Birth and Adoption:
Born in London on March 3, 1961. She was abandoned in an apartment by her birth mother, left to be found by neighbors after three or four days of crying. She spent the next several years living in children's homes and suffering horrifying visits with her birth family. These visits included severe child abuse, including sexual abuse.
She started throwing the javelin when she was 11 years old. At the age of 14 she was adopted by her javelin coach, Margaret Whitbread.
- She is half Turkish and Greek.
- Earned World Champion in 1987, in Rome
- 1987 BBC Sports Personality Of The Year.
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