Lawrence Clarke (athlete)
12 March 1990 |
Westminster, London, England
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||77 kg (170 lb; 12.1 st)|
|Sport||Running / Hurdling|
|Club||US Créteil-Lusitanos (France), Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow Athletic Club (England).|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||110m Hurdles (U20): 13.37
60m Hurdles: 7.59
110m Hurdles: 13.31/13.14w
Charles Lawrence Somerset Clarke (born 12 March 1990 in Westminster, London), commonly known as Lawrence Clarke, is a professional 110m hurdler who notably finished fourth in the London Olympic Games 110m Hurdles Final. He is the son of Sir Toby Clarke, 6th Baronet and is the heir apparent to the baronetcy. He served as Captain of the Great Britain Athletics Team at the 2015 European Athletics Indoor Championships and was coached in Bath by Malcolm Arnold OBE, the former coach of Colin Jackson CBE and John Akii-Bua. He is currently coached in Paris by Giscard Samba Koundys.
Clarke was educated at two independent schools: at Summer Fields School in the city of Oxford in Oxfordshire, and Eton College in the small town of Eton in Berkshire. He went on to study Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Bristol, gaining a Second class honours, upper division (2:1). He studied at the University of Bath for a Masters in Management with a specialisation in UK Targeted Absolute Return Equity Fund Management.
Clarke is the son of Sir Tobias Clarke, 6th Baronet. Clarke's maternal grandfather was the Conservative MP Somerset de Chair, son of Admiral Sir Dudley Rawson Stratford de Chair KCB KCMG KBE MVO. He takes his name Lawrence from his American ancestor Abbott Lawrence. His uncle-by-marriage is Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg. He is a descendant of the Roosevelt Family.
Junior athletics career
Clarke was in fourth place in the 110m hurdles at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune, India. He was also the British University (BUCS) champion in the 60m hurdles (2009) with a time of 7.83 seconds and 110m Champion (2010) in a time of 13.85 seconds.
Clarke held the No. 1 spot on the British All Time list for the Under 20 men's 3"3 110m Hurdles until 23 May 2010. He established a new National Junior Record with a personal best of 13.37 seconds whilst also winning gold at European Junior Athletics Championships in July 2009, in Novi Sad, Serbia. .
Senior athletics career
In June 2010, Clarke won the UK National Under-23 Title in a wind-assisted time (+2.5 m/s) of 13.60secs. He successfully defended this title in June 2011 in his season debut that year.
On 8 October 2010, Clarke won the bronze medal at the XIX Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. He finished third behind two other English hurdlers: Andy Turner (2010 European Champion) and William Sharman. It is the first time in history that England have completed a 1-2-3 clean sweep in the 110m hurdles.
He competed at the 2011 World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea where he went out in the first round with a time of 13.65s (-0.2 m/s). The winner of his heat was Jason Richardson who went on to win the Championships after Dayron Robles, the 2008 Olympic Champion and World Record holder, was disqualified after the final.
2012 Olympic Games
On 24 June 2012, he achieved selection for Great Britain in the XXX Olympiad in London 2012. He ran a new personal best of 13.31 (-0.5 m/s) in his Olympic Semi final on 8 August. As a result, he qualified as the only European for the 110m Men's Hurdles Final as a fastest loser. Running from lane 2 in the final he finished an unexpected 4th place with a time of 13.39 seconds beating the 2009 World Champion, Ryan Brathwaite, into 5th.
He broke his wrist in the winter of 2012 followed by a series of hamstring tears that saw him miss high level competition in 2013. He returned to International competition in 2014 finishing 8th at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Two weeks later he competed at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich only to tear his hamstring five minutes before the call room for the European Final.
In March 2015 he was appointed Team Captain of Great Britain at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Prague. He finished 5th in the 60m hurdles. That summer he competed at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing exiting in the semi-finals.
|60 metres hurdles||7.59s||Mondeville, France||7 February 2015|
|110 metres hurdles||13.31s||London, England||8 August 2012|
|110 metres hurdles (wind assisted)||13.14s (+4.7 m/s)||Madrid, Spain||7 July 2012|
|2008||Commonwealth Youth Games||Pune||4th||110 m hurdles (99cm)||14 s 23|
|2009||European Junior Championships||Novi Sad||1st||110 m hurdles (99cm)||13 s 37|
|2010||Commonwealth Games||Delhi||3rd||110 m hurdles||13 s 70|
|2011||European Athletics Indoor Championships||Paris||4th, SF 2||60 m hurdles||7 s 74|
|European Athletics U23 Championships||Ostrava||3rd||110 m hurdles||13 s 62|
|IAAF World Athletics Championships||Daegu||5th, Heat 2||110 m hurdles||13 s 65|
|2012||2012 Summer Olympic Games||London||4th||110 m hurdles||13 s 31|
|2014||Commonwealth Games||Glasgow||8th||110 m hurdles||13 s 84|
|European Athletics Championships||Zurich||DNS, Final||110m hurdles||-|
|2015||European Indoor Championships||Prague||5th||60 m hurdles||7 s 63|
|IAAF World Athletics Championships||Beijing||8th, SF 3||110 m hurdles||13 s 53|
|2016||IAAF World Indoor Championships||Portland||10th||60 m hurdles||7 s 65|
- "WSEH AC"
- "- Person Page 22615". thepeerage.com.
- Simon Hart (28 September 2010). "Commonwealth Games 2010: Charles Lawrence Somerset Clarke eyes next hurdle". Telegraph.co.uk.
- Old Summerfieldian News - Summer Fields School
- "Bristol University - News - 2011: Lawrence Clarke". bris.ac.uk.
- "Lawrence Clarke Meet the poshest man in sport! Hurdler went to Eton, is heir to the Baronetcy of Dunham Lodge and related to former US president Roosevelt - Daily Mail Online". Mail Online.
- "Unknown Page". topsinathletics.com.
- European Athletics Athlete Database
- UKA Five Medals At Euro Juniors
- Clarke eyes European trials after storming hurdles win in Bedford | More than the games
- Easy as 1-2-3: England's record high in hurdles - Athletics, More Sports - The Independent
- Jessica Creighton. "BBC Sport - Mo Farah wins national 5,000m title but set to focus on 10,000m". BBC Sport.
- "110m hurdles men results - Athletics - London 2012 Olympics". london2012.com.
- Clarke targeting gold after 'crushing' injuries | BBC
- Sharman has to settle for silver after hitting hurdles | Telegraph
- Hatton and Clarke progress at Prague European Indoor Championships | Athletics Weekly
|Baronetage of the United Kingdom|
Sir Toby Clarke, 6th Baronet
|in line of succession to Baronetcy
(of Dunham Lodge, Norfolk. cr.1831)