Jarrod Bannister

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Jarrod Bannister
Personal information
Born (1984-10-03)3 October 1984
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Died 8 February 2018(2018-02-08) (aged 33)
Eindhoven, Netherlands
Height 1.9 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 100 kg (220 lb)
Sport
Country  Australia
Sport Track and field
Event(s) Javelin throw
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) NR 89.02 m (2008)
Updated on 16 April 2013.

Jarrod Bannister (3 October 1984 – 8 February 2018) was an Australian track and field athlete who competed in the javelin throw. His personal best throw of 89.02 metres, achieved in 2008, is the Australian and Oceanian record.[1]

Career[edit]

Bannister was born in Townsville, Queensland on 3 October 1984. He won the youth javelin title at the Australian Athletics Championships in 2001. He later won five senior javelin national titles: in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2012.[2] He competed twice at the World Championships in Athletics, placing eleventh in qualifying in 2007 and finishing seventh in the final in 2011. He represented his country at the Olympic Games in 2008 and 2012, finishing sixth at the former and placing twenty-seventh in the qualifying stage of the latter.[3] He won gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games – the first and only international senior medal of his career. This made him the first Australian winner in that event for nearly fifty years, following in the footsteps of 1962 champion Alf Mitchell.[4]

In June 2013, he received a 20-month doping ban after missing three tests in the previous 18 months, which is equivalent to a failed test.[5] He maintained this was accidental and said the testers were given incorrect information on one occasion.[6] He returned to competition in 2015. He also competed in 2016 but did not participate in the 2017 season.[7]

Death[edit]

On 8 February 2018, Bannister was found dead in his home in Eindhoven, Netherlands,[8] where he was living with his girlfriend while training.[9] Fairfax Media reported there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. Athletics commentator and ex-Olympian David Culbert said Bannister was "a super athlete who sadly had many demons".[10]

International competitions[edit]

Representing  Australia
Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2000 Oceania Youth Championships Adelaide, Australia 1st Javelin 66.15 m
2002 World Junior Championships Kingston, Jamaica 4th Javelin 73.31 m
2006 Commonwealth Games Melbourne, Australia 6th Javelin 78.06 m
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 11th (q) Javelin 77.57 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, PR China 6th Javelin 83.45 m
2010 Commonwealth Games Delhi, India 1st Javelin 81.71m
Continental Cup Split, Croatia 4th Javelin 79.99 m
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 7th Javelin 82.25 m
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 27th (q) Javelin 77.38 m

Seasonal bests[edit]

  • 2002 – 73.31
  • 2006 – 78.06
  • 2007 – 83.70
  • 2008 – 89.02
  • 2010 – 83.17
  • 2011 – 82.25
  • 2012 – 83.70
  • 2013 – 79.99
  • 2015 – 76.09
  • 2016 – 78.29

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian athletics records Archived 8 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Jarrod Bannister". Athletics Australia Historical Results. Retrieved 9 February 2018. 
  3. ^ Jarod Bannister. Sports Reference. Retrieved 2018-02-17.
  4. ^ Commonwealth Games. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2018-02-17.
  5. ^ Jarrod Bannister calls for a review on procedure after being handed 20-month ban for missed drug tests
  6. ^ Jarrod Bannister: Commonwealth Games javelin gold medallist dies. BBC Sport (2018-02-09). Retrieved 2018-02-17.
  7. ^ Jarrod Bannister | Profile | iaaf.org
  8. ^ Derksen, Linda (9 February 2018). "Australische speerwerper Jarrod Bannister (33) uit Eindhoven overleden" (in Dutch). ED. 
  9. ^ Gleeson, Michael (9 February 2018). "Champion Australian javelin thrower Jarrod Bannister dies in the Netherlands". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 9 February 2018. 
  10. ^ Jarrod Bannister, Australian javelin thrower, dies aged 33

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