Lee McConnell

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Lee McConnell
Lee McConnell Osaka07.jpg
Lee McConnell in Osaka 2007
Personal information
Born (1978-10-09) 9 October 1978 (age 36)
Glasgow, Scotland[1]
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Weight 64 kg (141 lb)
Country  Great Britain
Club Shaftesbury Barnett
Turned pro 2000
Retired 2014[1]
Achievements and titles
World finals 2003 – 7th
Highest world ranking 8th (2002)
Personal best(s) 100 m 11.67
200 m 23.16
400 m 50.86
HJ 1.88 m

Lee McConnell (born 9 October 1978) is a retired Scottish athlete, who competed in the 400 metres. She attended Holyrood R.C. Secondary School in Glasgow before graduating from Loughborough University in 2000 with a degree in Sports Science. She became the Scottish 200 metres champion in 2002, and 2005. She also won the 400 metres in 2001. On top of this she won the AAAs 400 metres championship in 2002 and an individual bronze medal at the 2002 European championships, then added a Commonwealth silver in the 400 in that same season.

In 2003 she came 2nd in the European cup 400 metres and 2nd in the 4 x 400 metres relay. In addition to winning medals in individual contests, she has been a fairly successful relay runner. Her personal best time over 400 m is 50.82 seconds.

McConnell was originally a high jumper, before turning to her current event and then 400-metre hurdles. After the 2007 season, McConnell decided to give up hurdling, as her transition from the flat had not been as successful as she had intended, and she has therefore returned her focus to the 400 m flat.

McConnell has been known for participating in the relay team for Great Britain at major events. In 2001 she ran the 1st leg of the relay team. Helen Frost, Tasha Danvers-Smith and Catherine Murphy made up the rest of the team, which finished 5th. At the 2003 World Championships in Athletics, McConnell ran the first leg of the women's 4 x 400 m relay. The team, composed of Jennifer Meadows, Catherine Murphy and Tasha Danvers-Smith finished 6th. Two years later at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics she ran the first leg of the relay, and won the bronze medal along with Donna Fraser, Nicola Sanders and Christine Ohuruogu. In 2007, she won another bronze medal in the same event, along with Ohuruogu, Marilyn Okoro and Sanders, this time running the third leg.

McConnell missed the 2013 season after becoming pregnant with her first child.[2] She returned to training nine weeks after giving birth to her son with a view to competing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in her hometown of Glasgow – however she announced her immediate retirement from athletics in April 2014.[1]

Major achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
2002 Commonwealth Games Manchester, England 2nd 400 metres
European Championships Munich, Germany 3rd 400 metres
2005 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 3rd 4x400 m relay
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 3rd 4x400 m relay
2006 Commonwealth Games Melbourne, Australia 3rd 400 m hurdles
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 3rd 4x400 m relay
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 3rd 4x400 m relay
2011 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 2nd 4x400 m relay
Preceded by
Lesley Owusu
British Champion in 400 m
Succeeded by
Helen Karagounis
Preceded by
Nicola Sanders
British Champion in 400 m
Succeeded by
Christine Ohuruogu
Preceded by
Christine Ohuruogu
British Champion in 400 m
Succeeded by
Perri Shakes-Drayton


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