7 March 1963
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:
I just kept telling myself to dig, dig, dig—and I did it! I've got a bloody medal!
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.
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