Larry Achike competed in the men’s triple jump at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. He qualified for the final and placed seventh.
In 2009, Achike competed in the triple jump at the World Championships in Berlin, he failed to qualify for the final.
Injury has marred the majority of Achike’s career but when fully fit, the former Zambian has demonstrated that he is one of the best athletes in the world at the triple jump.
In 1998, Achike won the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur before making the world finals in 1999 and 2001 and was a fine fifth at the Olympic Games in 2000, where he set his existing lifetime best of 17.30m.
Achike did not hit top form again until 2008, when the Shaftsbury Barnet athlete made a surprising resurgence, jumping 17.20m in June, which gave him qualification for the Olympic Games, where he made the top eight for the second time, finishing seventh in the final.
He had originally played rugby for Sussex U19s and he has a degree in Biomedical Science.