Nicola Sanders

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Nicola Sanders
Nicola Sanders Osaka07.jpg
Nicola Sanders in Osaka 2007
Personal information
Born (1982-06-23) 23 June 1982 (age 34)
High Wycombe, England
Country United Kingdom Great Britain
Club Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow Athletic Club
Turned pro 2004
Retired q
Achievements and titles
Highest world ranking 400 m: 3 (2008)
Personal best(s) 400 m 49.65
400 m hurdles 55.32
Updated on 27 June 2008.

Nicola Clare Sanders (born 23 June 1982) is a British former track and field sprinter. She started her career as a 400 metres hurdles specialist, but then switched to the 400 metres which became her speciality. Her personal best for that event was 49.65 seconds.

Her career peaked in 2007 when she was the champion at the European Athletics Indoor Championships and took the silver medal at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics behind her compatriot Christine Ohuruogu. She was a frequent participant in British 4×400 metres relay quartets and won a gold medal with the team at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships. She won four further bronze medals in the relay over her career, including two World Championships bronzes and two at European level. In autumn 2014 she announced her retirement from athletics.[1]

Early achievements[edit]

Sanders won a bronze medal in the 1999 European Athletics Junior Championships in Riga at 400 m hurdles. That same year she was 4th in the 400 m hurdles at the World Youth Championships. In 2000 she was 5th in the 2000 World Junior Championships in Athletics, but won gold in the Commonwealth Youth Championships. She grew up in Amersham and went to Amersham School.

2005 to 2006[edit]

In 2005 she finished 6th (4th 4 × 400 m relay) at the World Student Games.

In the 2005 Helsinki World Championships Sanders reached the semi finals. Together with Lee McConnell, Donna Fraser and Christine Ohuruogu she won a bronze medal in the 4 × 400 m relay.

She was 4th in the Commonwealth Games of 2006 in the 400 m hurdles and was part of the team that won the 4 × 400 m relay, but they were subsequently disqualified.

Since then she has focused on 400 m (due to injury issues) and rarely participates in hurdles races.

She finished 6th in the 400 m final at the 2006 European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg.

2007 to 2008[edit]

In 2007, she took gold in the 400 m competition in the 2007 European Athletics Indoor Championships in Birmingham, with a personal best and national record of 50.02 seconds. This was the 5th fastest indoor 400 m time in history. She also won a bronze in the 4 × 400 m relay.

In 2007 she had suffered knee and Achilles tendon problems, but on 27 August 2007 Nicola broke 50 seconds for the first time in her career, recording 49.77 seconds in the semi final of the 400 m at the World Athletics Championships in Osaka, Japan to move to #3 on the British all-time list. She then went on to finish 2nd in the final, behind fellow Briton, Christine Ohuruogu. Sanders set another personal best of 49.65, which puts her as the fourth fastest British athlete over 400 m, after Kathy Cook, Katharine Merry and Ohuruogu, who also set a personal best in the World Championship final.

During the final day of the championships on 2 September, Sanders anchored the British 4 × 400 m team to a bronze medal. In so doing she became the first female UK runner to break 49 seconds for a 400 metres relay leg, with a time of 48.76 seconds, beating Sally Gunnell's previous record of 49.46 seconds.

Sanders went out of the 400 m at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the third semi-final in a time of 50.71 seconds. With a tough lane draw, lane 9, and lacking the fitness that comes from an injury free run in to the season, Michael Johnson added, 'she's got a little bit more 800 metres look to me this year than she did last year, there's just not the power, the arm drive that we saw in 2007.'


In December 2011, Sanders was one of 12 British female sporting celebrities who posed for Clara Maidment a charity calendar in aid of Wellbeing of Women, in the lingerie of Nichole de Carle, wearing jewellery by Salima Hughes and Coster Diamonds.[2]

Personal bests[edit]


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Preceded by
Donna Fraser
British Champion in 400 m
Succeeded by
Nicola Sanders
Lee McConnell