Jon Brown

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Jon Brown
Medal record
Competitor for  United Kingdom
European Cross Country Championships
Gold 1996 Oeiras Individual
Gold 1999 Velenje Team
Bronze 1995 Alnwick Team
Bronze 1999 Velenje Individual

Jonathan ("Jon") Michael Brown (born 27 February 1971 in Bridgend, Wales) is a former British athlete. He specialised in 10000m, cross country, road and the marathon.

Between 1996 and 2007 Brown represented Great Britain, however he changed his allegiance to Canada in October 2007. He is a former European Cross Country champion and three-time Olympian; who placed 4th in two successive Olympic Games whilst representing Great Britain.

Brown participated in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic 10000m where he placed 10th (27:59.74) followed by the marathon at the 2000 Sydney Olympics in that discipline where he placed fourth and also in the 2004 Athens Olympics, where he was again fourth in the marathon. In the former race he missed 3rd place by 7 seconds and in the latter by 15 seconds. He gained Canadian citizenship in 2005, after living in there since 1996; but continued to make himself available for Britain until late 2007.

Earlier in his running career he competed for the Iowa State Cyclones Track and Field and Iowa State Cyclones Cross Country teams.

Jon Brown now lives in Cambridge, New Zealand where he holds the position of New Zealand Triathlon high performance coach.


  • All results regarding marathon, unless stated otherwise
Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  United Kingdom 2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 4th 2:11:17
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 4th 2:12:26

Personal bests[edit]

  • 1500 metres (track) - 3:40.53 (1992 Loughborough)
  • 3000 metres (track) - 7:45.41 (1998 Hechtel)
  • 5,000 metres (track) - 13:19.03 (1998 Stockholm)
  • 10,000 metres (track) - 27:18.14 (1998 Brussels)
  • 15km (road) - 42:39 (1994 Tampa)
  • Half marathon - 1:01:49 (1997)
  • Marathon - 2:09:31 (2005 London)