Hazel in 2012
|Birth name||Louise Victoria Hazel|
6 October 1985 |
Southwark, London, England
|Height||1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||56 kg (8 st 11 lb)|
|Country|| Great Britain (GBR)
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||6156 (2010)|
Louise Victoria Hazel (born 6 October 1985) is an English track and field athlete from March, Cambridgeshire, who specialises in the multi-event heptathlon. She has competed in four major international championships. The first was in 2006 when she came 17th at the European Championships and the second was three years later when she finished 14th at the World Championships. During 2009 she was ranked 2nd best in the country and 9th best of all time. In the 2010 Commonwealth Games she won the gold medal for the England team, with a personal best of 6156 points. At the 2011 Mehrkampf-Meeting Ratingen she scored 6166 points but this included wind-assisted performances and she also competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics. In July 2012 she appeared with Tasha Danvers, Mark Foster, Derek Redmond on the Channel Four programme Come Dine With Me prior to her Olympics competition, and won the show.
In September 2013 she announced her retirement from heptathlon, although she could compete in other events. In January 2014 she announced that she would come out of retirement to defend her title at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow after Jessica Ennis-Hill announced that she would miss the Games due to pregnancy. However, in June 2014 Hazel stated that she had decided to abandon her comeback due to her training schedule being disrupted by a flare-up of ulcerative colitis.
Hazel was born in Southwark, London and enjoyed sports as a child. Encouraged by her father she began training at age 10 at the local athletics club. She was educated at Neale-Wade Community College in Cambridgeshire and graduated with a BA in French from the University of Birmingham. While at university she joined the renowned Birchfield Harriers Athletics Club.
2010 Commonwealth Games
|100 metre hurdles||13.25 secs||2nd||1,087||2nd||(1,087) Personal Best|
|High Jump||1.69 m||7th||842||4th||(1,929)|
|Shot put||12.54 m||5th||697||5th||(2,626)|
|200 metres||24.10 secs||2nd||971||3rd||(3,597) Personal Best|
|Long jump||6.44 m||1st||988||1st||(4,585) Personal Best. Lead by 74 points|
|Javelin||44.42 m||1st||752||1st||(5,337) Personal Best. Lead by 126 points|
|800 metres||2:20.33||4th||819||1st||(6,156) Won by 56 points|
|Heptathlon||6,156||1st||Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist.|
2011 World Championships
|100 metre hurdles||13.24 secs||5th||1,089||5th||(1,089) Personal Best|
|High Jump||1.74 m||20th||903||16th||(1,992) Personal Best|
|Shot put||12.36 m||22nd||685||18th||(2,677)|
|200 metres||24.25 secs||7th||957||16th||(3,634)|
|Long jump||6.25 m||10th||927||13th||(4,561)|
2012 Olympic Games
|100 metre hurdles||13.48 secs||=15th||1,053||=15th||(1,053)|
|High jump||1.59 m||38th||724||37th||(1,777)|
|Shot put||12.81 m||29th||715||37th||(2,492)|
|200 metres||24.48 secs||20th||935||34th||(3,427)|
|Long jump||5.77 m||29th||780||31st||(4,207)|
|Javelin||47.38 m||11th||809||30th||(5,016) Personal Best|
- "IAAF Profile".
- Commonwealth Games England Athletics Team
- "Power of 10 Profile".
- "Commonwealth Games 2010: Hazel takes heptathlon gold". BBC Sport. BBC Online. 9 October 2010. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
- http://www.channel4.com/programmes/come-dine-with-me/videos/series-26/s26-ep23-olympic-special/2835689961001 Come Dine with Me Series 26, Episode 23: Olympic Special
- BBC "Louise Hazel: Commonwealth champion quits heptathlon"
- "Louise Hazel: Commonwealth champion comes out of retirement". bbc.co.uk. 29 January 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
- "Glasgow 2014: Louise Hazel will not defend heptathlon title". bbc.co.uk. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
- "Raise Your Game - Louise Hazel". BBC. 2012.
- "My School Sport: Louise Hazel". Daily Telegraph. 13 July 2011.
- "Olympic hopeful Louise Hazel discusses her time at Birmingham". birmingham.ac.uk. 21 June 2011.
- "The Wright Stuff - Guests from 7th October". Channel 5. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
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