Tony Simmons (athlete)

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Tony Simmons (Anthony Derrick Simmons; born 6 October 1948) is a former athlete. He represented England in the 1974 British Commonwealth Games, finishing seventh in the 10,000 metres, and Wales in the 1978 Commonwealth Games, finishing sixth in the 10,000 metres and seventh in the 5,000 metres. He won the silver medal in the 10,000 metres at the 1974 European Athletics Championships, finishing 4 hundredths of a second behind the gold medallist. In the 1976 Summer Olympics he qualified for the finals of the 10,000 metres, finishing 4th. He set a world best for the half-marathon at Welwyn Garden City, England on 24 June 1978 of 62 minutes 47 seconds. The mark stood for nearly 16 months until eclipsed by Nick Rose.

Personal bests[edit]

  • 1500 metres: 3:41.1 min, 12 June 1977, Cwmbran
  • 2000 metres: 5:05.32 min, 4 July 1975, London
  • 3000 metres: 7:51.53 min, 23 August 1978, London
  • 5000 metres: 13:21.2 min, 23 May 1976, Kiev
  • 10,000 metres: 27:43.59 min, 30 June 1977, Helsinki
  • Marathon: 2:12:33 h, 7 May 1978, Sandbach

References[edit]

Records
Preceded by
Miruts Yifter
Men's Half Marathon World Record Holder
24 June 1978 – 14 October 1979
Succeeded by
Nick Rose
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Miruts Yifter
Men's Half Marathon Best Year Performance
1978
Succeeded by
Kirk Pfeffer