Fatima Whitbread is the winner of bronze and silver in the Olympics in 1984 and 1988
Fatima Whitbread is the winner of bronze and silver in the Olympics in 1984 and 1988( Source : co )


The retired British javelin thrower Fatima Whitbread grew up in a disturbed childhood after his mother abandoned her as a baby. After that, she spent most of her childhood in different care homes. 

At 11, she took up the javelin, and eventually, Margaret Whitbread adopted her. The former athlete Margaret Whitbread later became a national javelin and a coach. 

The winner of the European Athletics Championships in Stuttgart, Fatima was the first British athlete to set a world record in a throwing event. In addition, she is also a two-time Olympic medallist who won bronze at the 1984 Summer Olympics and silver at the 1988 Summer Olympics.

In 1979, at 18, she got gold at the European Athletics Junior Championships. One of her famous rivalries in her career was with another British javelin athlete, Tessa Sanderson. 

Birth Name Fatima Vedad
Age 61
Date of Birth 3 March 1961
Birth PlaceStoke Newington, London
Nationality British
Height 5 ft 6 in
Weight 10 st 10 lb
Occupation Former British javelin thrower

Who Were Fatima Whitbread Real Parents?

Fatima Whitbread was born in London to Cypriot parents who are out of the picture in her life. After her birth mother abandoned her, Margaret Whitbread and her husband adopted her. 

After her abusive mother left her, she had to spend most of her childhood in different children's homes. 

Fatima Whitbread when she was 3 years old after her mother abandoned her
Fatima Whitbread when she was 3 years old after her mother abandoned her ( Source : dailymail )

During one of the interviews, she revealed that she was alone in an apartment in London. Later, when a neighbor heard a baby crying inside while no one was coming or going out of the apartment, they reported it. 

Luckily, the police rescued her and took her to the hospital, where she stayed for six months. She then went on to spend 14 years in a children's home without visitors.

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What Was Fatima Whitbread Parents Ethnicity?

The biological mother of Fatima Whitbread was from Turkish Cypriot, while her birth father was from Greek Cypriot.

Fatima is the first Britan in any pain to set the World Record in a javelin throwing event.  Fatima has always stayed far from home, and in 1987, she won the 1987 World Championships. 

Fatima has always stayed away from both her abusive real mother and father, who abandoned her. Later, Margaret Whitbread's family adopted her and gave her a new life. 

Who Is Fatima Whitbread Husband?

Fatima Whitbread married her husband, Andrew Norman, from 1997 to 2006. They got divorced in 2006, and a year later, he lost his life due to a heart attack in 2007. 

They were married from 1997 until their separation in 2006. He was the former promotions director of the British Athletic Federation. 

Fatima Whitbread with her former husband Andrew on their wedding day
Fatima Whitbread with her former husband Andrew on their wedding day ( Source : dailymail )

In the early 1990s, Norman was surrounded by controversy, due to which he lost his job. He allegedly pressured Mr. Temple not to pursue a story critical of Mr. Norman's fiancee. 

However, Norman denied all the allegations at the time, calling Cliff a long-standing friend. 

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Inside Fatima Whitbread Career

Fatima Whitbread started her career by winning the English Schools' Athletics Championships intermediate title in 1977. She also set a national intermediate record of 158 ft 5 in (48.28 m) in winning the Amateur Athletic Association (AAA) women's championship. 

Fatima has also broken the javelin world record with a throw of 77.44 m in the qualifying round of the 1986 European Championships. That is 2 meters further than the record set by Petra Felke of East Germany just a year before. 

Later on, her career got affected due to a long-term shoulder injury supposedly due to her world record throw in 1986. The last event that she participated in was the 1990 UK Athletics Championships.