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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 is the richest javelin thrower in the United Kingdom, as of 2022, her net worth is expected to be around $20 million.
At present, no information is available regarding the annual earnings of Fatima Whitbread.
Fatima Whitbread is about 5 ft 6 in tall (168 cm).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fatima Whitbread is very active in charity works, she also supports an organization named 'British Heart Foundation'.
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.
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