17 August 1989 |
Colchester, Essex, UK
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||53.5 kg (118 lb; 8.42 st)|
|Country|| Great Britain
|Club||Aldershot, Farnham & District AC|
|Coached by||Mick Woods|
|Achievements and titles|
|Olympic finals||2008, 1500 m, 6th in heat|
400m: 58.19 800m: 2:02.59 1500m: 4:02.54 3000m: 8:42.755000m: 14:54.08
|Updated on 10-10-2010.|
Stephanie April "Steph" Twell (born 17 August 1989 in Colchester) is a Scottish middle distance runner. She was the winner of the 1500 metres at the World Junior Championships in 2008, and is a three-time winner of the European Cross Country Championships junior women's race as well as being part of four winning Great Britain teams.
Her personal best time for the 1500 metres is 4:02.70, set in Barcelona, Spain on 1 August 2010. She competed in the women's 1500 metres at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and came sixth in her heat, with the 11th best time overall, out of 33 competitors.
In September 2008, Twell was named European Athletics Rising Star of 2008. In January 2009 she was named "Telegraph Ten for 2012" - 10 of Britain's brightest young sports stars in The Daily Telegraph.
She began the 2009 cross country season well, winning at the Antrim International Cross Country. A few months later, Twell finished 38th in the 2009 World Cross Country Championships in Jordan. Although she was the fastest Briton in the race, she was disappointed with her performance and stated that she resolved to do better in the next championships.
She had a disappointing run at the 2009 European Team Championships over 3000 m, finishing in fourth in a time well outside her PB. At the 2009 World Championships she was never in contention in her heat at 1500 m and then when one of the favourites she was only 11th in the European Cross Country Championships (under 23 race).
Her 2010 was marked by improvements in her personal bests on the track. She set a 1500 metres best at the Weltklasse Zurich Diamond League meeting, finishing third and ahead of Lisa Dobriskey with a time of 4:02.54. Stepping up to the 5000 m at the Memorial van Damme in Brussels, she smashed her previous best by 22 seconds to set a new Scottish record of 14.54.08, breaking Yvonne Murray's 15-year-old mark. She ran at the Women's 5K Challenge in London in August 2010 and took third place behind Sylvia Kibet and Linet Masai. Reflecting on the race, she said: "To run 15:32 is great for me and third was just what I aimed for." Twell suffered a fractured ankle competing in a cross-country race in Belgium in February 2011. A further foot injury in June 2012 ended her hopes of competing at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
|2006||World Junior Championships in Athletics||Beijing, China||8th||1500 m|
|2008||World Junior Championships in Athletics||Bydgoszcz, Poland||1st||1500 m|
|Olympic Games||Beijing, China||6th (heat)||1500 m|
|2010||Commonwealth Games||Delhi, India||3rd||1500 m|
|400 metres||58.19||Bedford, England||6 June 2006|
|800 metres||2:02.59||Watford, England||12 June 2010|
|1500 metres||4:02.54||Zurich, Switzerland||19 August 2010|
|One mile||4:28.16||Brussels, Belgium||14 September 2007|
|3000 metres||8:50.89||Stuttgart, Germany||14 September 2008|
|5000 metres||14:54.08||Brussels, Belgium||27 August 2010|
- All information taken from IAAF profile.
- Twell wins to boost Beijing hopes. BBC Sport. 13 July 2008.
- 'Staff and agencies' (July 19, 2008). "Beijing Olympics: Twell crowns final Olympic track and field additions". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 19 February 2009.
- Stephanie Twell is the female Waterford Crystal European Athletics Rising Star 2008 - European Athletics
- Simon Hart (6 January 2009). "London 2012 Olympics: Britain's young and gifted going for gold medals". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 19 February 2009.
- 'Telegraph staff' (4 January 2009). "Debut senior win for Stephanie Twell". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 19 February 2009.
- Landells, Steve (2009-01-02). Twell and Kiprop top the fields in Antrim – Antrim International Cross Country preview. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-01-26.
- Kiplagat powers to world triumph. BBC Sport (2009-03-28). Retrieved on 2009-03-30.
- Ramsak, Bob (2009-05-30). Three meeting records fall in Belgrade. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-05-31.
- Mills, Steven (2010-08-19). Twell sets 1500m PB. Athletics Weekly. Retrieved on 2010-09-05.
- Steph Twell smashes Yvonne Murray's Scottish record. BBC Sport (2010-08-28). Retrieved on 2010-09-05.
- Brown, Matthew (2010-09-05). Masai wins 5k Challenge in London. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-09-05.
- Steph Twell suffers ankle fracture. BBC Sport (2011-02-13). Retrieved on 2011-03-18.
- Inspired: British captain Dai Greene will use the plight of injured runner Steph Twell as motivation at Games - Daily Telegraph, 30 July 2012
- Biographies: Twell, Stephanie. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-08-31.
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