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Jamie Baulch
Personal information
Full nameJames Stephen Baulch
NationalityBritish
Born (1973-05-03) 3 May 1973 (age 49)
Nottingham, England
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Sport
SportRunning
Event(s)200 metres, 400 metres, 4x400 metres

James Stephen Baulch (born 3 May 1973) is a retired Welsh sprint athlete and television presenter. He won the 400 metres gold medal at the 1999 World Indoor Championships. As a member of British 4 × 400 metres relay teams, he won a gold medal at the 1997 World Championships, and silver medal at the 1996 Olympic Games. He represented Wales at the Commonwealth Games where he won an individual silver and a bronze medal in the 4 × 400 m relay.

Athletics career

Early career

Baulch made his debut for the GB & NI team at a Junior International in Salamanca, Spain, in 1991, winning the 200m and breaking the Welsh record in that race. Baulch then changed his distance preference becoming a 400 metres specialist. Baulch particularly excelled at running the distance indoors (where races are usually run on 200m tracks rather than outdoor tracks which are 400m long). He won the 400m gold medal at the World Indoor Championships in 1999, and also claimed silver and bronze medals at the event in 1997 and 2003.

In 1993 Baulch ran a Welsh record 46.50 at Sheffield in his first individual race at the distance since 1990,[citation needed] and he made a breakthrough in 1995 when he progressed to 45.14.

1996-99

In 1996 Baulch ran a 44.19 second leg for Britain's Olympic silver medal team that set a European record,[citation needed] and set his fifth Welsh record with 44.57.[citation needed]

Baulch was a member of the British 4 × 400 m relay team which finished second in the 1997 World Championships. However, on 7 January 2010, it was announced the British team were to be awarded the gold medal as they were beaten by a United States team which included Antonio Pettigrew, who subsequently admitted to having taken performance-enhancing drugs, thus disqualifying the US team.[1] Baulch received his World Championship gold medal in May 2010 and, although he was happy, he said: "It would have been great to have been in front of 80,000 people up on the rostrum...nothing can replace that. This is a second best unfortunately, but it's nice to be recognised".[2]

In 1997 he set Welsh indoor records at 46.36 and 46.13 before breaking Todd Bennett's 12-year-old UK and Commonwealth indoor record of 45.56 with 45.39 at the UK Trials and then took the World Indoor silver behind Sunday Bada (Nigeria). Later he made the World final outdoors with a season's best 44.69 in the semis and ran a 44.08 third leg on the British silver-medal relay team.[citation needed]

In 1999 he won all of his five competitions at 400m,[citation needed] including taking the gold medal at the World Indoor Championships in Maebashi, Japan[citation needed] and running a best time of 45.60 in Birmingham.

Outdoors he had a best of 44.82 in Lausanne, which he followed with a clear win at the AAAs in 45.36. At the World Championships he had four individual runs in the low-45s, again making the final, and ran a 44.24 anchor leg for the British team that went out in the heats of the 4 × 400 m.

2000-03

In 2000 Baulch won over 400m at the European Cup and had a season's best of 45.06, but had a disappointing Olympic Games, going out in the heats of the 400m in 46.52, although producing a final leg of 44.65 to ensure that Britain made the final of the relay.[citation needed]

Baulch was selected as captain of the British team at the 2001 World Indoors, but had to withdraw through injury and struggled for form in the summer, with a season's best of 46.15 in the heats at Edmonton, where he ran an encouraging 44.4 second leg for the British team in the final of the World 4 × 400 m. With an individual best of 46.01, he was again seen to best effect in relays in 2002, with a third leg of 45.1 to help Britain to victory in the European Cup 4 × 400 m and a third leg of 44.5 for the Welsh team that took the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in a race against England.

He came back to form in 2003 with two bronze medals at the World Indoors,[citation needed] when he ran 45.99 to share the individual bronze medal with Paul McKee and in the relay. He ran a solid third leg for the British 4 × 400 m team at the European Cup, but had a disappointing outdoor season with a best of 46.43.

Change of coach

Baulch left coach Linford Christie in a bid to revive his athletics career, moving to Atlanta with new trainer Innocent Egbunike of Nigeria,[citation needed] a 4 × 400 m bronze medallist at the 1984 Olympics and a silver medallist in the individual 400m at the world championships in 1987.

