Angela Piggford

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Angela Piggford
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  England
Commonwealth Games
Silver medal – second place 1986 Edinburgh 4x400 m relay
Gold medal – first place 1990 Auckland 4x400 m relay

Angela Gilmour (née Piggford, born 17 August 1963) is an English former track and field athlete who competed in the 400 metres and the 4 x 400 metres relay. In the relay, she represented Great Britain at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, while at the Commonwealth Games, she won a silver medal in Edinburgh 1986 and a gold medal in Auckland 1990.

Career[edit]

Piggford was born in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England and was a member of Gateshead Harriers. In 1986, she represented England at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, reaching the final of the 400 metres, finishing eighth in 53.97 secs, before teaming up with Jane Parry, Linda Keough and Kathy Cook, to win a silver medal in the 4x400 metres relay in 3:32.82.

In 1988, Piggford earned late selection for the 4 × 400 m relay squad for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. She didn't compete in the heats but came in as a replacement for Janet Smith for the final. The British quartet of Linda Keough, Jennifer Stoute, Piggford and Sally Gunnell, finished sixth in 3:26.89.[1]

Piggford had some of her best results indoors, including reaching the 400 metres final at the European Indoor Championships in both 1989 and 1990. At The Hague in 1989, she was fourth in an indoor best time of 52.90. In Glasgow in 1990, she was fifth. She also competed at the 1989 World Indoor Championships in Budapest.

In January 1990, Piggford competed at her second Commonwealth Games in Auckland. In the 400 metres final, she finished fifth in 53.45. In the 4 × 400 m relay, along with Stoute, Gunnell and Keough, she won a gold medal in 3:28.08. At the European Championships in Split, she ran 53.00 to reach the semi-finals of the 400 metres. She ran in the heats of the 4 x 400 metres relay. The British quartet went on to win a bronze medal in the final with Sally Gunnell replacing Piggford. This would be her final appearance at a major championships.

Piggford won both the UK title and the AAAs Indoor title in 1986. Her lifetime best in the 400 metres is 52.79, achieved in Edinburgh on 2 July 1989.[2] Her indoor best of 52.90 at The Hague in 1989, ranked her third on the UK all-time indoor list at the time, behind Sally Gunnell and Verona Elder. As of 2013, the time still ranks her in the UK indoor all-time top twenty.

National titles[edit]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Great Britain /  England
1986 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 12th (h) 400 m 55.07
Commonwealth Games Edinburgh, Scotland 8th 400 m 53.97
2nd 4 × 400 m 3:32.82
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 6th 4 × 400 m 3:26.89
1989 European Indoor Championships The Hague, Netherlands 4th 400 m 52.90
World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 14th (h) 400 m 53.69
1990 Commonwealth Games Auckland, New Zealand 5th 400 m 53.45
1st 4 × 400 m 3:28.08
European Indoor Championships Glasgow, Scotland 5th 400 m 53.82
European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 15th (sf) 400 m 53.53 (53.00 ht)

(#) Indicates overall position in qualifying heats (h) or semifinals (sf).

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