In my genes
Athletics Weekly|March 26, 2020
OUR SERIES ON OLYMPIANS AND THEIR OFFSPRING CONTINUES WITH TRIPLE JUMPERTURNED-CHEF FRANCIS AGYEPONG AND HIS DAUGHTER CASSIOPEIA
FRANCIS AGYEPONG competed for Britain in the triple jump at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and Atlanta Games in 1996. He also won silver at the European Indoor Championships in 1996 and his best mark of 17.18m puts him No.9 on the UK all-time rankings.

Now aged 54, he also competed in the 1993, 1995 and 1997 world championships and works as an executive chef at a Covent Garden restaurant.

Cassiopeia, his daughter, is an actress, singer and theatre writer. The 26-year-old’s debut play, Shuck ‘n’ Jive, co-written with Simone Ibbett-Brown, premiered at Soho Theatre in October 2019 and is published by Oberon Books.

In 2020, she will join the cast of Phantom of the Opera for their UK & Ireland Tour.

Francis Agyepong

AW: When and why did you retire?

FA: In 2000 after the British trials when I was trying to make the team for the Sydney Olympics whilst carrying an injury I had since March 1998 from a meet in Tokyo. I had tried to get fit for the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur but had an operation on my ankle and I just thought after seeing the stadium that things happen for a reason and maybe it was time to retire.

AW: How has the transition been and what do you do now?

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