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Lee McConnell

Full name: Lee McConnell
Gender: Female
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
Weight: 139 lbs (63 kg)
Born: October 9, 1978 in Glasgow, Glasgow City, Great Britain
Affiliations: Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers, London (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Although she had dabbled in sprinting, Lee McConnell was a high jump specialist with a very respectable personal best of 1.88 m until 2001 when she was persuaded to move to 400 metre running. In her first season concentrating on the one-lap race she made the British team for the 2001 World Championship and was a finalist as part of the 4 x 400 relay team. She continued her rise in 2002 by becoming AAA Champion and winning medals at both the European Championships (bronze) and Commonwealth Games (silver), in what was for her a breakthrough season. McConnell’s career plateaued from then on and, although she was part of a bronze medal winning relay team at the 2005 World Championships, she decided to switch to the 400 intermediate hurdles. The three seasons she spent as a hurdler could be described as erratic and, whilst she did win a medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, she abandoned the event to return to the flat 400 permanently in 2008. Since then her best performances have been to reach the semi-finals of the 2008 Olympics and 2011 World Championships. In relay racing she won a bronze at the 2010 European Championships and a silver at the 2011 European Indoor Championships. In February 2010 the IAAF announced that American Crystal Cox had her results annulled, due to an admission of doping, for the period including the 2004 Olympics. Cox ran in the heats of the 4 x 400 m relay in Athens and IAAF rules state that in these circumstances Cox’s team has to be disqualified. The second anniversary of this announcement passed in early 2012 with no decision having been made as to the reallocation of medals. If the USA lose their gold medals McConnell is in line to inherit an Olympic bronze medal.

Personal Best: 400 – 50.82 (2002).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2004 Summer 25 Athina Athletics Women's 400 metres Great Britain GBR 8 h3 r2/3
2004 Summer 25 Athina Athletics Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay Great Britain GBR 4
2008 Summer 29 Beijing Athletics Women's 400 metres Great Britain GBR 6 h2 r2/3
2012 Summer 33 London Athletics Women's 400 metres Great Britain GBR 7 h3 r2/3
2012 Summer 33 London Athletics Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay Great Britain GBR 5

Women's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT L
2004 Summer 25 Athina Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Three 8 52.63 0.263 3
2004 Summer 25 Athina Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat One 2 QU 51.19 0.249 5
2008 Summer 29 Beijing Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Two 6 52.11 0.243 3
2008 Summer 29 Beijing Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Three 3 QU 51.87 0.240 5
2012 Summer 33 London Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Three 7 52.24 0.219
2012 Summer 33 London Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Five 3 Q 52.23 0.222

Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT
2004 Summer 25 Athina Athletics Great Britain GBR Final 4 3:25.12 50.31
2004 Summer 25 Athina Athletics Great Britain GBR Round One Heat One 4 QC 3:26.99 50.59
2012 Summer 33 London Athletics Great Britain GBR Final 5
2012 Summer 33 London Athletics Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Two 3