Leon Baptiste

Leon Baptiste Athletics

200m Commonwealth Champion 2010
4x100m Commonwealth Champion 2010
200m UK Indoor Champion

100m European Junior Champion
4x100m European Junior Champion
200m UK AAA Junior Champs x3
Junior male athlete of the year

Leon began his early sport career in football but after sustaining a ligament injury at the age of just 14 he decided to concentrate on sprinting and has never looked back.

At 18 years old Leon won the gold medal in the100m at the European Junior Champs in Finland and also anchored the 4x100m relay team to victory. As a result he was named junior male athlete of the year by the British Athletics Writers Association.

Leon won the 200m title for 3 years in a row at the annual UK AAA Junior Champs in 2002, 2003 and 2004. The 100m title he won twice in 2003 and 2004.

Leon then began to concentrate his time on running the 200m and finished 6th in the 2007 European Atheltics U23 Champs and the following year went onto set a 200m best of 20.76sec and take 3rd palce in the British Olympic Trials.

Baptiste won consecutive UK indoor titles over 200m in 2009 and 2010 and recoded an indoor PB of 20.90sec to become the 3rd fastest European that year.

Leon then went onto win the gold medal in the 200m at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, ensuring England’s first sprint gold at the Games for 12 years since Julian Golding in 1998. Later in the Games Leon picked up his 2nd gold competed as part of the English 4x100m relay team. Leon was part of the English team also comprising of Ryan Scott, Mark Lewis-Francis and Marlon Devonish that won gold in a time of 38.75seconds pipping the Jamaicans to the win.

Leon competes domestically for Enfield and Haringey athletics club and is coached at Loughborough University by Michael Khmel.