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Biography

Iwan Thomas Olympic Winner
Iwan is without doubt one of the finest 400m runners that Britain has ever seen. A former European Champion, Commonwealth Champion, World Cup winner and current British Record Holder. A late starter to the world of Athletics, preferring to concentrate on BMX bike riding (ranked fourth in Europe) than to run one lap of the track. However he did start his athletics career in 1992 when he represented the British 4x400m relay team at the World Junior Championships, helping them to 5th place.

In 1993 Iwan attended a 3 year course at West London University studying for a Sports Management degree, where he juggled his studies and training, making excellent progress every year setting 9 Welsh 400m records in the process. In 1994 Iwan went to the Commonwealth Games in Canada where he set another PB and Welsh Record in 45.98 and reached the semi final stage.

Iwan was rewarded for his superb form and was picked to represent the British 4x400m relay team in 1995 at the European Cup which they won. His confidence grew from strength to strength and he was awarded an individual position in the Olympic team for Atlanta. At the age of 22 Iwan had a fantastic games, he came 5th in the final of the 400m and won a silver medal in the 4x400m.

In 1997 Iwan, keen to capitalise on his achievements of the previous year, claimed his first UK Championship title in Birmingham beating Olympic silver medallist Roger Black and setting a new British record. He then went on to win the European Cup 4x400m relay; he came sixth in the World Championships in Athens and won silver in the 4x400m relay. 1998 was a year to remember for Iwan. He launched himself into the season with a number of Grand Prix victories; this was followed by victories in the European Cup and in the 4x400m relay. Iwan then went on to the European Championships in Budapest winning Gold in the 400m and in the 4x400m.

Success at the World Cup in South Africa later in the year was particularly satisfying representing Europe against the other continents of the World. In what must have seemed an endless year, Iwan flew straight to the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur where he became champion of the Commonwealth and bought a bronze medal home for Wales in the 4x400m.

After several years of injuries Iwan battled to a Silver Medal in the Commonwealth Games in 2002.
Current

Since finishing athletics Iwan has become a prominent figure in the media and is also expected that Iwan will be in high demand from the media in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympics.

Recently, Iwan has presented; Channel 4 - Destination 2012, Mccain Track and Field Show and The World Indoor Athletics Trials.

Iwan Thomas Celebrity Masterchef
Iwan Thomas Gadget Show
In 2009 Iwan was runner up on Celebrity Masterchef.

Iwan has appeared on various other shows including;

ITV's prime time show Celebrity Wrestling, MTV, This Morning, Nickelodeon & T4, Celebrity Weakest Link & Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes as Chris Martin from Coldplay, BBC2 's 'The Human Machine' and as a health & fitness expert for 'This Morning', They Think It's All Over, A Question of Sport, Sky One's 'The Match', Soccer AM, CBBC's Dick & Dom & BBC Superstars in 2003 - 07, ITV2's 'Deadline' which he won, Channel 5 'So you think you can be a single parent', Gadget Show, ITV's Beat The Star, Blue Peter, CBBC 'Best of Friends', 'Hole in the wall', sportsround, 5live and much more....

Iwan is sponsored by KSwiss and has modelled for various clothing brands. He rides a Ducati 1098 and lives and trains near Southampton.

Iwan was awarded an MBE in 1999 and had a Madamme Tussauds wax work later that year.
NEWS

BREAKING NEWS.......... Iwan is now officially a World Champion after his Silver medal from the 1997 World Championships has been promoted to Gold after an American athlete admitted to drug taking. Amazing news for Iwan, his team mates and UK Athletics.

check out pickagym.co.uk a new business venture for iwan

TV - On Now:

its been a busy few months presenting super8 athletics and the Nokia triathlon series for channel 4 also been busy talking at great venues including paris and next week travel to the european athletics championships.

TV - Coming Soon:

started work on a new Paralympic show for channel 4 which is great fun and will air in august and last week filmed a new cookery show with Simon Rimmer which was a great experience

Events:

Virgin London Marathon 2010 I ran the Virgin London Marathon this year. I had trained fairly hard but unfortunately didn't beat last year's time of 3hrs 58 min.

will be taking part in the london triathlon next week which will be tough but cant wait.

As an ambassador for Macmillan Cancer Support, I will be taking part in their Great Run Series, and you can catch me running this year's Great Manchester, Great South and Great North. I am very proud to be associated with the charity.

