Lamin Deen

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Lamin Deen
Personal information
NationalityBritish
Born (1981-06-17) 17 June 1981 (age 37)[1]
London, England[1][2]
ResidenceBath, Somerset / Manchester[1]
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight100 kg (220 lb; 16 st)
Sport
Country United Kingdom
Sport Bobsleigh (pilot)
ClubGB Team

Lamin Deen (born 17 June 1981) is a British bobsleigh pilot and Grenadier Guardsman.[1] He qualified for the 2014 Winter Olympics in both the 2-man (in which he raced with John Baines) and 4-man disciplines.[3]

Deen was born in London into a family which originally hailed from Sierra Leone. He moved to Manchester at the age of nine.[2] He grew up in the city's Moss Side and Withington areas and was a pupil at Burnage High School before joining the Grenadier Guards, serving in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Kosovo.[2] He represented the British Army in athletics, boxing and basketball before competing in bobsleigh.[4]

Deen scored a new personal best finish in the Bobsleigh World Cup in January 2014 when he (along with Stuart Benson, Bruce Tasker and Joel Fearon)[3] finished in 11th place in the four-man event at a meeting held at the Igls track.[2] Deen finished 19th in the four man event at the 2014 Winter Olympics[5] and 23rd in the two man competition.[6]

Deen enjoyed a strong start to the 2014-15 season, scoring a third and a first place in the opening two four man races of the Americas Cup at the Park City track[7] and winning another race at the following meeting at the Calgary track.[8] At the 2015 FIBT World Championships, Deen led crews to fifth place in the four-man event,[9] 14th in the two-man event[10] and eighth along with the rest of the British squad in the team event.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Lamin Deen". Team GB. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d Hope, Nick (15 February 2014). "Sochi 2014: Military saved GB Bobsleigh's Deen from life of crime". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  3. ^ a b Hope, Nick (19 January 2014). "BBC Sport – Sochi 2014: GB Bobsleigh secure two four-man Olympic spots". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  4. ^ Spencer, Peter (16 August 2011). "Olympics: Lamin Deen has eyes on Olympic bobsleigh glory". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  5. ^ Hope, Nick (23 February 2014). "Sochi 2014: GB miss out on medal in four-man bobsleigh". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  6. ^ Hope, Nick (17 February 2014). "Sochi 2014: Russia win two-man bobsleigh after GB/Jamaica exits". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  7. ^ Hope, Nick (16 November 2014). "Lamin Deen: Briton wins Americas Cup bobsleigh gold". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  8. ^ Hope, Nick (24 November 2014). "Meyers-Taylor and Humphries win historic bobsleigh medals". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  9. ^ "Britain fifth as Germany win world four-man bobsleigh title". bbc.co.uk. 8 March 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  10. ^ "WCH 2 Men Bob Winterberg: Results". Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing. 27 February 2015. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  11. ^ "WCH Team Winterberg: Results". Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing. 1 March 2015. Archived from the original on 15 March 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2015.