Jemma Simpson

Jemma Louise Simpson (born 10 February 1984, in Plymouth) is a British athlete who competes in the 800 metres and 1500 metres. She is a former British champion over 800m, winning both 2007, 2009 and 2010 British Championships. She is currently coached by Olympic medallist Mark Rowland.

Jemma Simpson
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Personal information
Born (1984-02-10) 10 February 1984 (age 37)
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) [1]
CountryGreat Britain
ClubNewquay & Par
Turned pro2005
Achievements and titles
World finals2007
Olympic finals2008
Personal best(s)800 m 1:58.74 (07/2010)
1500 m 4:06.39 (05/2010)

Early lifeEdit

Simpson attended Mount Charles Junior school, and Penrice School, before receiving a scholarship to Millfield at the age of 13,[2][3] and graduated from St. Mary's College, Twickenham where she studied English and Media.[4]

Simpson has starred as an extra in Neighbours, and The Da Vinci Code.[2]


As a junior athlete, she finished eighth at the 2001 World Youth Championships, fourth at the 2002 World Junior Championships and won a bronze medal at the 2003 European Junior Championships. She also won the gold medal for England at the 2002 Commonwealth Youth Games.[5]

In 2005 Simpson won a silver at the European Cup, despite only competing as a replacement for the injured Kelly Holmes.[6]

Simpson's highlights of the 2006 season were taking sixth place in the 800 metres final at the 2006 Commonwealth Games[7] and finishing second at the British Championships, behind Rebecca Lyne. She finished 2006, being the fifth fastest British athlete over 800 metres, behind Rebecca Lyne, Susan Scott, Amanda Pritchard and Marilyn Okoro.[8]

After an injury plagued winter, missing many indoor championships and training sessions, Simpson made her major comeback at the British Championships, taking the gold medal, and becoming Britain's number 1 over 800 m. She was then selected for the British team for the 800 m at the 2007 World Championships. At the championships, she qualified into the semi-finals, coming second in her heat with a time of 2:00.47 minutes. In the semi-final she finished sixth with a time of 2:00.48 minutes and failed to qualify for the final. Like Simpson fellow British athletes, Marilyn Okoro and Jenny Meadows both failed at the semi-final stage having finished second in their respective heats. She finished eighth at the 2007 World Athletics Final.

At the 2009 World Championships Simpson went out at the semi-final stage of the 800m.[9]

At the start of the 2010 outdoor season, she set a 1500 m personal best of 4:06.39 at a meeting at Occidental College, in the United States.[10] She also improved her 800m personal best to 1:58.74 at the Diamond League event in Monaco on 22 July 2010.[11]

Personal bestsEdit

  • 800 metres - 1:58.74 min (2010)
  • 1500 metres - 4:06.39 min (2010)


  1. ^ "stats". Sports News. Jemma Simpson. Retrieved 27 August 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "". Sports News. Jemma Simpson. Retrieved 27 August 2010. External link in |title= (help)CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Eight OMs in Beijing Olympics". Sports News. Old Millfieldian Society. Archived from the original on 19 June 2009. Retrieved 15 September 2009.
  4. ^ "Jemma Simpson". teamGB. 2008. Retrieved 15 September 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Biography". Melbourne 2006. Archived from the original on 19 June 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "BBC SPORT | Athletics | Simpson receives Melbourne call". BBC News. 8 December 2005. Retrieved 11 August 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Athletics: 800m results
  8. ^ "2006 - UK - WOMEN - ALL AGES - 800 METRES". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  9. ^ Archived 8 September 2009 at WebCite
  10. ^ "BBC Sport - Athletics - Simpson rises up UK 1500m rankings". BBC News. 26 May 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "BBC Sport - Athletics - David Oliver wins hurdles at Monaco Diamond League meet". BBC News. 22 July 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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