Ben Challenger

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Ben Challenger
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Born (1978-03-07) 7 March 1978 (age 41)
Loughborough, Leicestershire

Benjamin Arthur Challenger (born 7 March 1978) is a retired English high jumper. His personal best jump of 2.30 metres was achieved when he won the 1999 Summer Universiade. His career highlight is a silver medal at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.


Born in Loughborough, Leicestershire, Challenger attended Shepshed High School and later he studied sports science at Loughborough University (a course he later abandoned in favour of full-time high jump training). [1] As a youth he considered a career in basketball, and toured the US with the Leicester Riders, leading to offers from NBA talent scouts acting for US universities, which he turned down.

He is the son of the Showaddywaddy drummer, Romeo Challenger, and the brother of singer Tamzin Challenger. However, contrary to popular belief he is not the half-brother of footballer Dion Dublin, who according to some incorrect sources is the son of Romeo Challenger. [2]

In 2012, Challenger married recruitment consultant and fitness instructor Lucy Misch, a former model and actress; [3] together they run Studio Challenger in Berkshire, a pilates school. [4]

Competition record

Representing Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain and Flag of England.svg  England
1996 World Junior Championships Sydney, Australia 2nd 2.21 m
1997 European Junior Championships Ljubljana, Slovenia 2nd2.20 m
Universiade Catania, Italy 11th 2.10 m
1998 European Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 10th 2.22 m
Commonwealth Games Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2nd 2.28 m
1999 Universiade Palma de Mallorca, Spain 1st 2.30 m
European U23 Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 1st 2.30 m
World Championships Seville, Spain 25th (q) 2.20 m
2000 European Indoor Championships Ghent, Belgium 14th (q) 2.16 m
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 17th (q) 2.20 m
2002 Commonwealth Games Manchester, United Kingdom 3rd 2.25 m
European Championships Munich, Germany 16th (q) 2.15 m
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 14th (q) 2.24 m
2006 Commonwealth Games Melbourne, Australia 8th 2.15 m

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  2. "Dion's looking forward to spending more time with his family - and playing his saxophones!". Archived from the original on 2012-06-18. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
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