Lee McConnell

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Lee McConnell
Lee McConnell Osaka07.jpg
Lee McConnell in Osaka 2007
Personal information
Born (1978-10-09) 9 October 1978 (age 36)
Glasgow, Scotland[1]
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Weight 64 kg (141 lb)
Country  Great Britain
Club Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers
Turned pro 2000
Retired 2014[1]
Achievements and titles
World finals 2003 – 7th
Highest world ranking 8th (2002)
Personal best(s) 100 m 11.67
200 m 23.16
400 m 50.86
HJ 1.88 m

Lee McConnell (born 9 October 1978) is a retired Scottish athlete, who competed in the 400 metres. She is a triple-Olympian having competed for Great Britain at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics and is a nine-time medalist at major championships.[3]

Voted Scottish Athlete of the Year in 2002, 2003 and 2007,[4] McConnell is the joint record holder for the 4 x 400 metres relay times for both Great Britain and Scotland.[5][6]


She attended Holyrood R.C. Secondary School in Glasgow before graduating from Loughborough University in 2000 with a degree in Sports Science. She became the Scottish 200 metres champion in 2002, and 2005.[7] She also won the 400 metres in 2001,[7] and the 400 metres at the AAA Championships in 2002.[8]

Internationally, in 2002, McConnell won a bronze medal at the 2002 European championships in the 400 metres, then added a Commonwealth Games silver in the 400 metres. In 2003 at the European Cup, McConnell came second in both the 400 metres and the 4 x 400 metres relay. She went to finish fifth in the 400 metres final at the 2003 World Championships.

Her personal best time over 400 metres is 50.82 seconds.[9]

McConnell was originally a high jumper (becoming Scottish champion in 1998, 1999 and 2000),[10] before turning to the 400 metres and then the 400 metres hurdles (winning Commonwealth Bronze in a PB time).[8]

After the 2007 season, McConnell decided to give up hurdling, as her transition from the flat had not been as successful as she had intended, and she returned to the 400 metres flat.[8] She broke the stadium record in the 400 metres at the 2008 FBK Games producing her fastest season opener.[11]

At domestic level, McConnell later won the British 400 metres title in 2008 and 2010,[12] the British Inter-Counties 200 metres title in 2009,[8] and two more Scottish 200 metres titles (outdoor again in 2011 and indoor in 2013).[7][13]


In addition to winning medals in individual contests, she has been a fairly successful relay runner. McConnell was known for participating in the Great Britain 4 x 400 metres relay team at major events.

McConnell won bronze medals in the 4 x 400 metres relay at the 2005 and 2007 World Championships. She ran the first leg in a team with Donna Fraser, Nicola Sanders and Christine Ohuruogu in 2005 and ran the third leg in team with Ohuruogu, Marilyn Okoro and Sanders in 2007, which a set a national record.[5]

In addition at the World Championships, she ran the first leg for the 4 x 400 relay teams that finished fifth in 2001, sixth in 2003, and fourth in 2009, also running fourth leg for the team that finished fourth in 2011.

McConnell alongside Fraser, Catherine Murphy, and Ohuruogu finished fourth in the 4 x 400 metres relay at the 2004 Olympics, but could inherit bronze medals from this event as American athlete Crystal Cox was later found guilty of doping offences.[14] Cox and not the US team had her medal revoked but that could still change.[15]

At the 2012 Olympics, she ran the second leg as Great Britain finished fifth in the 4 x 400 metres relay.

She has also accumulated relay medals from the 4 x 400 metres event from the Universiade Games (in 2001), the European Championships (in 2002 and 2010) and the European Indoor Championships (in 2005, 2007 and 2011).

For Scotland, McConnell ran in the 4 x 400 metres relay at the Commonwealth Games in 2002 and 2010 (where a national record was set).


McConnell missed the 2013 season after becoming pregnant with her first child.[16] She returned to training nine weeks after giving birth to her son with a view to competing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in her hometown of Glasgow – however she announced her immediate retirement from athletics in April 2014.[1]

International competitions[edit]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
2001 Summer Universiade Beijing, China 2nd 4x400 m relay
2002 Commonwealth Games Manchester, England 2nd 400 metres
European Championships Munich, Germany 3rd 400 metres
2005 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 3rd 4x400 m relay
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 3rd 4x400 m relay
2006 Commonwealth Games Melbourne, Australia 3rd 400 m hurdles
2007 European Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 3rd 4x400 m relay
World Championships Osaka, Japan 3rd 4x400 m relay
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 3rd 4x400 m relay
2011 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 2nd 4x400 m relay

Personal Life[edit]

McConnell is a huge rugby union fan, and is supporter of the Glasgow Warriors and the Scotland national team.[18]


  1. ^ a b c "Glasgow 2014: 400m runner Lee McConnell announces retirement". bbc.co.uk. 3 April 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Stats". LeeMcConnell.net. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Home". LeeMcConnell.net. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Competition (Awards)". SATS. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "British relay team smash record to take bronze". The Telegraph. 2 September 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Records (Scottish Outdoor)". SATS. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c "Scottish Championships (1969-2013 Women's Track)". SATS. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "Lee McConnell profile". Power of 10. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "Larry to get back on track". Bucks Free Press. 8 January 2003. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Scottish Championships (1969-2013 Women's Field)". SATS. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "McConnell quick off the mark to break stadium record". Herald Scotland. 26 May 2008. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "UK Outdoor Championsips (Scottish Medalists)". SATS. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "Scottish Indoor Championships (Women)". SATS. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  14. ^ "Helen Karagounis". Sports Reference. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  15. ^ "Crystal Cox stripped of 2004 gold". ESPN. 21 July 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  16. ^ "Pregnant Lee McConnell targets Glasgow Commonwealth Games". bbc.co.uk. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  17. ^ "International (Major Championships)". SATS. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  18. ^ "Lee McConnell: I can't wait to watch Glasgow Warriors over Christmas - I love rugby". Daily Record. 23 December 2010. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 

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Preceded by
Lesley Owusu
Nicola Sanders
Christine Ohuruogu
British champion in women's 400 m
Succeeded by
Helen Karagounis
Christine Ohuruogu
Perri Shakes-Drayton