Fatima Whitbread Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Martha Martins
Jan 31, 2024 By Martha Martins
Originally Published on May 25, 2022
Edited by Aditi Gupta
Read about the popular Javelin thrower Fatima Whitbread in this article.
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About Fatima Whitbread

Abandoned by her mother as an infant, Fatima Whitbread grew up to become one of the most popular athletes in Britain, a javelin thrower who broke the world record in the year 1986.
Fatima Whitbread broke the world record in javelin throw while being qualified for the European Championship held in 1986. She has won a gold medal at the World Championships held in 1987, a silver medal at the Olympics of 1988, she won a silver medal after her javelin throw was four meters less than Petra Felke.
Fatima even won a bronze medal in 1984 at Olympics. At present, she has retired from Javelin throw due to her severe shoulder injuries. Her retirement came in 1992.

Fatima Whitbread Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Fatima Whitbread’s net worth?

Fatima Whitbread is the richest javelin thrower in the United Kingdom, as of 2022, her net worth is expected to be around $20 million.

How much does Fatima Whitbread earn per year?

At present, no information is available regarding the annual earnings of Fatima Whitbread.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Fatima Whitbread?

Fatima Whitbread is about 5 ft 6 in tall (168 cm).

How old is Fatima Whitbread?

Born on March 3, in the year 1961, Fatima Whitbread is 61 years old as of 2022. She was born in the city of London in England. Her zodiac sign is Pisces.

Childhood And Education

The world record-breaking javelin thrower was abandoned as a baby by her birth mother who was abusive and cruel. Fatima Whitbread had a troubled childhood and grew up as an orphan in different daycares until she was 14 years of age. She was born in London, England to a Turkish mother, and her father is believed to be of Greek origin. Nothing more is known about her family life.
Fatima began learning javelin throw at 11 years of age from her coach, Margaret Whitbread. Fatima was adopted by Margaret at the age of 14, and her life began to take an extremely positive turn from then.
For education, Fatima Whitbread had gone to many schools including Dikes County Primary School, the Culverhouse Secondary School, and finally, to Torells School.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Fatima Whitbread’s partner?

Fatima Whitbread was married to Andrew Norman, an influential promotional officer at the British Athletic Federation (BAF). Fatima met Andrew Norman during her athletic career, and despite him being elder and married, ended up tying the nuptial knot in the year 1997.
Fatima has only one son. She gave birth to Ryan Norman in the year 1998. The marriage however did not last long, and the couple got separated in 2006. Shortly after the divorce in 2007, Andrew passed away due to a sudden heart attack.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Fatima Whitbread is best known as a world-record-holding javelin thrower. She won a Bronze medal at the Olympics of 1984, a Silver medal at the 1988 Olympics, and lastly, won a Gold medal and making her nation proud at the World Championships. Fatima also earned a lot of praise in 1986 after she won the European Championships, which were held in Stuttgart. It was here, that Fatima broke the world record with a historic throw of 77.44 meters.
Fatima Whitbread also earned a lot of fame by appearing on various television shows including 'Celebrity Come Dine With Me', 'Total Wipeout', and the BBC quiz show called 'Pointless Celebrities' where she shared the stage with Sharron Davies.

Charity Work

Fatima Whitbread is very active in charity works, she also supports an organization named 'British Heart Foundation'.

What awards has Fatima Whitbread won?

Apart from winning many titles and medals at Olympics, Fatima Whitbread has also been honored with the 'BBC Sports Personality Of The Year' award in 1987.

Other Interesting Fatima Whitbread Facts And Trivia

  • Fatima Whitbread trekked the 'Sultan Trail' for a BBC show named 'Pilgrimage: Road to Istanbul'.
  • Fatima went to Culverhouse Secondary School and Torells School for education. She is from the United Kingdom and was born in London.
  • She has won a bronze medal and silver medal at Olympics.

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Dikes County School

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Written by Martha Martins

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Linguistics

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Martha MartinsBachelor of Arts specializing in Linguistics

Martha is a full-time creative writer, content strategist, and aspiring screenwriter who communicates complex thoughts and ideas effectively. She has completed her Bachelor's in Linguistics from Nasarawa State University. As an enthusiast of public relations and communication, Martha is well-prepared to substantially impact your organization as your next content writer and strategist. Her dedication to her craft and commitment to delivering high-quality work enables her to create compelling content that resonates with audiences.

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