Ken Harnden

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Kenneth “Ken” Harnden (born 31 March 1973 in Salisbury – now Harare) is a Zimbabwean track and field coach and former hurdler who specialized in the 400 metres hurdles.

His personal best time is 48.05 seconds, achieved in July 1998 in Paris. Together with Tawanda Chiwira, Phillip Mukomana and Savieri Ngidhi he holds the Zimbabwean record in 4 x 400 metres relay with 3:00.79 minutes, achieved during the heats at the 1997 World Championships in Athens. Harnden also competed for Zimbabwe in both the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics. [1]

Under his tutelage, sophomore Walter Dix won the NCAA indoor and outdoor 200m National Championships, became a five-time All-American, a two-time NCAA East Region title holder in the 100m and 200m, six-time individual ACC Championship winner, and holds six All-ACC accolades in addition to shattering numerous school, league and world records. Fellow rookie sprinter Ricardo Chambers broke Harnden's longstanding Mike Long Track Record in the 400m while his 4x100m relay earned All-American honors for the second consecutive season. Zimbabwean 200m sprint record holder and All Africa games medalist Brian Dzingai. In his first two seasons, his 400m relay squads have finished in the top three on FSU's all-time list.

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Zimbabwe
1994 Commonwealth Games Victoria, Canada 6th 400 m hurdles 50.02
9th (h) 4x400 m relay 3:07.50
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 6th 400 m hurdles 48.89
15th (h) 4x400 m relay 3:03.91
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 12th (sf) 400 m hurdles 48.61
28th (h) 4x400 m relay 3:13.35
1997 World Championships Athens, Greece 11th (sf) 400 m hurdles 48.82
6th 4x400 m relay 3:01.43
1998 African Championships Dakar, Senegal 2nd 400 m hurdles 49.39
Commonwealth Games Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 3rd 400 m hurdles 49.06
6th 4x400 m relay 3:03.02
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 24th (h) 400 m hurdles 49.72
19th (h) 4x400 m relay 3:07.69
All-Africa Games Johannesburg, South Africa 2nd 400 m hurdles 48.47
5th 4x400 m relay 3:02.18
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 52nd (h) 400 m hurdles 51.83
15th (h) 4x400 m relay 3:05.60

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