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Andrea Lynch

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Andrea Joan Caron Lynch (born November 24, 1952) is a British former track and field sprinter who competed in the 100 metres. The peak of her career was in 1974 when she was a bronze medallist at the 1974 European Athletics Championships and a double silver medallist in the 100 m and 4 × 100 metres relay at the 1974 British Commonwealth Games. Her personal best for the 100 m was 10.9 seconds (hand-timed). She is a former British record holder in the event.

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Career

Born in Barbados, she moved to England with her family at a young age. She would later apply to represent the country of her birth for the 1970 British Commonwealth Games, but decided to compete for Britain after she failed to receive a response. She proved herself as a young sprinter for Britain, winning at the English Schools' Athletics Championships over 100 m in 1970 and over 200 metres in 1971. She was the 100 m winner at the 1970 British Schools International Match. Her first major medal came at the 1970 European Athletics Junior Championships, being 100 m silver medallist behind Poland's Helena Kerner.

In 1974 she equalled the world record for the 60 metres, running 7.2 seconds. She had some of her greatest successes in that indoor event, winning the gold medal at the 1975 European Athletics Indoor Championships, having previously won a silver at the competition in 1974.

Lynch represented Great Britain at the Olympics in 1972 and 1976. In her first appearance, while still a teenager, she was a semi-finalist in the 100 m and was seventh in the 4 × 100 metres relay. Returning four years later, she made the Olympic 100 metres final and placed seventh, as well as making the relay final.

The following year she was runner-up to Renate Stecher at the 1975 European Cup and took her last major individual medals at the 1977 Universiade (a 100 m silver and 200 m bronze). Her only global level medal came with the European relay team at the 1977 IAAF World Cup, where she teamed up with national rival Sonia Lannaman and West Germany's Annegret Richter and Elvira Possekel to claim the gold.

At national level she won three 100 m title at the AAA Championships and three 60 m titles at the AAA Indoor Championships (1973, 1975 and 1976). She was runner-up in both 100 m and 200 m to Sonia Lannaman at the inaugural UK Championships in Athletics in 1977. She also competed as a guest at the Scottish Athletics Championships in 1972 and won both short sprints.

After retiring from competitive athletics, she remained involved with the sport and took up sprint coaching, including top ranked national junior sprinter Kyle Reynolds-Warmington at Belgrave Harriers.

She was formerly married to Canadian Olympic sprinter Brian Saunders.

National titles

  • AAA Championships
  • 100 metres: 1973, 1975, 1976
  • AAA Indoor Championships
  • 60 metres: 1973, 1975, 1976
  • Scottish Athletics Championships
  • 100 metres: 1972
  • 200 metres: 1972
  • References

    Andrea Lynch Wikipedia


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