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 4Ã400 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 4Ã400 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 â 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 â 10.46 (1986); 200 â 20.36 (1984); 400 â 45.27 (1988); 400H â 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 Ã 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 Ã 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|