Jason Gardener MBE

02 May 2011

Sport/Event: Track & field, 60m, 100m, 4×100m

Date and Place of Birth: 1975, Bath

Coached by: Malcolm Arnold

Clubs: Wessex & Bath AC

Occupation: Full-time athlete

Known as the Bath Bullet, Jason’s career high point was leading off the British 4×100m relay quartet of Darren Campbell, Marlon Devonish and Mark Lewis-Francis that struck gold at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

Jason was made an MBE in the 2005 New Year Honours List and became an Honorary Freeman of the City of Bath following that dramatic gold Olympic medal. His other top honours include a gold medal over 60m at the 2004 World Indoor Championships and a hat-trick of 60m European Indoors Championships titles. He also names a Commonwealth Games relay gold medal at Manchester 2002 and a World Championships relay silver medal among his many achievements. His silver at the 1998 European Indoor Championships was his first senior championships medal and in 1999 he became only the third British runner to break the 10-second barrier for 100m, clocking 9.98 seconds in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Jason benefits from training at the state-of-the-art indoor running straight at the University of Bath Sports Training Village.

A back injury prevented him from progressing to the latter stages of the 100m or running in Team England’s 4×100m relay quartet at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

In July 2006 he decided to cut short his season to undergo a wrist operation to solve a problem that has hampered him for the last couple of seasons. However, he aims to be back in action to attempt to win a fourth successive 60m title at the 2007 European Indoor Championships, taking place in Birmingham in March.

Career highlights:

Olympic Games
Gold 4x100m Athens 2004

World Championships
Silver 4x100m Seville 1999
Bronze 4x100m Helsinki 2005

World Indoor Championships
Gold 60m Budapest 2004
Bronze 60m Maebashi 1999
Bronze 60m Birmingham 2003

Commonwealth Games
Gold 4x100m Manchester 2002

European Indoor Championships
Gold 60m Ghent 2000
Gold 60m Vienna 2002
Gold 60m Madrid 2005
Gold 60m Birmingham 2007
Silver 60m Valencia 1998

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