Lawrence Clarke (athlete)
12 March 1990 |
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||77 kg (170 lb; 12.1 st)|
|Sport||Running / Hurdling|
|Club||Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow Athletics Club|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||110m Hurdles (U20): 13.37
60m Hurdles: 7.67
110m Hurdles: 13.31/13.14w
Charles Lawrence Somerset Clarke (born 12 March 1990 in Westminster, London), commonly known as Lawrence Clarke, is a professional 110m hurdler who notably finished fourth in the London Olympic Games 110m Hurdles Final. He is the son of Sir Toby Clarke, 6th Baronet and is the heir apparent to the baronetcy. He is coached in Bath by Malcolm Arnold, the former coach of Colin Jackson and John Akii-Bua.
Clarke was educated at two independent schools: at Summer Fields School in the city of Oxford in Oxfordshire, and Eton College in the small town of Eton in Berkshire. He went on to study Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Bristol, gaining a Second class honours, upper division (2:1).
Clarke's maternal grandfather was the Conservative MP Somerset de Chair, son of Admiral Sir Dudley Rawson Stratford de Chair KCB KCMG KBE MVO. He takes his name Lawrence from his American ancestor Abbott Lawrence. His uncle was Conservative MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg. He is a descendent of the Roosevelt Family.
Junior Athletics career
Clarke was in fourth place in the 110m hurdles at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune, India. He was also the British University (BUCS) champion in the 60m hurdles (2009) with a time of 7.83 seconds and 110m Champion (2010) in a time of 13.85 seconds.
Clarke held the number one spot on the British All Time list for the Under 20 mens 3"3 110m Hurdles until 23 May 2010. He established a new National Junior Record with a personal best of 13.37 seconds whilst also winning gold at European Junior Athletics Championships in July 2009, in Novi Sad, Serbia. .
Senior Athletics Career
In June 2010, Clarke won the UK National Under23 Title in a wind-assisted time (+2.5 m/s) of 13.60secs. He successfully defended this title in June 2011 in his season debut that year.
On Friday 8 October 2010, Clarke won the Bronze medal at the XIX Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. He finished third behind two other English hurdlers: Andy Turner (2010 European Champion) and William Sharman. It is the first time in history that England have completed a 1-2-3 clean sweep in the 110m hurdles.
He competed at the 2011 World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea where he went out in the first round with a time of 13.65s (-0.2 m/s). The winner of his heat was Jason Richardson who went on to win the Championships after Dayron Robles, the 2008 Olympic Champion and World Record holder, was disqualified after the final.
2012 Olympic Games
On 24 June 2012 he achieved selection for Great Britain in the XXX Olympiad in London 2012. He ran a new personal best of 13.31 (-0.5 m/s) in his Olympic Semi final on 8 August. As a result he qualified as the only European for the 110m Men's Hurdles Final as a fastest loser. Running from lane 2 in the final he finished an unexpected 4th place with a time of 13.39 seconds beating the 2009 World Champion, Ryan Brathwaite, into 5th.
Due to Clarke’s background he has often been described by elements of the press as the "Toff of the Track’’ and the "Eton Rifle’’. He is known for being very well dressed and was listed in Tatler’s Little Black Book in Winter 2012, being described as: "Baronet's son with a US passport: the Roosevelts are cousins. Still, Lawrence isn't one for sitting on his laurels - he's an Olympic hurdler and came fourth in the 110m finals in last year's games." 
|60 metres hurdles||7.67s||Birmingham England||18 February 2012|
|110 metres hurdles||13.31s||London, England||8 August 2012|
|110 metres hurdles wind assisted||13.14s (+4.7 m/s)||Madrid, Spain||7 July 2012|
|Baronetage of the United Kingdom|
Sir Toby Clarke, 6th Baronet
|in line of succession to Baronetcy
(of Dunham Lodge, Norfolk. cr.1831)
- thePeerage.com - Person Page 22615
- Commonwealth Games 2010: Charles Lawrence Somerset Clarke eyes next hurdle - Telegraph
- Old Summerfieldian News - Summer Fields School
- Bristol University | News from the University | Lawrence Clarke
- TOPS in athletics - Athlete Search
- European Athletics Athlete Database
- UKA Five Medals At Euro Juniors
- Clarke eyes European trials after storming hurdles win in Bedford | More than the games
- Easy as 1-2-3: England's record high in hurdles - Athletics, More Sports - The Independent