Phil Brown (athlete)

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Phil Brown (athlete)
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Born 6 January 1962

Philip ("Phil") Andrew Brown (born 6 January 1962 in Birmingham, West Midlands) was a British athlete who competed mainly in the 400 metres. In the individual 400m his results were not outstanding; however, he was an exceptional anchor leg relay runner, anchoring the British team to a number of medals. He was a member of Birchfield Harriers.

Brown's career highlight came when he competed for Great Britain in the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles, United States in the 4 x 400 metre relay, where, in a dramatic final 100m, he overtook Rick Mitchell of Australia and then Innocent Egbunike of Nigeria to claim the Silver medal for Great Britain with his team mates Kriss Akabusi, Garry Cook and Todd Bennett. Brown's final leg time of 44.3 seconds resulted in a time of 2:59.13 which was a British and European record at the time and the first time a British team had bettered 3 minutes for the event.

The European Championships in 1982 saw the team, once again anchored by Brown, win the Silver medal behind the West German team, in 3:00:68 secs.

At the Rome World Championships of 1987, he ran another excellent final leg in 44.3, which earned the team a Silver medal in a European Record time of 2:58:86 secs.

Phil is now a conference speaker and the Regional Director for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award in the Midlands.

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