletics funding in October of the same year.

Bobsleigh[edit]

Following this it was announced on 7 December 2012 that Pickering would join the GB Bobsleigh team, with the aim of making the 2014 Winter Olympics.[3] He finished 19th, with pilot John Jackson, on his World Cup debut in the two-man bobsleigh, earning selection to the GB Bobsleigh World Championship squad.[4] However Pickering was forced to withdraw from the British bobsleigh squad for the Sochi Olympics due to a back injury.[5]

Achievements[edit]

Competition record[edit]

European Indoor Championships, 60m – Silver (2007)
European U23 Championships, 100m – Silver (2007)
European Cup, 100m – Gold (2007)
World Championships, 4x100m – Bronze (2007)
World Championships, 100m – 11th (2007)
AAAs Under-23 Championships, 100m – Gold (2006)
European Junior Championships, 100m – Gold (2005)
World Junior Championships, 100m – Bronze (2003)[6]

Personal bests[edit]

Event Best Location Date
60 metres 6.55 s Glasgow, Scotland 27 January 2007
100 metres 10.14 s Debrecen, Hungary 13 Jul 2007
100 metres 10.08 s (wind-aided +2.1 m/s) Ostrava, Czech Republic 17 June 2009
200 metres 20.89 s Loughborough, England 23 May 2010

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elworthy, Scarlett (15 July 2005). "Athletics | Pickering plots brilliant future". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "GB & US both out of sprint relay". BBC Sport. 21 August 2008. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Olympic sprinter Craig Pickering takes up bobsleigh". BBC Sport. 7 December 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Hope, Nick (17 January 2013). "Craig Pickering in GB's Bobsleigh World Championships team". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Hart, Simon (7 February 2014). "Winter Olympics 2014: Craig Pickering forced to withdraw from bobsleigh team due to back injury". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Signed Craig Pickering Card

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