Full name: Todd Anthony Bennett
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: Great Britain
Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)
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).
|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|
|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|
|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|