Harry Leslie Aikines-Aryeetey (born 29 August 1988) is an English sprinter. A prodigious junior runner, in 2005 he was named as the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year and the IAAF's Rising Star of the Year after becoming the first athlete to win gold medals at both 100 metres and 200 metres at the World Youth Championships.
Harry Aikines-Aryeetey at the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games in 2013
|Born||29 August 1988|
Carshalton, Sutton, England
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||87 kg (192 lb)|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||100m: 10.08|
A relay medalist as a senior for Great Britain at the 2009 World Championships, the 2014 IAAF World Relays and, representing England, at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Aikines-Aryeetey won his first senior individual medal, a bronze, in the 100 metres at the 2014 European Athletics Championships. At the same championships he earned his first senior title as part of the Great Britain team that won gold in the men's 4 x 100 metres relay.
On 11 June 2006, aged 17, he competed in the 100 m at Gateshead in which Asafa Powell equalled the world record of 9.77 s. On 16 August 2006, he won the gold in the 100 m at the 2006 World Junior Championships in Athletics, held in Beijing, China, setting a season's best 10.37 s.
He was advised not to run in 2007 due to minor fractures in the spine that could affect later development. After an eleven-month recuperation period, he returned to action in 2008 with a 60 metres personal best of 6.59 s in France to signal a return to form.
Aikines-Aryeetey was selected for Team GB at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics. As part of the men's 4 × 100 m relay team with Simeon Williamson, Tyrone Edgar and Marlon Devonish, he took bronze in Berlin with a season's best of 38.02 seconds. In 2009 Harry became a Lucozade Sport Ambassador.
During the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, Aikines-Aryeetey had to pull out of his semi-final after qualifying third in his first-round heat due to injury. He then returned in August but was not up to full fitness and then took months to regain it for the 2011 season. In the 2011 indoor season, Aikines-Aryeetey returned to some kind of form, finishing second in the UK indoor championships and European Trials. After having qualified, he again was restrained in his heat by injury running 6.94. However, he ran a 200m personal best of 20.46 in La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland in July. He went on to win the UK championships in Birmingham and qualified for the IAAF World Championships in Daegu with a time of 10.14.
Aikines-Aryeetey won his first senior individual medal in the final of the 2014 European Championships in Zurich where he finished third in a time of 10.22 seconds.In 2018 he was part of the relay team that took gold at both the commenwealth games and also the European championships.
In 2015 he went to his 4th World championships in Beijing competing in the 4x100m. An event which he also competed in the Rio 2016 Olympic games (his first Olympics). And in 2018 he also won gold in the 4x100m at the Berlin European championships (his 3rd Europeans).
|60 metres||6.55 s||Birmingham, United Kingdom||13 February 2010|
|100 metres||10.08 s||Birmingham, United Kingdom||13 July 2013|
|200 metres||20.46 s||La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland||3 July 2011|
- Historic Double for Harry Aikines Aryeetey highlight of last day of the IAAF/Maroc Telecom World Youth Championships. IAAF (17 July 2005). Retrieved 8 October 2019.
- A rising star. BBC Sport (30 January 2006). Retrieved 22 February 2009.
- Britain's sprinting star. The Guardian (10 January 2009). Retrieved 22 February 2009.