Desirèe Henry

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Desirèe Henry
Desiree Henry Rieti 2013.jpg
Personal information
Born (1995-08-26) 26 August 1995 (age 24)
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight64 kg (141 lb)
Country United Kingdom
Event(s)100 metres, 200 meters and 400 meters
Coached byRana Reider 2013-2018

Desirèe Henry (born 26 August 1995) is an English sprinter of Antiguan and Guyanese descent who competes in the 100 metres and 200 metres. She won an Olympic bronze medal in the 4 x 100 metres relay at the 2016 Rio Games, and a silver medal in the 4 × 100 m relay at the World Athletics Championships in London on 12 August 2017.


Henry was born on 26 August 1995 in Edmonton, London. She attended Highfield Primary School and St Anne's Catholic High School.


Henry is the 2011 World Youth Champion in the 200 meters. Her personal bests are 11.06 for the 100 meters, 22.46 for the 200 meters and sprinted 52.27 in the 400 meters all set in 2016.[1]

Henry was one of seven young people who lit the Olympic cauldron at the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony. All were nominated by famous British Olympians, with Henry being nominated by decathlete Daley Thompson.[citation needed]

Henry improved her personal bests in 2016 to 11.06 in the 100 meters and 22.46 in the 200 meters and earned selection for the Rio Olympics. She has recently began sprinting 400 meters in 2015. In Rio, she reached the semifinals of the 100 metres, running 11.09, having run 11.08 in her heat. She went on to win a bronze medal in the sprint relay, setting a new British record of 41.77, along with her teammates Asha Philip, Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita.[2]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Great Britain
2011 World Youth Championships Lille, France 1st 200 m 23.25
2012 World Junior Championships Barcelona, Spain 4th 200 m 23.34
2013 European Junior Championships Rieti, Italy 2nd 200 m 23.56
1st 4 × 100 m 43.81
2014 World Relays Nassau, Bahamas 2nd 4 × 200 m 1:29.61
World Junior Championships Eugene, Oregon, United States 4th 100m 11.56 (wind: -1.0 m/s)
4 × 100 m DNF
European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 7th 100 m 11.43 (11.21)
1st 4 × 100 m 42.24
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 4th 4 × 100 m 42.10
2016 European Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 2nd (sf) 100 m 11.091
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 12th (sf) 100 m 11.09
3rd 4 × 100 m 41.77
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 18th (sf) 100 m 11.24
2nd 4 × 100 m 42.12
2019 World Relays Yokohama, Japan 4 × 100 m DNF

Note: Results in brackets indicate superior time achieved in qualifying rounds.

1Did not finish in the final


  1. ^ "Desiree Henry". Power of 10. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Rio Olympics 2016: Great Britain win Olympic women's 4x100m relay bronze". BBC Sport. BBC. 20 August 2016. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Catriona Le May Doan, Steve Nash,
Nancy Greene and Wayne Gretzky
Final Olympic torchbearer
(with Callum Airlie, Jordan Duckitt, Katie Kirk, Cameron MacRitchie, Aidan Reynolds, and Adelle Tracey)

London 2012
Succeeded by
Irina Rodnina and Vladislav Tretiak
Preceded by
Li Ning
Final Summer Olympic torchbearer
(with Callum Airlie, Jordan Duckitt, Katie Kirk, Cameron MacRitchie, Aidan Reynolds, and Adelle Tracey)

London 2012
Succeeded by
Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima