CJ Ujah
Chijindu Ujah in 2013
Personal information
Birth nameChijindu Ujah
NationalityBritish
Born (1994-03-05) 5 March 1994 (age 27)
Ponders End, Enfield, London, United Kingdom
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) [1]
Weight75 kg (165 lb) [1]
Sport
Country Great Britain
 England
SportMen's athletics
Event(s)Sprints
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)100 m: 9.96 (Hengelo 2014)

Chijindu "CJ" Ujah (born 5 March 1994) is British athlete, specialising as a sprinter. The lead-off runner of the Great Britain 4 × 100 metre relay team that won both the World title in 2017 and the European title in 2016 and 2018, he also won the title in the 100 metres at the 2017 Diamond League final. Having won a silver medal at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, he was suspended after doping tests found two prohibited substances.

Early life and education

Chijindu Ujah was born in Enfield, London, into a family who are originally from Nigeria. He grew up in Enfield and has one older sibling. He attended St. Matthew's CE Primary School and Bishop Stopford's School alongside his brother. Chijindu went on to study at Sir George Monoux College, a sixth form college in Walthamstow, where he took up Science and Maths. He studied Exercise Science at Middlesex University in London.[2]

Career

Ujah is the fifth British sprinter to break 10 seconds for the 100 metres, and the youngest to do so, as of June 2014 he is ranked first on the all-time European under-20 list, and third on both the all-time British list and the all-time European under-23 list for the event with a fastest time of 9.96 (with a +1.4 tailwind), achieved at Hengelo, Netherlands on 8 June 2014.[3]

He is coached by Jonas Tawiah-Dodoo.

In 2013, he became the European Junior Champion in the 100 m.

At youth level, Ujah won the silver medal over 100 metres at the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games[4] He also finished 8th in the IAAF World Youth Games 100 m. In 2012, he came 6th in the IAAF World Junior Championships 100 m.[5]

On 14 February 2015, Chijindu Ujah won the Sainsbury's Indoor British Championships 60 m with a time of 6.57 seconds.[6]

At the 2016 Summer Olympics from Rio de Janeiro, he failed to make the final of the 100 metres by 0.01 seconds.

He ran the first leg in the 4 × 100 metres relay for Great Britain, the gold medal winning team at the 2017 World Championships in London on 12 August. Two weeks later, he won his first global individual title, winning the 2017 IAAF Diamond League title over 100 metres in 9.97 seconds.

At the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, he won a silver medal for the 4x100 men's relay event. He was later provisionally suspended for an alleged doping violation after his doping test showed the presence of a prohibited substance S-23 and Enobosarm.[7][8] On 14 September 2021 it was announced that his 'B' sample tested had also positive, confirming the initial test and "almost certainly" resulting in the relay team being disqualified and losing their medals.[9]

References

  1. ^ a b "Chijindu Ujah". Eurosport. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Athletics UJAH Chijindu - Tokyo 2020". olympics.com. The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. 2020.
  3. ^ "Britain's Chijindu Ujah dips under 10-second barrier". www.telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 21 August 2021.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 July 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Athlete Profile". www.thepowerof10.info. Retrieved 21 August 2021.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 January 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "GB's Ujah suspended after positive test". BBC Sport. 12 August 2021. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  8. ^ "Britain's Ujah suspended for doping violation at Olympics - TSN.ca". TSN. Associated Press. 12 August 2021. Retrieved 13 August 2021.
  9. ^ "British Olympic 4x100m relay silver medallist's 'B' sample positive". BBC News. 14 September 2021. Retrieved 14 September 2021.