Visit www.macmillan.org.uk

For all other news etc keep in touch and follow me on twitter@iwanrunner
Medal record
Men's athletics
Olympic Games
Silver 1996 Atlanta 4x400 m relay
World Championships
Gold 1997 Athens 4x400 m relay
European Championships
Gold 1998 Budapest 400 m
Gold 1998 Budapest 4x400 m relay
EAA European Cup
Gold 1995 4x400 m relay
Gold 1997 4x400 m relay
Commonwealth Games
Gold 1998 Kuala Lumpur 400 m
Bronze 1998 Kuala Lumpur 4x400 m
Silver 2002 Manchester 4x400 m
IAAF World Cup
Gold 1998 Johannesburg 400 m
Silver 1998 Johannesburg 4x400 m
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Iwan Thomas K-SwissDucati

Iwan is sponsored by KSwiss and has modelled for various clothing brands and rides a Ducati 1098

AWARDS

1996 BBC Welsh Sports Personality of the Year (Runner Up)
1997 BBC South Sports Personality of the Year

National Athletics Sports Writers - Athlete of the Year

National Hairdressing Association - Head of the Year
1998 BBC Welsh Sports Personality of the Year

BBC National Sports Personality of the Year (Runner Up)

BBC South Sports Personality of the Year

National Athletics Sports Writers - Athlete of the Year

Sports Writers Sportsman of the Year

Athletes Athlete of the Year
1999 Madame Tussauds Wax Work

Awarded MBE at Buckingham Palace

Current - Hall of Fame Wales
GUEST SPEAKING

Whether you are looking to host an awards ceremony, business seminar or inspire people to reach their full potential Iwan's engaging nature, approachable manner and experience make him perfect for the job.

Speaking in a relaxed yet confident style Iwan can connect with a wide range of audiences and base his sporting career to meet your objectives.

Key issues addressed include:-
- Self Belief
- Setting Realistic Goals
- Adapting to change
- Promoting Success
- How to deal with setbacks

Testimonials

Heathrow Graduation Ceremony 2010

Iwan was great to work with and worked around our agenda in a professional manner. He was a fantastic speaker, motivating, inspiring and engaging. He spoke with conviction and passion and was the ideal speaker for our event.

The feedback from all that attended was fantastic and he also accommodated all that requested photos and autographs. We would definitely recommend him as a guest speaker in the future. Well done great job - Thank you!

Karima Sakhi - Retail Academy Manager, BAA Heathrow Airport


"a warm friendly person taking time to speak to everyone. Witty and Entertaining speech under difficult conditions (technical problems) carried on regardless, Fantastic!!"

England Athletics East Midlands Team


"The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation are pleased to have worked with Iwan Thomas MBE on the KICKZ Olympics, one of a core range of intervention programmes working with young people aged 16 - 19.We have found Iwan's keynote speech to be inspirational and informative to all of the young people and staff who were in attendance. Iwan's journey is one that a lot of young people can relate to in terms of determination, dedication and desire, and we look forward to working with him again in the future".

Gary Broadhurst - Community Development Manager, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation


"Iwan has been a long term supporter of the OCS Young Sports Person of the Year Awards, presenting awards, providing video clips, interviewing and inspiring our finalists. Iwan is able to communicate his passion in an engaging and enthusiastic manner."

Chris Cracknell - CEO - OCS


"Iwan has been a member of The Caravan Club for several years and has also worked with us on several occasions. Each time he has been consummately professional and he always has a smile on his face and he takes the time to talk to people. He is an exceptionally inspirational character and his presentations are always highly motivating. We are delighted to have been able to work with Iwan and we look forward to doing so again in the future."

Nikki Nichol MCIPR - Head of PR - The Caravan Club


Ian Thomas spoke at our sports dinner on Friday 21st May 2010. He was an excellent speaker and the two short film clips he played complemented his talk brilliantly. The comments received from attendees have ranged from "first class" to "the best speaker so far"

Iwan supported his talk with the best question and answer session we've ever had. His story came from the heart and we all had a fantastic insight into his training, the highs and lows and what truly makes a World Champion.

What a marvellous person ...What a marvellous evening... no better words to describe it other than ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT.

Roger Stephens - Secretary - Five Roads Sporting Association

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