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Fatima Whitbread
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Whitbread in 2012
Personal information
Birth name Fatima Vedad
Nationality  Great Britain
Born 3 March 1961 (1961-03-03) (age 60)
London, England
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight 10 st 10 lb (68 kg)
Country  Great Britain
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Javelin throw
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 77.44 (1986)

Fatima Whitbread MBE (née Vedad; 3 March 1961) is a retired British athlete and former javelin thrower. She won the 1986 European Championships in Stuttgart, having broken the world record with a throw of 77.44 metres in the qualifying round the previous day. She went on to win the 1987 World Championships in Rome. She is also a two-time Olympic medallist, winning bronze at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and silver at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Her former world record throw makes her one of only two women in history to have thrown the javelin (old model) over 75 metres.

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