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Nathan Brannen

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Nathan Brannen
Brannen at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin
Personal information
Born (1982-09-08) 8 September 1982 (age 41)
Cambridge, Ontario[1]
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight130 lb (59 kg)
Event1500 metres
College teamMichigan
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)800m: 1:46.00[2]
1500m: 3:34.22[2]
Mile: 3:52.63[2]
Medal record
Representing  Canada
Men's athletics
Commonwealth Games
Silver medal – second place 2006 Melbourne 1500 m
Pan American Games
Silver medal – second place 2015 Toronto 1500 m

Nathan "Nate" Brannen (born 8 September 1982) is a Canadian retired middle-distance runner from Cambridge, Ontario, who competed at three Summer Olympics: 2008, 2012 and 2016. Brannen is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

He is affiliated with the Phoenix Athletics Association of Ontario.[1]

Brannen currently holds four Canadian track and field records: in the indoor and outdoor 1,000 metres (2:16.86 indoor, 2:16.52 outdoor), 2,000 metres (4:59.56), and the indoor one-mile (3:54.32).[3][4]

Brannen is currently the Cross Country head coach at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio.[5]

Running career[edit]

As an 18-year-old student at Preston High School in his hometown of Cambridge, Ontario, Brannen became only the seventh sub-four-minute high school mile recorder in the history of North America, at the 2001 Aileen Meagher Track Classic in Halifax, Nova Scotia.[6][7] Originally, Brannen intended to join University of Arkansas and their prestigious track program[8] but ended up being recruited by University of Michigan, in the same recruiting class as Alan Webb.

In July 2016, he was named to Canada's Olympic team.[9] He finished 10th in the finals of the 1,500m in Rio.

Personal bests[edit]

Event Best Location Date
800 metres 1:46.00 Baton Rouge, LA, United States 31 May 2002
1000 metres 2:16.52 Linz, Austria 20 August 2012
1500 metres 3:34.22 Hengelo, Netherlands 27 May 2012
Mile 3:52.63 Eugene, OR, United States 7 June 2009
2000 metres 4:59.56 Toronto, ON, Canada 11 July 2013
3000 metres 7:48.98 London, England 27 July 2013
5000 metres 13:43.19 Palo Alto, CA, United States 31 March 2007


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Nathan Brannen Profile". Athletics Canada. Archived from the original on July 18, 2012. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c All-Athletics. "Profile of Nathan Brannen".
  3. ^ Nate Brannen sets Canadian 1000m record
  4. ^ Official Result to the York University Track Club Twilight Meet #3
  5. ^ SEHS. "Cross Country".
  6. ^ Brannen, Nathan (27 June 2018). "Only 1,497 humans have ever broken the 4-minute mile — and I'm one of them". CBC Sports. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  7. ^ Bigten.org. "Brannen Finds Motivation in Broken Bones and Broken Dreams". Archived from the original on March 3, 2016.
  8. ^ Kellsall, Christopher (May 10, 2012). "Nate Brannen-Interview-A Goal of 3:35.50".
  9. ^ Hossain, Asif (11 July 2016). "Athletics Canada nominates largest squad to Team Canada for Rio". Canadian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  10. ^ IAAF Profile for Nathan Brannen

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