Dan Robinson (athlete)

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Dan Robinson
20091018 Dan Robinson Amsterdam Marathon.jpg
Medal record
Men's athletics
Competitor for
 Great Britain and  England
Commonwealth Games
Bronze 2006 Melbourne Marathon

Daniel ("Dan") Stephen Robinson (born 13 January 1975, Cheltenham) is an English long-distance runner who specialises in the marathon. He represented Great Britain in the marathon at the 2004 Athens Olympics and the 2008 Beijing Games.

He won the bronze medal in the marathon race at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. However, David Bedford (director of the London Marathon) criticised male British runners for not training hard enough and falling behind their foreign counterparts. Robinson disputed this claim, saying that motivation was not a key problem, but rather that training methods could be deficient or that past generations of runners were simply more talented than his generation.[1] Robinson finished 16th in the marathon at the 2006 European Athletics Championships. In 2007 he was within the top ten at the London Marathon and was eleventh in the 2007 World Championship Marathon later that year.

He ran at the 2009 Great North Run and was the first British man to finish, taking twelfth place.[2] He set a marathon personal best at the 2009 Amsterdam Marathon, recorded a time of 2:12:14 and finishing eleventh.[3] At the 2010 London Marathon, he had to drop out mid-race due to a calf injury. However, remained confident of running at both the 2010 European Athletics Championships and 2010 Commonwealth Games, which he had achieved the qualifying times for.[4]

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2000 London Marathon London, United Kingdom ? Marathon 2:37:56
2001 World Half Marathon Championships Bristol, United Kingdom 57th Half marathon 1:04:23
Frankfurt Marathon Frankfurt, Germany ? Marathon 2:16:51
2002 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 15th Marathon 2:17:53
2003 Berlin Marathon Berlin, Germany 26th Marathon 2:18:00
2004 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 16th Marathon 2:13:53
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 23rd Marathon 2:17:53
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 12th Marathon 2:14:26
2006 Commonwealth Games Melbourne, Australia 3rd Marathon 2:14:50
European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 16th Marathon 2:16:06
2007 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 9th Marathon 2:14:14
World Championships Osaka, Japan 11th Marathon 2:20:30
2008 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 13th Marathon 2:13:10
Olympic Games Beijing, China 24th Marathon 2:16:14

Personal bests[edit]

  • 10,000 metres (track) - 29:31.98 min (2001 Watford)
  • 10 kilometres (road) - 29:12 min (2007 Manchester)
  • Half marathon - 1:03:42 hrs (2001 Reading)
  • Marathon - 2:12:14 hrs (2009 Amsterdam)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fordyce, Tom (2006-04-21). Robinson hits back in 'lazy' row. BBC Sport. Retrieved on 2010-04-30.
  2. ^ Lel storms to Great North Run win. BBC Sport (2009-09-20). Retrieved on 2010-04-30.
  3. ^ van Hemert, Wim (2009-10-18). Another sizzling debut - 2:06:18 by Yegon in Amsterdam to break Gebrselassie's course record. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-04-30.
  4. ^ Dan Robinson on course for marathons despite injury. BBC Sport (2010-04-29). Retrieved on 2010-04-30.

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