Harry Aikines-Aryeetey at the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games in 2013
29 August 1988 |
Carshalton, Sutton, England
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||87 kg (13 st 10 lb)|
|Achievements and titles|
Harry Leslie Aikines-Aryeetey (born 29 August 1988) is an English sprinter. In 2005 he was named as the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year and the IAAF's Rising Star of the Year after becoming the first athlete to win gold medals at both 100 metres and 200 metres at the World Youth Championships.
Aikines-Aryeetey was born in Carshalton, London to Ghanaian parents. He studied at Greenshaw High School in Sutton, London from 2000–2006. His first major tournament medal came at the 2004 Commonwealth Youth Games where he won the silver medal in the 100 m.
On 11 June 2006 he competed in the 100 m at Gateshead in which Asafa Powell equalled the world record of 9.77 s. On 16 August 2006, he won the gold in the 100 m at the 2006 World Junior Championships in Athletics, held in Beijing, China, setting a season's best 10.37 s.
He was advised not to run in 2007 due to minor fractures in the spine that could affect later development. After an eleven month recuperation period, he returned to action in 2008 with a 60 metres personal best of 6.59 s in France to signal a return to form.
Aikines-Aryeetey was selected for Team GB at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics. As part of the men's 4 x 100 m relay team with Simeon Williamson, Tyrone Edgar and Marlon Devonish, he took bronze in Berlin with a season’s best of 38.02 seconds. In 2009 Harry became a Lucozade Sport Ambassador.
During the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, Aikines-Aryeetey had to pull out of his semi-final after qualifying third in his first-round heat due to injury. He then returned in August but was not up to full fitness and then took months to regain it for the 2011 season. In the 2011 indoor season, Aikines-Aryeetey returned to some kind of form, finishing second in the UK indoor championships and European Trials. After having qualified, he again was restrained in his heat by injury running 6.94. However, he ran a 200m personal best of 20.46 in La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland in July. He went on to win the UK championships in Birmingham and qualified for the IAAF World Championships in Daegu with a time of 10.14.
|60 metres||6.55 s||Birmingham, United Kingdom||13 February 2010|
|100 metres||10.08 s||Birmingham, United Kingdom||13 July 2013|
|200 metres||20.46 s||La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland||3 July 2011|
- Historic Double for Harry Aikines Aryeetey highlight of last day of the IAAF/Maroc Telecom World Youth Championships. IAAF (2005-07-17). Retrieved on 2009-02-22.
- A rising star. BBC Sport (2006-01-30). Retrieved on 2009-02-22.
- Britain's sprinting star. The Guardian (2009-01-10). Retrieved on 2009-02-22.
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