Kathy Cook

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Kathy Cook (actually Kathryn Jane Smallwood, née Smallwood ; born May 3, 1960 in Winchester ) is a British sprinter and Olympic medalist.

She won the gold medal in the 4 x 100 meter relay at the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton in 1978 , the silver medal over 200 meters in Brisbane in 1982 and the gold medal over 4 x 100 meters and the silver medal over 200 meters in Edinburgh in 1986 , in the 400 meter run the bronze medal behind Debbie Flintoff (AUS) and Jillian Richardson (CAN) as well as the gold medal in the 4 x 100 meters and the silver medal in the 4 x 400 meter relay . She set national British records in 1981 over 100 meters with 11.1 seconds, in 1984 with 22.1 seconds over 200 meters and with 49.43 seconds over 400 meters.

At the European Championships in Prague in 1978 she won silver over 4 times 100 meters and at the European Championships in Athens in 1982 silver over 200 meters (defeated by the German Bärbel Wöckel) and over 4 times 100 meters.

At the World Championships in Helsinki in 1983 she won bronze over 200 meters behind Marita Koch (GDR) and Merlene Ottey (JAM) and the silver medal over 4 x 100 meters.

She achieved Olympic medals at the 1980 Games in Moscow with a bronze medal in the 4 x 100 meter relay with her teammates Heather Hunte , Beverley Goddard and Sonia Lannaman and at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles with bronze medals over 400 meters behind two US-Americans Valerie Brisco-Hooks (gold) and Chandra Cheeseborough (silver) and over 4 x 100 meters together with their teammates Simmone Jacobs , Callender (ex Goddard) and Heather Oakes .

Kathy Cook started for the Reading Athletic Club. Like her husband, former sprinter Garry Cook , she is a PE teacher at Mayfield Preparatory School in Walsall . The couple has three children.

Personal bests

  • 100 m : 11.10 s, September 5, 1981, Rome (former British record)
  • 200 m: 22.10 s, August 9, 1984, Los Angeles (British record)
    • Halle: 23.36 s, March 12, 1983, Cosford (former British record)
  • 400 m: 49.43 s, August 6, 1984, Los Angeles (British record)

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