Laura Turner

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Laura Turner
Personal information
Born12 August 1982 (1982-08-12) (age 37)
London, England
CountryUnited Kingdom Great Britain
ClubHarrow AC
Achievements and titles
Olympic finalsn/a
Personal best(s)60 m 7.25
100 m 11.09
200 m 23.29
Updated on 20 July 2008.

Laura Kate Turner-Alleyne (born 12 August 1982) is a British former sprinter, who represented Great Britain at the 2008 Olympics, in the 4 × 100 m relay and the 100 m.[1] She competed in four Athletics World Championships and took five British national championship titles across her career, in 60 m, 100 m and 200 m.[2]

She was part of the British 4 × 100 m relay team that finished 4th at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics in Osaka (along with Montell Douglas, Joice Maduaka and Emily Freeman).

Turner represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, competing at the 100 m sprint. In her first round heat she placed fourth in a time of 11.65, which was not enough to advance to the second round.[1]

At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Turner, competing for England, was involved in the controversial false start incident as a result of which the race winner Sally Pearson was later disqualified.[3] Both Turner and Pearson false-started, but initially only Turner was given the red card to exclude her from the race. Turner immediately protested at being singled out,[4] and decided to run the race and appeal afterwards.[5] She finished last, and her appeal was turned down. Pearson was subsequently disqualified and the gold medal was awarded to Nigeria's Oludamola Osayomi. However, she also won a gold medal in Delhi as part of the English team in the 4 x 100 m relay, alongside Douglas, Katherine Endacott and Abiodun Oyepitan.[6] She finished her competitive career in 2013, becoming a coach.[2]

Turner attended Brunel University London, where she graduated with a BSc in Sports Sciences and an MSc in High Performance Physiology.[7][2]


  1. ^ a b "Athlete biography: Laura Turner". Archived from the original on 6 September 2008. Retrieved 27 August 2008.
  2. ^ a b c Turner-Alleyne, Laura. "The Life of an International Athlete". British Universities and Colleges Sport. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  3. ^ Telegraph report
  4. ^ Archived 2010-10-14 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "False start upsets Katherine Endacott in Delhi". BBC News. 7 October 2010. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Commonwealth Games 2010: Double gold for England in 4x100m relays". 12 October 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Brunel athletes head for Melbourne". Brunel University London. 3 February 2006. Retrieved 23 January 2019.

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Preceded by
Abi Oyepitan
Joice Maduaka
British Champion in 100m
Succeeded by
Joice Maduaka
Jeanette Kwakye