Beverley Goddard

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Beverley Goddard
Medal record
Women's Athletics
Representing  Great Britain
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1980 Moscow 4 x 100 m
Bronze medal – third place 1984 Los Angeles 4 x 100 m
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1983 Helsinki 4 x 100 m
European Championships
Silver medal – second place 1978 Prague 4 x 100 m
Silver medal – second place 1982 Athens 4 x 100 m
Universiade
Gold medal – first place 1981 Bucharest 100 m
Silver medal – second place 1979 Mexico City 4 x 100 m
Silver medal – second place 1981 Bucharest 4 x 100 m
Bronze medal – third place 1979 Mexico City 100 m
Bronze medal – third place 1979 Mexico City 200 m
Representing  England
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 1978 Edmonton 4 x 100 m
Gold medal – first place 1982 Brisbane 4 x 100 m

Beverley Lanita Callender (née Goddard, born 28 August 1956) is an English former track and field sprinter. She competed for Great Britain at the Olympic Games in Montreal 1976, Moscow 1980 and Los Angeles 1984, winning bronze medals in the 4 x 100 metres relay in 1980 and 1984. She is also the 1981 World Student Games 100 metres champion.

Career[edit]

Goddard was born in Barbados and raised in England. She was a member of the Reading Athletic Club. In 1976, she competed at the Montreal Olympics, reaching the quarter finals of the 200 metres.

In 1978, she finished fourth in the 200 metres final at the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, before winning gold in the 4 × 100 m relay along with Kathy Smallwood, Sharon Colyear and Sonia Lannaman. At the European Championshsips in Prague, the same quartet won a silver medal behind the Soviet Union and ahead of East Germany. In 1979, she won three medals at the World Student Games (Universiade), with bronze in the 100 and 200 metres and silver in the sprint relay. In the 100 metres, she ran her lifetime best of 11.22 seconds in the semifinal.

At the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games, she was one of three British woman who reached the 200 m final, finishing sixth in a lifetime best of 22.72 seconds. Kathy Smallwood was fifth and Sonia Lannaman eighth. The three then teamed up with 100 metres finalist Heather Hunte, to win the bronze medal in the 4 × 100 m relay. The quartet ran a UK record of 42.43 secs, which stood until 2014. Her biggest individual success came in 1981, when she won the World Student Games title at 100 metres, defeating the Soviet sprinters Olga Zolotaryeva and Olga Nasonova. She also won a silver medal in the relay.

In 1982, now competing as Beverley Callender, she reached the 200 metres finals at both the European Championships in Athens and the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, finishing fifth (22.91 secs) and sixth (22.92 secs) respectively. In Prague, she teamed up with Wendy Hoyte, Smallwood and Shirley Thomas to win relay silver, while in Brisbane, she won relay gold with Hoyte, Smallwood and Sonia Lannaman. A year later, she won a relay silver medal at the inaugural World Championships in Helsinki, along with Joan Baptiste, Kathy Cook (Smallwood) and Shirley Thomas. She also competed in the 100 metres. At her third Olympic Games in Los Angeles 1984, she won her second Olympic bronze medal, reuniting with two of her three teammates from Moscow, Heather Oakes (Hunte) and Kathy Cook. The fourth squad member was Simmone Jacobs.

From 1978-1984, the British or English women's sprint relay squads won a medal at every Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth competition, both Callender and Kathy Cook were a member of every team. She usually ran the third leg and became a specialist in this position. 1984 would be the last time for 29 years, that the British Women's 4 × 100 m squad won a medal at Olympic or World level. This ended in 2013 when they won bronze at the World Championships.

In domestic competition, at the AAAs National Championships and UK Championships, she had eight second-place finishes. At the AAAs she was second in 1978 (100m), 1979, 1982 and 1984 (200m). At the UKs, she was second in 1978 (100m & 200m), 1979 (100m) and 1982 (100m). She did win the 1982 UK title at 200 metres.

As of 2016, Callender's 200 metres best, ranks her 10th on the UK all-time list. In the 100 metres she ranks 19th. Now a teacher, she is still active at Reading Athletic Club and is found each week coaching athletes there.

Personal bests[edit]

National titles[edit]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  England
1978 Commonwealth Games Edmonton, Canada 5th 100 m 11.40
4th 200 m 22.95
1st 4 × 100 m 43.70
1982 Commonwealth Games Brisbane, Australia 6th 200 m 22.92
1st 4 × 100 m 43.15
Representing  Great Britain
1976 Olympic Games Montreal, Canada quarterfinal 200 m 23.74
1978 European Championships Prague, Czech Republic semifinal 200 m 23.37
2nd 4 × 100 m 42.72
1979 World Student Games Mexico City, Mexico 3rd 100 m 11.32
3rd 200 m 22.76
2nd 4 × 100 m 43.26
1980 Olympic Games Moscow, Russia 6th 200 m 22.72
3rd 4 × 100 m 42.43
1981 World Student Games Bucharest, Romania 1st 100 m 11.35
2nd 4 × 100 m 43.86
World Cup Rome, Italy DNF 4 × 100 m
1982 European Championships Athens, Greece 5th 200 m 22.91
2nd 4 × 100 m 42.66
1983 World Championships Helsinki, Finland quarter-final 100 m 11.48
2nd 4 × 100 m 42.71
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 3rd 4 × 100 m 43.11

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