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Beverly Kinch

Beverly Kinch
Medal record
Women's Athletics
Representing  Great Britain
European Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1990 Split 4x100 m relay
Gold medal – first place 1983 Edmonton 100 m
European Indoor Championships
Gold medal – first place 1984 Gothenburg 60 m
Representing  England
Commonwealth Games
Bronze medal – third place 1982 Brisbane Long jump

Beverly "Bev" Kinch (born 14 January 1964) is an English former long jumper and sprinter. She held the UK long jump record for 29 years (1983–2012) with 6.90 metres. She is the 1983 Universiade Champion at 100 metres and the 1984 European Indoor Champion at 60 metres. She also represented Great Britain at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul.


Kinch was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, England and was a member of the Borough of Hounslow Athletics Club. She competed at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, winning the bronze medal in the long jump with a jump of 6.78 m.

In 1983, aged 19, she came 5th in the long jump final at the World Championships in Helsinki with a wind-assisted 6.93 metres. In the same competition, she set a British record of 6.90 metres, which stood until 2012. In 1983 she also won the gold in the 100 metres at the Universiade in a time of 11.13 (wind-assisted). The US magazine Track & Field News ranked her the seventh best long jumper in the world in 1983.

In 1984, Kinch competed in the European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg, where she won a gold medal in the 60 m sprint in a time of 7.16 seconds. Kinch was an outstanding talent, who seemed to have a brilliant future ahead of her, She earned selection for the 1984 Olympics at both 100 metres and long jump but was forced to withdraw because of injury and was never able to regain her former glory.

At the 1986 European Indoor Championships in Madrid she finished fourth in a time of 7.13 seconds in the 60 m sprint, a British record that stood until Jeanette Kwakye ran 7.08 seconds at the World Indoor Championships in Valencia in 2008.

Kinch competed at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul as a member of the UK 4 x 100 metres relay quartet that reached the semi-finals. In 1990, she won a European Championship bronze medal in the relay along with her teammates Stephanie Douglas, Simmone Jacobs and Paula Thomas. That year also saw her run a lifetime best in the 100 m with 11.29 secs. She reached the quarter-finals of the 100 metres at the World Championships in both Tokyo, 1991 and Stuttgart, 1993.

In 1996, Kinch earned relay selection for the Olympic Games, but was forced to withdraw due to injury.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  England
1982 1982 Commonwealth Games Brisbane, Australia 3rd Long Jump 6.78 m
Representing  Great Britain
1983 European Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 4th 60 metres 7.19
1983 Universiade (World Student Games) Edmonton, Canada 1st 100 metres 11.13 w
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 5th Long Jump 6.93 m w
1984 European Indoor Championships Göteborg, Sweden 1st 60 metres 7.16
1986 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 4th 60 metres 7.16
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea semi-final 4x100 metres 43.50
1990 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia semi-final 100 metres 11.59
3rd 4x100 metres 43.32
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan quarter-final 100 metres 11.45
heats 4x100 metres 43.43
1993 World Championships in Athletics Stuttgart, Germany quarter-final 100 metres 11.40
8th 4x100 metres 43.86


External links

  • Beverly Kinch at IAAF
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Bev Kinch". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC.
  • British All-Time lists
  • Track & Field News Rankings

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