Media career

In 1999 and 2000, Baulch hosted the British children's series Energize! He has also appeared on A Question of Sport, and finished third in the BBC programme Superstars in 2003.[citation needed] He was a trainee ranger in Safari School, broadcast in January–February 2007,[citation needed] and competed in Celebrity Mastermind in 2014.[citation needed] His specialist subject was the musician, Prince.[citation needed] Baulch became part of a circus act on Cirque de celebrite.[citation needed]

An Olympic special of Dancing on Ice aired in July 2012, before the London 2012 Summer Olympics. It featured medal-winning Olympic athletes, including Baulch.[citation needed]

Post-Athletics and business ventures

After his retirement from athletics in 2005 Baulch set up several different businesses including Definitive, a sports management company and sports memorabilia company Authentic Sports. Baulch also launched fundraising platform uWin,[3] and silent auction hosting company, BidAid.[4]

Baulch is part-owner of fashion brand Crow & Jester.[citation needed] Baulch is also known[by whom?] to be actively involved with Jaguar Cars.[citation needed] From 2009- 2015 Jamie was an Ambassador for the Jaguar Academy of Sport,[citation needed] playing a key role in mentoring the next generation of British sporting talent.

Jamie heads up The "21 Day ShapeUp by the Family" online challenge.[citation needed]

Baulch also became a squad member for the Welsh touch rugby team in 2010 which won the European cup later that year.[citation needed]

Charity work

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Trampolining

Baulch excelled as a trampolinist in his youth, and won a silver medal at the Welsh Schools Trampoline Championship in 1991.

Family and personal life

Baulch was born in Nottingham, but raised by adoptive parents in Risca, near Newport, Wales.[5][failed verification][6] Baulch is mixed race, his biological parents being a white English mother and a black Jamaican father. In 2014 Baulch made a TV documentary for the BBC, Being Jamie Baulch: Looking for My Birth Mum, where he tracked down and was reunited with his birth mother.[6] He then made a follow-up documentary for the BBC, Being Jamie Baulch: The Search for My Birth Dad, in 2016.

Achievements

Personal outdoor bests

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
100 metres 10.51 Cardiff 22 July 1995
200 metres 20.84 Victoria 24 August 1994
300 metres 32.06 Cardiff 31 May 1997
400 metres 44.57 Lausanne 3 July 1996

Personal indoor bests

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
60 metres 6.76 Birmingham 22 January 1995
200 metres 20.84 Birmingham 26 January 1997
400 metres 45.39 Birmingham 9 February 1997

Medals

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
1992 World Junior Championships Seoul, South Korea 1st 4 x 100 m
1994 World Cup London, England 1st 4 x 400 m
1996 Summer Olympics Atlanta, United States 2nd 4 x 400 m European record
1997 World Indoor Championships Paris, France 2nd 400 m
World Championships Athens, Greece 1st 4 x 400 m
1998 European Championships Budapest, Hungary 1st 4 x 400 m
Commonwealth Games Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 3rd 4 x 400 m
World Cup Johannesburg, South Africa 2nd 4 x 400 m
1999 World Indoor Championships Maebashi, Japan 1st 400 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 5th 4 x 400 m
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 1st 4 x 400 m
Commonwealth Games Manchester, England 2nd 4 x 400 m
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, England 3rd 400 m tied

References

  1. ^ "GB relay heroes finally honoured". BBC Sport. 7 January 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Welsh athletes Baulch and Thomas finally hold the gold". BBC Sport. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2010.
  3. ^ Moses, Abigail (4 November 2020). "The Magic Touch: uWin Breaks Records with Harry Potter Quiz Raffle". iGaming News. Retrieved 20 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Jamie Baulch launches BidAid – A new Fundraising Resource for Charities". Cardiff Times. 9 March 2018. Retrieved 20 January 2022.
  5. ^ "Gwent athlete, Jamie Baulch to challenge racehorse over 100 metres". South Wales Argus. Newsquest Media Group. 5 June 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2022.
  6. ^ a b "Olympian Jamie Baulch's search for birth mother". BBC News. 8 October 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2014.