Tessa Sanderson

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Javelin Thrower
Date of Birth May 14, 1956
Place of Birth Saint Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica
Age 64 years old
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Tessa Sanderson

Theresa Ione "Tessa" Sanderson, is a British former javelin thrower and heptathlete. A six-time Olympian in the javelin from 1976 to 1996, she won the gold medal in 1984 for Great Britain, and in 1996 she became the second track and field athlete, after discus thrower Lia Manoliu, to compete at six Olympics. She is the first black British woman to have won an Olympic gold medal. During her career he had an ongoing rivalry with Fatima Whitbread. Sanderson has made numerous television appearances as a guest, and worked as a sports reporter for Sky News when it first aired in 1989. Sanderson was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 1985 New Year's Honours, following her Olympic gold, raised to Officer in the 1998 New Year's Honours for her charity work, and later to Commander in the 2004 New Year's Honours for her services to Sport England.

Sport: Athletics
Event(s): Javelin throw
Turned pro: 1973
Retired: 1997
Personal best(s): 73.58 m (1983)
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About Tessa Sanderson

English javelin thrower and heptathlete who won the gold medal for javelin at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

Before Fame

She started in the European championships and was a silver medalist in 1978.


She was Vice-Chairman of Sport England from 1999-2005.

Family Life

She married former Olympic Judo athlete Densign White.


NFL star Ed Reed also competed in the javelin throw in high school.

Information related to Tessa Sanderson

  • English female javelin throwers
  • English heptathletes
  • British heptathletes
  • British female javelin throwers
  • Jamaican female javelin throwers
  • Jamaican emigrants to the United Kingdom
  • Sportspeople from Wolverhampton
  • Athletes (track and field) at the 1974 British Commonwealth Games
  • Athletes (track and field) at the 1986 Commonwealth Games
  • Athletes (track and field) at the 1978 Commonwealth Games
  • Athletes (track and field) at the 1990 Commonwealth Games
  • English Olympic medallists
  • Olympic gold medallists for Great Britain
  • Olympic gold medalists in athletics (track and field)
  • Commonwealth Games gold medallists for England
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