Mark Rowland

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Mark Rowland
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Born (1963-03-07) 7 March 1963 (age 52)

Mark Robert Rowland (born 7 March 1963 in Watersfield, West Sussex, England) is a retired British track and field athlete, who was a bronze medallist at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.

Rowland came third in the men's men's 3000 m Steeplechase behind the Kenyan competitors Julius Kariuki (gold) and Peter Koech (silver). His time was 8:07.96 minutes which remains a British record.

Rowland became the eighth and, thus far, final British athlete to pick up a medal in the steeplechase event at the Olympics. His post-race interview at the track-side was famous for his quote:[this quote needs a citation]

Two years later, Rowland was beaten to the gold in a sprint finish in the same event at the European Championships in Split by the Italian athlete Francesco Panetta.

Rowland's career didn't hit such heights again and, after retiring, he became a coach to many promising young British steeplechasers and was steeplechase and middle-distance coach for UK Athletics.

He is now training athletes, including British middle-distance runner Jemma Simpson, in the USA for the Oregon Track Club Elite.[1]

He also coached Mike East, British 1500m runner to his 6th place at the 2004 Athens Olympics.


  1. ^ Laggner, Kyle (December 15, 2008). "Former Olympian to coach Oregon Track Club Elite". Retrieved 29 April 2010.