Great Britain

Athletics in Great Britain
Great Britain has won a healthy number of medals at global championships with a total of 257 (65 golds) and always boasted a number of world-class athletes - both on the track and in field event discplines.

In the 1980s, Britain was blessed with not one or two but three exceptional middle distance athletes - Steve Cram, Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett who, between them, won 7 of the 12 medals available in the 800m and 1500m at the 1980 and 1984 Olympics. Brendan Foster, David Moorcroft (the last non-African to set a 5000m World Record), David Hemery and Kathy Cook were also great names from the past.

More recent heroes include Olympic Champions Sally Gunnell (400m Hurdles), Linford Christie (100m) and Jonathan Edwards (World Record Holder in the Triple Jump).

Magical Moment

When Mo Farah won his second gold at the 2012 Olympics in London it was an incredible achievement for an athlete who has steadily improved in recent years and has now relocated to Oregon, USA. For British athletics to have the dominant force in long distance running in the presence of so many world-class East African athletes in nothing short of phenomenal.

Current Stars
While many of Great Britain's stars have been at top-level for several years, including Jessica Ennis (2012 Olympic Heptathlon Champion), Mo Farah (double Olympic Champion in 2012) and Dai Greene (2011 World Champ over 400m Hurdles), there are a number of promising athletes recently graduated from the junior ranks. Holly Bleasdale (Pole Vault), Jack Green (400mH) and Lawrence Okoye (Discus) are all capable of making their mark in the senior ranks over forthcoming years. Jodie Williams (100m/200m) could be the first Briton to go under 11 secs in the shorter sprint.

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