Judy Oakes
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Judy Oakes

Judy Oakes
Personal information
Born (1958-02-14) 14 February 1958 (age 62)
Lewisham, Greater London

Judith Miriam Oakes (born 14 February 1958 in Lewisham, Greater London) is a female retired English shot putter.

Athletics career

Oakes represented Great Britain in the 1984 Summer Olympics, 1988 Summer Olympics, 1996 Summer Olympics and 2000 Summer Olympics.[1]

Oakes competed in six consecutive Commonwealth Games from 1978 until 1998 and won a medal at every one of them.[2] She represented England and won a bronze medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.[3] Four years later she represented England and won a gold medal, at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[4] A further four years later she represented England and won a silver medal, at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland.[5] The fourth appearance and medal came in 1990 when she represented England and won another silver, at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland, New Zealand.[6] The fifth and sixth medals were a both gold medals at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria and the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.

Her personal best put was 19.36 metres, achieved in August 1988 in Gateshead. This is still the British record.[7]

Powerlifting career

She was World Champion in Powerlifting three times, and European Champion eight times. Her last British Record (a Squat of 202½kg in the 75 kg bodyweight class set in February 1989) lasted until June 2008, when Marie Thornton squatted 215 kg.[8]


She was given an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 1999.[9]

Achievements in athletics

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Great Britain and  England
1978 Commonwealth Games Edmonton, Canada 3rd 16.14 m
1979 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 3rd 15.66 m
1982 Commonwealth Games Brisbane, Australia 1st 17.92 m
1983 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 12th 17.52 m
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 4th 18.14 m
1985 European Indoor Championships Piraeus, Greece 6th 17.83 m
1986 Commonwealth Games Edinburgh, United Kingdom 2nd 18.75 m
European Championships Stuttgart, West Germany 14th 17.85 m
1987 European Indoor Championships Liévin, France 6th 18.14 m
World Indoor Championships Indianapolis, United States 9th 17.85 m
World Championships Rome, Italy 15th (q) 18.43 m
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 16th (q) 18.34 m
1990 Commonwealth Games Auckland, New Zealand 2nd 18.43 m
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 14th (q) 17.81 m
1994 Commonwealth Games Victoria, Canada 1st 18.16 m
1995 World Indoor Championships Barcelona, Spain 8th 17.77 m
World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 13th (q) 17.87 m
1996 European Indoor Championships Stockholm, Sweden 4th 18.72 m
Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 11th 18.34 m
1997 World Indoor Championships Paris, France 10th 17.51 m
World Championships Athens, Greece 14th (q) 17.84 m
1998 European Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 6th 18.42 m
Goodwill Games Uniondale, United States 6th 18.12 m
Commonwealth Games Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1st 18.83 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 13th (q) 17.81 m


  1. ^ "Olympic Profile". Sports Reference.
  2. ^ "Athletes and results". Commonwealth Games Federation.
  3. ^ "1978 Athletes". Team England.
  4. ^ "1982 Athletes". Team England.
  5. ^ "1986 Athletes". Team England.
  6. ^ "1990 Athletes". Team England.
  7. ^ UK All-Time Lists: Women - Throws - GBR Athletics
  8. ^ British Powerlifting News[permanent dead link] - British Weight Lifters
  9. ^ "People's champions knighted". BBC News. 31 December 1999. Retrieved 2007.

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