George Kitchens
Personal information
Born (1983-01-30) January 30, 1983 (age 40)
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb)
Sport
Country United States
SportTrack and field
EventLong jump
Coached byKareem Streete-Thompson[1]
Retired2015
Achievements and titles
Personal bestLong jump: 8.21 m (2012)
Updated on 6 April 2021.

George Kitchens (born January 30, 1983) is an American track and field athlete who competes in the long jump. He has a personal record of 8.23 meters (27 ft 0 in) for the event and was a member of the United States 2012 Olympics team. He was the American national champion in 2013 and represented his country at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics.

Career

Kitchens was raised in Hephzibah, Georgia. While attending Glenn Hills High School in Augusta, Georgia, he won the long jump at the 2001 national high school championships. He went on to study at Clemson University and competed for the Clemson Tigers track team. In his second year at the institution he earned All-America honours at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, was the NCAA East Regional champion, and competed at the 2003 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He cleared a personal record of 7.89 meters at the Georgia Tech Invitational meet in June 2003. Kitchens earned NCAA Outdoor and Indoor All-America honours in his final year, and also managed to finish runner-up at the NCAA East Regionals after winning the Atlantic Coast Conference outdoor long jump title.[2]

Kitchens ranked top ten in the long jump at both the American indoor and outdoor championships in his first year as a professional in 2006. He competed sparingly in the 2007 and 2008 seasons. He re-emerged in 2009 with a fourth-place finish at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships,[3] followed by a podium finish at the USA Outdoors, taking third with a mark of 8.23 m. Typically this would have gained him a spot for the World Championships squad, but because the mark was wind-aided and he did not possess the "A" qualifying standard, he did not get called up.[4] He began to compete in Europe for the first time that year and set a new best of 7.98 m at a meeting in Salamanca, Spain.[5] He failed to build on this in 2010 and he finished out of the top ten at the USA Outdoors with his season's best mark of 7.64 m.[3]

He started the 2012 season strongly at the Georgia Relays, winning with a wind-assisted jump of 8.27 m and setting a wind-legal personal record of 8.14 m.[6] He placed third at the Colorful Daegu Meeting and the Adidas Grand Prix meet in New York City.[3] He earned his first ever national selection at the 2012 United States Olympic Trials, where his personal best clearance of 8.21 m was enough for third place in the long jump.[4] He failed to match this form at the 2012 Summer Olympics, clearing only 6.84 m in the qualifying round to finish 39th overall.[7]

The following year he won his first and only national title at the 2013 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, recording a wind-assisted mark of 8.23 m. He set his season's best two weeks later in Chula Vista with a winning jump of 8.17 m. He again failed to take his form into international competition and was eliminated in the qualifying at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics with a jump of 7.75 m. After making a limited number of appearances in 2014 and 2015, he retired from competitive athletics.[7]

Following his retirement Kitchens was arrested for aggravated assault and gun threats against his mother and sister in June 2016, after making demands for money. Kitchens had suffered violence as a child including being shot in the chest and arm at the age of 12 in an attack in which his sister was also paralyzed.[8][9]

International competitions

Representing the  United States
Year Competition Venue Position Event Result Notes
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 39th (q) Long jump 6.84 m
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 20th (q) Long jump 7.75 m

National titles

References

  1. ^ George Kitchens. USATF. Retrieved 2021-04-06.
  2. ^ Kitchens George[permanent dead link]. Clemson Tigers. Retrieved on 2012-06-26.
  3. ^ a b c George Kitchens. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 2012-06-26.
  4. ^ a b Gordon, Ed (2012-06-25). The men’s dash captivates as usual - US Olympic Trials, Day 3. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-06-26.
  5. ^ Kitchens George. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-06-26.
  6. ^ Spearmon Named USATF Athlete of the Week. USATF (2012-03-27). Retrieved on 2012-06-26.
  7. ^ a b George Kitchens. World Athletics. Retrieved 2021-04-06.
  8. ^ UPDATE | Former Olympian indicted on assault, gun, terroristic threat charges. WRDW (2016-06-20). Retrieved 2021-04-06.
  9. ^ SWAT and hostage negotiators called to man barricaded in home; man now in police custody. WJBF (2016-06-20). Retrieved 2021-04-06.