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15 of the best Suffolk and north Essex athletes of all time

PUBLISHED: 16:39 07 August 2017 | UPDATED: 16:39 07 August 2017

Bronze medalist boxer Anthony Ogogo with his medal. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Bronze medalist boxer Anthony Ogogo with his medal. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

We are four days into the IAAF World Championships in Athletics and have been completely glued to our screens watching the likes of Usain Bolt and Sir Mo Farah. We take a look at the talented athlete’s that have came from Suffolk, from javelin to running - here are 15 of the best Suffolk and north Essex athletes of all time.

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1. Alastair Cook, Wickham Bishops

Cricket captain Cook is England’s all-time leading run scorer, he is considered one of the greatest and most successful batsmen to ever play for England. This left handed star was the youngest Englishman to reach 1,500, 2,000, 3,000, 4,000, 5,000 and 10,000 test runs.

I don’t know about you but I feel sweaty from just reading about his success!

2. Anthony Ogogo, Lowestoft

Great Britain's Anthony Ogogo with his Men's Middle (75kg) bronze medal at the  ExCeL Arena, London 2012 Olympics. Picture: NICK POTTS/PA WIRE. Great Britain's Anthony Ogogo with his Men's Middle (75kg) bronze medal at the ExCeL Arena, London 2012 Olympics. Picture: NICK POTTS/PA WIRE.

The current day Lowestoft hero took up middleweight boxing at the age of 12, and won his first gold medal in 2004 at the Junior Olympics when he was 16. Anthony struck gold again in 2005 at the IABA Cadet World Championships.

Ogogo was also the first of the British boxers to make their Olympic debut at the 2012 Olympic games, he opened with a round of 32 which he won.

3. George Pinner, Ipswich

Ball-hitter Pinner won goalkeeper of the tournament at the Hockey Champions Trophy in 2016, after this he changed to the No 1 position.

Goalkeeper George Pinner. Picture: FFU PRESS AGENCY COPYRIGHT FRANK UIJLENBROEK Goalkeeper George Pinner. Picture: FFU PRESS AGENCY COPYRIGHT FRANK UIJLENBROEK

George’s first international game dates back to 2007. Four years after this he had his first international debut at the Champions Trophy in 2011, where his team finished sixth.

4. Goldie Sayers, Newmarket

The javelin thrower’s birth name is Katherine Dinah Sayers but she is best known as Goldie Sayers.

Goldie set a new British record by throwing the javelin to 65.05m which made her the first British woman to throw over 65 metres since javelins were redesigned in 1999. The Newmarket record breaker also won five consecutive national titles.

Great Britain's Goldie Sayers during the Women's Javelin during the Aviva London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace, London. DAVID DAVIES/PA WIRE Great Britain's Goldie Sayers during the Women's Javelin during the Aviva London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace, London. DAVID DAVIES/PA WIRE

5. Bill Tancred, Felixstowe

This man has done it all. He is a former double Olympian, a world class discus thrower and an international athletics coach.

And let’s not forget to mention he was awarded an MBE in 1992 for his services in athletics.

Bill also won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in 1974, and a bronze medal four years earlier.

Felixstowe's Bill Tancred. Picture: ARCHANT Felixstowe's Bill Tancred. Picture: ARCHANT

6. Kieron Dyer, Ipswich

Midfielder Kieron certainly knows his way around the football pitch! He kickstarted his career at his home town team Ipswich Town Football Club. From there he progressed to Newcastle United, West Ham United, Queens Park Rangers, Middlesbrough and of course England.

This Suffolk lad has had international football success as well as being a Premier League star.

Kieron Dyer pictured before playing for Ipswich town.  Picture: STEVE WALLER Kieron Dyer pictured before playing for Ipswich town. Picture: STEVE WALLER

7. Karen Pickering, Ipswich

Not many athletes can say they have competed in four consecutive Olympics, but swimming sensation Karen can!

During her 20 year international career, she won 35 major championship medals, 38 national titles, and was four times World Champion.

Karen broke two world records and collected 27 medals in her career, four of those were gold.

Suffolk Athlete Karen Pickering during the Big Deben swim. Picture: GRAHAM HENDERSON Suffolk Athlete Karen Pickering during the Big Deben swim. Picture: GRAHAM HENDERSON

8. Elena Baltacha, Ipswich

The tennis star successfully won 11 ITF single titles, and was a four time winner of the AEGON Awards.

Elena was also a long-term British number one for ten years from 2002 to 2012.

On top of this Elena was ranked as one of the world’s top tennis players, being listed at 49 in 2010.

Ipswich tennis star Elena Baltacha. Picture: PA Ipswich tennis star Elena Baltacha. Picture: PA

9. Dominic King, Colchester

Dominic is a two-time Olympian race walker, a skill we have all wished we had when running for the bus.

This speedy walker’s career started when he was 19. He then competed in the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

Four years on he competed at the Commonwealth Games again and finished sixth place.

Colchester's Dominic King. Picture: SU ANDERSON Colchester's Dominic King. Picture: SU ANDERSON

10. Harry Martin, Ipswich

Hockey mad Harry competed at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the 2011 and 2012 Champions Trophy and the London Olympics.

Harry was the first player involved in England Hockey’s Single System to be selected for an Olympic Games.

He was also shortlisted for the FIH World Young Player of the Year Award in 2012 and competed at his second Olympics in Rio.

England's Harry Martin during their pool game at the XX Commonwealth Games in 2014. Picture: ADY KERRY. England's Harry Martin during their pool game at the XX Commonwealth Games in 2014. Picture: ADY KERRY.

11. Zoe Newson, East Bergholt

Zoe Newson doesn’t let the fact she was born with dwarfism hold her back.

This Suffolk Paralympian excels at powerlifting.

This strong lady got herself a bronze medal at the London 2012 Paralympics and posted a European record at the IPC Powerlifting British Championships.

Zoe Newson was crowned Suffolk Sports Personality of the Year 2016. Picture: KEITH MINDHAM Zoe Newson was crowned Suffolk Sports Personality of the Year 2016. Picture: KEITH MINDHAM

12. Chris Walker-Hebborn, Bury

The backstroke star from Bury competed in the 2016 Olympics and received a silver medal.

He then went on to win two gold medals at the 2017 British Swimming Championships.

Another splash of talent that comes from East Anglia.

LARNACA, CYPRUS - MAY 11:  Chris Walker Hebborn of the British Gas Swimming Team poses for a portrait during the British Swimming training camp on May 11, 2011 in Cyprus, Greece.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Chris Walker Hebborn LARNACA, CYPRUS - MAY 11: Chris Walker Hebborn of the British Gas Swimming Team poses for a portrait during the British Swimming training camp on May 11, 2011 in Cyprus, Greece. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Chris Walker Hebborn

13. Stan Cox, Felixstowe

Another champion runner from East Anglia!

Stan was the British six-mile champion at the 1948 London Olympics, and was one of the two top marathon runners in the world.

The champ returned to the Olympics in 1952 but unfortunately could not complete the event due to the flu.

Former Olympian Stan Cox.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Former Olympian Stan Cox. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

14. Charles Clover, Ipswich.

Charles was a former postman who then went on to break records as a javelin thrower!

This East Anglian star managed to beat the British youth, the European, Commonwealth and Junior records.

At the 1974 British Commonwealth Games, he threw the javelin 84.92m which was his personal best, this record wasn’t beaten until 2015.

15. Sam Lawson, Bury St Edmunds

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Sam Lawson had only been training for four years when she came third place in the 2015 IBFA World Body Building Championships in Rome.

On top of this she was the British champion in the figure category and also came first in IBFA Hampshire’s most toned.

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