Sue Hearnshaw

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Sue Hearnshaw
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Susan Christina "Sue" Richardson (née Hearnshaw, formerly Telfer, born 26 May 1961) is a retired British athlete who competed mainly in the long jump. She won the 1984 Olympic bronze medal in the long jump, having won the European Indoor title a few months earlier. Her long jump best of 6.83 metres in 1984, ranks her seventh on the UK all-time list.

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Athletics career

Born Susan Hearnshaw in Liversedge, West Yorkshire, she competed for Great Britain at the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles, U.S. in the long jump where she won the bronze medal. Her mother, Muriel Pletts, had competed in the first post-war Summer Olympic Games in London in 1948, finishing fourth as part of the British women's 4 x 100 metre relay team. [1]

She represented England in the long jump event, at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. [2] Four years later she represented England again in the long jump event, at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. [3] [4] Hearnshaw achieved her legal best in the long jump with 6.83 metres on 6 May 1984. She also jumped a wind-assisted 7.00 metres when winning the UK Championship title on 27 May 1984.

Personal life

A graduate of Loughborough University, she subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

International competitions

YearCompetitionVenuePositionEventNotes
Representing Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain / Flag of England.svg  England
1977 European Junior Championships Donetsk, Soviet Union12thLong jump5.54 m
1978 Commonwealth Games Edmonton, Canada4thLong jump6.40 m
European Championships Prague, Czechoslovakia16th (q)Long jump6.25 m
1979 European Junior Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland3rdLong jump6.46 m
1980 Olympic Games Moscow, Soviet Union9thLong jump6.50 m
1981 Universiade Bucharest, Romania5thLong jump6.53 m
2nd4 × 100 m43.86
1982 Commonwealth Games Brisbane, Australia5thLong jump6.50 m
1984 European Indoor Championships Gothenburg, Sweden1stLong jump6.70 m
Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States3rdLong jump6.80 m (w)
(q) Indicates overall position in qualifying round

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References

  1. Sam Knight (June 9, 2012). "The Olympians: Muriel Pletts, Great Britain". Financial Times Magazine .
  2. "1978 Athletes". Team England.
  3. "1982 Athletes". Team England.
  4. "Athletes and results". Commonwealth Games Federation.