Mike McFarlane

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Olympic medal record
Men’s athletics
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1988 Seoul 4 x 100 metre relay
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 1982 Brisbane 200 m
Silver medal – second place 1986 Edinburgh 4x100 m
Bronze medal – third place 1986 Edinburgh 100 m
European Indoor Championships
Gold medal – first place 1985 Athens 60 m

Mike McFarlane (Michael Anthony McFarlane; born 2 May 1960) is a retired British athlete who lived in the London Borough of Hackney and competed mainly in the 100 and 200 metres. He started out as a schoolboy winning the English schoolboys' 200 metres on 3 different occasions. This success continued as he went on to win the AAA's junior Indoor 60/200 metre titles. This was followed by an outdoor AAA's junior 200 victory. He was also a South of England Champion and in 1979/1980 he won the European junior and AAA's Indoor 200 metre titles.


In 1980 he went to the Moscow Olympics where he ran in the 200 metres, where he got to the quarter final. He was also a member of the sprint relay team that reached the final and finished 4th in a new British record. In 1982 after winning the U.K. championships 200, he went to his 2nd Commonwealth Games where he won a Joint Commonwealth Gold alongside 1980 Olympic 100 metre champion Allan Wells in an historic and memorable 200 metres where both men could not be separated, and both claimed Gold medals.

In 1984 he won the U.K. championships 100 metres, then went to the Los Angeles Olympics where he reached the final of the 100 metres, and finished an excellent 5th. In 1985 he became European Indoor Champion at 60 metres. In 1986 he competed at his 3rd Commonwealth games where he won Bronze in the 100 metres, and silver in the sprint relay. He also reached the European 100 metre final in Stuttgart in 1986 where he finished 6th.

He competed for Great Britain in the 1988 Summer Olympics held in Seoul, South Korea in the 4 x 100 metre relay where he won the silver medal with his team mates Elliot Bunney, John Regis and Linford Christie. He subsequently made a successful career in coaching after retirement and is a high performance coach for UK Athletics based at the National Athletics Centre in Lee Valley.

Personal bests[edit]

  • 100 metres-10.22.
  • 200 metres-20.43.