ukKola Adedoyin

COUNTRYGREAT BRITAIN
DATE OF BIRTH08.04.1991
COACH Tosin Oke
CLUBNewham & Essex Beagles/Brunel Uni
EVENTTriple Jump
PERSONAL BEST16.61m

 

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ABOUT Kola Adedoyin

Kola is a British triple jumper who is a former British indoor champion and has a PB of 16.61m.

Born in Maryland, USA,  he moved to England as a five-year old and attended the Royal Alexandra and Albert School from 2002-2007 and captained their football, basketball and athletics teams. After taking bronze at the 2005 English Schools Championships he started training with former Great Britain international John Vernon at Sutton Arena. He made a big breakthrough in 2007, leaping into the UK under-17 top 10 all-time list with 15.08m.

Adedoyin went on to attend Kingston College in 2007. However, his first year as a junior athlete was ruined by a knee injury. He bounced back in 2009 with a PB of 15.63m, winning the 2009 English Schools senior boys’ title and gaining his first Great Britain call-up for the European Athletics Junior Championships. In September 2009 Adedoyin joined an illustrious list of British athletes such as Iwan Thomas, Tony Adams and James Cracknell by attending Brunel University and consequently moved coach to well respected international coach Frank Attoh. In 2010 Adedoyin won his first UK senior medal with a bronze at the Indoor Championships  and followed that up with qualification for the World Junior Championships with 15.93m, breaking the Surrey County junior and senior record. Disaster again struck a couple of weeks later when he ruptured ankle ligaments in Geneva, Switzerland, six weeks before the World Junior Championships. After much hard work he managed to pass a fitness test, and went on to the World Juniors, qualifying for the final on his final jump. Unfortunately, his ankle did not hold up and he was forced to pull out of final by team doctors. He finished summer 2010 as Britain’s top junior outdoors.

The start of the 2011 season was marred by an ankle ligament rupture in December, but Kola finished the season as the British under-23 champion and No.1, jumping a personal best of 16.06m at Bedford in June. He also made his Great Britain senior team debut at the European Team Championships in 2011.

He was second in the Olympic trials in 2012 and in subsequent seasons improved his PB, culmination in 16.61m in 2014.