Kay Morley-Brown

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Kay Morley-Brown
Medal record
Women's Athletics
Representing  Wales
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 1990 Auckland 100 m hurdles

Kay Morley-Brown (née Morley, born 5 March 1963) is a former Welsh athlete, who competed in the 100 metres hurdles. In 1990, representing Wales, she became the Commonwealth Games champion and in 1992, she represented Great Britain at the Olympic Games in Barcelona. Her sister, Sue Chick, is also a former international hurdler.[1][2][3]


Morley was born in Swinton, South Yorkshire, England. She was a member of the Cardiff Amateur Athletic Club and was coached by Malcolm Arnold. She won the Welsh Championships 100 metre hurdles title every year from 1986 to 1992. At the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, she finished seventh in the 100 m hurdles final in 13.83 secs.

Morley emerged as the UK's top sprint hurdler in 1989, winning the UK National title in 13.15 secs. She also finished second at the AAAs National Championships behind Sally Gunnell and competed at the European Cup, where she finished sixth.

Morley reached her peak in January 1990 at the Commonwealth Games in Auckland. After only qualifying for the final as a fastest loser, she won the gold medal in a lifetime best of 12.91 secs, with Gunnell second and Lesley-Ann Skeete third. This made her only the third British woman in history, after Shirley Strong and Gunnell, to run under 13 seconds for the 100 metres hurdles. In the summer of 1990, Morley retained her UK National title, but was again beaten to the AAAs National title, narrowly losing to Skeete (13.03 to 13.05). At the European Championships in Split she reached the semi-finals running 13.22.

In 1991, now married and competing as Kay Morley-Brown, she finished third at the AAAs Championships behind Gunnell and Skeete, earning selection for the World Championships in Tokyo, where she reached the semi-finals and ran 13.24.

Morley-Brown began 1992 by finishing second at the AAAs indoor Championships over 60m hurdles, and reaching the semi-finals at the European Indoor Championships in Genoa. Outdoors, she won her third UK National title with a narrow victory over Lesley-Anne Skeete, before finishing second to Sally Gunnell at the AAAs Championships (which were also the UK Olympic trials) earning Olympic selection. In Barcelona she was eliminated in the heats, running a disappointing 13.44 secs. This would be her last major competition.[1][4][5][6]

As of 2017, Morley-Brown's Welsh records of 12.91 for the 100m hurdles and 8.16 for the 60m hurdles, still stand. She ranks 11th on the 100m hurdles UK all-time list.

Later career[edit]

Morley-Brown has since become a teacher in the John Bentley School, Calne, Wiltshire.[7]


  • 12.91 Auckland, New Zealand 1990 – 100 metres hurdles Welsh National record[8]
  • 13.02 Wrexham, Wales 1990 – 100 metres hurdles Welsh All-Comers record
  • 8.16 Glasgow, Scotland 1992 – 60 metres hurdles Welsh National record


  • 3 Time UK National 100 metres hurdles Champion (1989, 1990, 1992)
  • 7 Time Welsh National 100 metres hurdles Champion (1986–1992)
Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Great Britain /  Wales
1986 Commonwealth Games Edinburgh, Scotland 7th 100 m hurdles 13.83
1989 European Cup Gateshead, England 6th 100 m hurdles
1990 Commonwealth Games Auckland, New Zealand 1st 100 m hurdles 12.91
European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 13th (sf) 100 m hurdles 13.22
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 14th (sf) 100 m hurdles 13.24
1992 European Indoor Championships Genoa, Italy 9th (sf) 60 m hurdles 8.18
Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 26th (h) 100 m hurdles 13.44

(#) Indicates overall position in qualifying heats (h) or semi-finals (sf).


  1. ^ a b "British Olympic Association > Athletes > Kay Morley-Brown". British Olympic Association website. British Olympic Association. 30 October 2009. Archived from the original on 30 August 2007. Retrieved 30 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "iaaf.org – Athletes – Morley-Brown Kay Biography". IAAF website. IAAF. 30 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "UK International Women". National Union of Track Statisticians website. National Union of Track Statisticians. 30 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Campeonatos de Eurpoa Split 1990". European Athletics website. European Athletics. 2009. Archived from the original on 24 January 2008. Retrieved 30 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "Women 100m Hurdles World Championship 1991 Tokyo (JPN) – Friday 30.08". Sports and Elections Statistics website. Todor Krastev. 30 May 2009. Archived from the original on 11 March 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2009. 
  6. ^ "Kay Morley-Brown Biography and Olympic Results - Olympics at Sports-Reference.com". Sports Reference website. Sports Reference LLC. 2009. Retrieved 30 October 2009. 
  7. ^ Simon Turnbull (24 February 2009). "Athletics: Speed guru backs his battling one-two". The Independent. Retrieved 30 October 2009. 
  8. ^ http://www.welshathletics.org/about-us/our-history/records--best-performances.aspx