Yorkshire Olympians: Athletes at Rio from Sheffield (UPDATED with medals)
Four years ago, in the London Olympics, Yorkshire did Great Britain proud and hopes are high again as olympians from the county compete in Rio. Here we’ll take a look at the competitors taking part from Sheffield (and Barnsley).
Jessica Ennis-Hill CBE (Won SILVER in Women's Heptathlon)
The 30-year-old track and field athlete is the current world heptathalon and Olympic champion. Born to a Jamaican father and a mother from Derbyshire, Jessica has a younger sister and started in athletics back in 1996 when she competed in the Start:Track event at the Don Valley Stadium. It was here where she won her first prize and met her trainer Antonio Minichiello, who has been by her side ever since.
From this day, she has been a member of City of Sheffield & Dearne Athletic Club, which trains at Sheffield Hallam, and, along with her support staff - nicknamed Team Jennis - has gone from strength to strength ever since. Her first medal came with two silves at the 2004 Commonwealth Youth Games in Bendigo, Australia. Since then, she has won gold at the European Junior Championships, European Championship, World Indoor Championships, World Championships and Olympic Games.
Luke Cutts, Thurnscoe
There are two other athletes who train at the City of Sheffield & Dearne Athletic Club - Gerald Phiri and Luke Cutts. The former was born in Zambia, has trained here since being a child but represents his country of birth at the Olympics, while the latter is a 28-year-old pole vaulter.
Born in Barnsley, he took up pole vaulting at 11, won AAA events in 2006 and placed ninth in the 2006 World Junior Championships in Beijing. Luke currently holds the British indoor record at 5.83m (19’1.5”) and won silver at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow back in 2014.
Ed Clancy (Won GOLD in Men's Team Pursuit)
A professional cyclist who won gold at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games in Beijing and London respectively, Ed is one of the favourites to bring home a medal for Team GB in Brazil. The 31-year-old is an MBE, and has also won five World Championships as well as five European Elite Championships and got a silver in the Commonwealth Games in 2014. A specialist in team pursuit, he was born in Holmfirth, lives in Newton-le-Willows, supports Huddersfield Town, races domestically for JLT Condor and trains with them along with the Great Britain Cycle Team.
The professional golfer, 28, won his first Masters Tournament in Augusta this year - becoming only the second Englishman and first European in 17 years to win a Masters. One of four brothers, he once told the Telegraph that he practiced in a sheep field as a child. He plays on the European Tour, and has won five titles, lives in Rotherham with his wife and is a member of Ryder Cup venue Lindrick Golf Club.
At just 21, Max narrowly missed out on a medal by finishing fourth at Rio in the individual medley final. Originally from Pontefract, he told ITV: “Competing at the Olympics is what everyone dreams of and to be able to go out there and swim well is amazing. To come fourth at my first Olympic Games and set a personal best is all I could ask for.”
He has been a European finalist at the last two competitions and also competed in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Currently a student at Sheffield Hallam, Max trains under Russ Barber at the City of Sheffield Swim Squad.
The 21-year-old won bronze at the Commonwealth Games in the men’s synchronised 3-metre springboard alongside Nicholas Robinson-Baker. This year he has already won two titles (1m and 3m springboard) at the British Diving National Cup in Southend, the latter of which secured him a place in Rio. He also trains at the City of Sheffield and is coached by Tom Owens.