Sallyanne Short

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Sallyanne Short (born 6 March 1968) is a Welsh former sprinter who competed in the 100 metres and 200 metres. She represented Great Britain in the 4 x 100 metres relay at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul.

Wales Country in northwest Europe, part of the United Kingdom

Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It is bordered by England to the east, the Irish Sea to the north and west, and the Bristol Channel to the south. It had a population in 2011 of 3,063,456 and has a total area of 20,779 km2 (8,023 sq mi). Wales has over 1,680 miles (2,700 km) of coastline and is largely mountainous, with its higher peaks in the north and central areas, including Snowdon, its highest summit. The country lies within the north temperate zone and has a changeable, maritime climate.

100 metres Sprint race

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200 metres sprint running event

The 200 metres is a sprint running event. On an outdoor race 400 m track, the race begins on the curve and ends on the home straight, so a combination of techniques are needed to successfully run the race. A slightly shorter race, called the stadion and run on a straight track, was the first recorded event at the ancient Olympic Games. The 200 m places more emphasis on speed endurance than shorter sprint distances as athletes predominantly rely on anaerobic energy system during the 200 m sprint.

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Career

Short was born in Newport, Wales and began her international career in 1986. She represented Great Britain at the World Junior Championships in Athens and Wales at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, where she won a bronze medal in the 4 × 100 m relay.

Newport, Wales City and County in Wales


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The 1st World Junior Championships in Athletics was the inaugural 1986 edition of the World Junior Championships in Athletics. It was held in Athens, Greece on 16–20 July.

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In 1988, she earned relay selection for the Seoul Olympics. The British quartet of Short, Bev Kinch, Simmone Jacobs and Paula Dunn, reached the semi-finals, running 43.50 to miss the final by just six hundredths of a second. [1]

At the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul a total number of 42 events in athletics were contested: 24 by men and 18 by women. There were a total number of 1617 participating athletes from 149 countries.

Beverly "Bev" Kinch is an English former long jumper and sprinter. She held the UK long jump record for 29 years (1983–2012) with 6.90 metres. She is the 1983 Universiade Champion at 100 metres and the 1984 European Indoor Champion at 60 metres. She also represented Great Britain at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul.

Kim Simmone Geraldine Jacobs is a British athlete who competed in the 100 metres and 200 metres. She represented Great Britain at four Olympic Games (1988–96), winning a bronze medal as a 17-year-old at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics in the 4 x 100 metres relay. She also won a relay bronze medal at the 1990 European Championships and relay medals at three Commonwealth Games.

At her second Commonwealth Games in Auckland, January 1990, she reached the finals of both the 100 metres and 200 metres, finishing fifth in the 100 m in 11.41 and sixth in the 200 m in 23.35. In the summer, she won the UK National title at 100 metres and competed in the 200 m at the European Championships in Split.

1990 Commonwealth Games 14th edition of the Commonwealth Games

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UK Athletics Championships

The UK Athletics Championships was an annual national championship in track and field for the United Kingdom, organised by the British Athletics Federation. The event incorporated the 1980 Olympic trials for the British Olympic team. The venue for the event was rotational and designed to be inclusive – all four Home Nations hosted the event during its twenty-year existence, as well as several areas of England.

Short was unlucky to miss Olympic selection in 1992. At the Olympic trials in Birmingham, she was third in the 200 metres, but was the top UK athlete (Australian's Melinda Gainsford and Melissa Moore were 1st and 2nd). Short however, ran 23.24, just outside the qualifying standard of 23.20. Having been unable to attain this time in subsequent races, she did achieve the 100 m standard of 11.40, with 11.39 in Cwmbran. Unfortunately she achieved this just days after the selection deadline. The UK selectors decided not to send a 4 × 100 m squad to Barcelona. She retired in 1995. [2]

As of 2014, Short still holds the Welsh 100 m record with her 11.39 from 1992. The record was equalled by Elaine O'Neil in 2010.

Achievements

YearCompetitionVenuePositionEventNotes
Representing Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain / Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales
1986 World Junior Championships Athens, Greece 14th (sf)200 m 24.20 (wind: +0.5 m/s)
6th4 × 100 m 45.18
Commonwealth Games Edinburgh, Scotland 8th100 m11.74
11th (h)200 m24.06
3rd4 × 100 m45.37
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea semi-final4 × 100 m43.50
1990 Commonwealth Games Auckland, New Zealand 5th100 m11.41
6th200 m23.35
European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 18th (h)200 m 23.83 (wind: -0.5 m/s)

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References

  1. "Women 4x100 mRelay Olympic Games 1988 Seoul". todor66.com. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  2. "Athletics: Sallyanne Short, the Welsh sprinter, has retired". The Independent . 5 December 1995. Retrieved 17 July 2016.