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Chris Lai (4 October 1962) is a former Dutch athlete, who competed mainly in the pole vault. He was five times Dutch champion on this discipline and broke the Dutch recordseveral times. His last record dates back to 1986 with a height of 5.50 m. This record remained for eight years, until it was matched by Christian Tamminga, and it eventually broke and in 1995 to 5.51 tilde.

Career[Edit]Edit

Laila was also a strong sprinter, witness the silver medal he won at the 100 m of the NK in 1986. He finished in 10.65 s behind the Dutch champion of that year Achmed the Bowl in 10.49.

Lai had to because of a chronic ankle injury on relatively youthful age with the top sport stop. He was a member of the athletics associations Hague Athletics and Sparta.

In 1995 he gained his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign by his biochemistry research into regulating glutathione. [1]

Chris Lake is currently professor of biochemistry at the University of Florida in Gainesville and gives polsstokhoogtraining as a volunteer to the women of the same University. On 4 July 2003 he could not resist the temptation and did again during a visit to Netherlands participated in the Dutch championship. With a jump of 4.60Amsterdam came in fifth place. The 40-year-old athlete was satisfied after his performance, especially near wanted to see how Rens BlomChristian Tamminga and Laurens Looije demonstrated. He was speaking after the high jumping pole vault which he trains on the University: "They were keen that I competed in the NK. Well, it's not against cases. Fifth in a country with 15 million inhabitants, I can at they arrive.". [2]

Dutch Championships[Edit]Edit

Outdoor
Part Year
pole vault 1984, 1986, 1990
Indoor
Part Year
pole vault 1982, 1983

Personal records[Edit]Edit

Outdoor
Part Performance Date Place
100 m 10.58 s March 23, 1986 Tempe
pole vault 5,50 m 15 August 1986 Hechtel
Indoor
Part Performance Date Place
pole vault 5.38 m 14 March 1986 Oklahoma City

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