Andy Carter (athlete)
|Representing United Kingdom|
|1971 Helsinki||800 metres|
Andrew William Carter (born 29 January 1949 in Exeter, Devon, England) is a retired track and field athlete who represented Great Britain in the men's 800 metres at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany. Carter finished sixth in a time of 1:46.55.
Carter won the bronze medal at the 1971 European Championships in Helsinki, Finland in the men's 800 metres, behind Yevgeniy Arzhanov (Soviet Union) and Dieter Fromm (East Germany) in a time of 1:46.16. He won the AAA title in 1970, 1972 and 1973.
Carter won the European Cup in 1973 in Edinburgh defeating the Olympic silver medalist Arzhanov in 1:46.44. In 1974 he won a silver medal representing England in the Commonwealth Games 4×400 metre relay. He finished fifth in the 800 metres in a time of 1:45.97.
Carter recorded his fastest time of 1:45.12 in 1973, winning the AAA Championship at London’s Crystal Palace. He improved the British record for 800 metres on three occasions.His other personal bests included: 400 metres – 48.0; 1,000 metres – 2:18.5 (1974); 1 mile – 3:59.3 (1972).
The U.S. magazine Track & Field News' annual world rankings ranked Carter third at 800 metres in 1971. They ranked him eighth in 1972 and sixth in 1973.
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- Phillips, Bob (2000): A History of Athletics at the Commonwealth Games
- Watman, Mel (1981): Encyclopedia of Track and Field Athletics
- Track & Field News rankings
- Personal Bests
- British All-Time Lists: 800 metres
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