Iwan Thomas is the current UK record holder at 400 meters with a time of 44.36 seconds. His best year was definitely 1998 where he won the gold at all 3 major “championship meets” that year, notably the IAAF World Cup, European Championships and Commonwealth Games.
He also won a silver medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics 4×400 m relay, and 1997 World Championships 4×400 m relay in Athens.
In Athens, the UK team finished second by 0.18 seconds to the United States in a closely contested battle where the Americans usually annihilate the rest of the world.
However, in 2008, US team member Antonio Pettigrew, who ran the second leg of the final, admitted to steriod use. As of 2008, the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) statute of limitations for retroactive changes is eight years after the event. Pettigrew has since returned his medals, but the UK squad has not moved up a notch to the Gold.
In this podcast, he goes in detail about his training methods, speed, speed endurance, and focus. The UK concept of teamwork and unity is clearly shown in their approach to the 4×400 meter team relay.
It’s always interesting to see how world class quarter milers train and race, from weight training to race strategy.
His official website is www.iwanthomas.co.uk
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- Iwan Thomas, MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire)
- 400 meter British Record Holder and 4 x 400m Olympic Silver Medalist
- Interview Date: October 20, 2006
- Duration: 40:26 mins
- File Size: 37MB