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Todd Bennett

Full name: Todd Anthony Bennett
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: July 6, 1962 in Southampton, Southampton, Great Britain
Died: July 16, 2013 in Bartley, Hampshire, Great Britain
Affiliations: Team Solent, Southampton
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Todd Bennett first came to prominence when he won the European Junior Championships 400 m title in 1981. In 1982 he became a member of the Great Britain team at senior level and was part of the team that won the silver medal in the 4×400 metre relay at that year's European Championships and the following year he added another relay medal, a bronze, at the inaugural IAAF World Championships in Helsinki. Bennett was chosen for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic where, after being eliminated in the 2nd round of his individual event, he closed a gap of 15 metres on Nigeria and Australia on the penultimate leg to helped Britain to a silver medal. He also competed in Seoul though without great success. At the Commonwealth Games he helped England take gold in the 4×400 metres in both 1982 and 1986 and at the latter championships also took a surprise second place in the 200 metres ahead of Ben Johnson.

Being of below average stature he was more comfortable than most athletes at running indoors – a situation he used to great effect to become twice European Indoor 400 m champion in 1985 and 1987 and a silver medallist at the World Indoor Games in 1985. In winning his 1st European title he set a new world record of 45.56 seconds.

Injury took its' toll on the latter part of his career and he retired from the track in the early 90s. Bennett became a popular and successful member of the UK Athletics coaching team and worked with the women's senior and junior teams until he was diagnosed with cancer in late 2012.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.46 (1986); 200 – 20.36 (1984); 400 – 45.27 (1988); 400H – 51.5 (1985).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 400 metres Great Britain GBR 5 h3 r2/4
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay Great Britain GBR 2 Silver
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics Men's 400 metres Great Britain GBR 6 h2 r2/4
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay Great Britain GBR 5

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Quarter-Finals Heat Three 5 45.51 6
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Nine 3 QU 46.09 3
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Quarter-Finals Heat Two 6 45.96 2
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat One 1 QU 46.37 2

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) ST
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain GBR Final 2 2:59.13 44,17
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 3:02.98
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Two 1 QU 3:06.10
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics Great Britain GBR Final 5 3:02.00 46,13
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QU 3:04.60
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics Great Britain GBR Round One Heat One 2 QU 3:04.18
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