Iwan Thomas MBE

Iwan Thomas MBE

Olympic 4x400m Silver Medallist

Synopsis

The British 400m record holder and Olympic silver medallist started life as a BMX champion and England Schools rugby player. Shortly after choosing an athletics career he broke Seb Coe’s 400m student record, going on to win gold at the Commonwealth Games, European Championships and the World Cup. Iwan highlights the importance of good role models, praising Usain Bolt for the enjoyment and charisma he brings to the sport.

Biography

Iwan Thomas is the British 400m record holder and Olympic silver medallist. A former BMX champion and England Schools rugby player, he came to athletics late. In his first meet he won the 100m, 200m and 400m races, as well as the long jump and high jump; shortly afterwards he equalled Seb Coe's middle distance student record.

Iwan quickly rose through the ranks and established himself as the leading British competitor. He won silver in the 4x400m relay at Atlanta and came fifth in the individual final. Then, after breaking Roger Black's long-standing record, Iwan went on to win three individual gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, the European Championships and the World Cup.

Iwan’s presentation recounts his journey from schoolboy to Olympic rostrum, including clips from a BBC documentary examining his career. He also highlights the importance of good role models, praising Usain Bolt as a showman bringing enjoyment and charisma to the sport.

Iwan Thomas is an ambassador for Aviva Startrack, the grassroots athletics programme that aims to unearth and develop major new talent.

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