Tom Parsons

I Was born in Birmingham and competed across a variety of sports until deciding to specialise in athletics. I was coached at Solihull by Mike Dolby for 8 years before heading off to University to complete my sports degree in Cardiff. Although not hitting the heights as a junior, I continued to progess year on year and eventually made my senior British debut in 2005 ages 21. I later qualified for my first Commonwealth Games in 2006, where I limped awat from the final with 2.10m and a broken ankle.

I came back stronger the following year to jump 2.28m and qualify for the World Championships in Osaka were i got a personal best 2.29m to qualify automatically for the final. The following year realised a dream and jumped 2.30m to win the Olympic Trials in my home town and reach the Beijing Olympics where I made the final finishing 8th. Since then i have improved to 2.31m in 2011, but missed out on London 2012 after ankle surgery the previous winter. Things have improved steadily since then and i jumoed 2.28m last season and improved to 2.30m to make the World Indoor Championships in March this year. I aim to balance getting married, working part time and still jumping in the quest to reach the Rio Olympics. I hope to bow out in 2017 after the London World Champions and continue my coaching career which I have just began.

Olympic finalist 8th Place 2008, National Champion 2008, 2011 Indoor National Champion 2011 World Student Games finalist 2010 Commonwealth finalist 2006, 2010 World Indoors 9th place 2010, 12th place 2014 World Champs finalist 2007 European Team Champs 2nd place 2013

Personal bests: 2.31m indoors, 2.30m outdoors

Club: Birchfield Harriers

                      

 

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