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Former British Olympic athlete comes to college next week

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Former British Olympic athlete comes to college next week
by Steve Greenwood - Friday, 11 May 2018, 10:25 AM

Mark Richardson, former  British Olympic athlete will also be opening the Newbury College Gym alongside the Mayor of Newbury and the College Principal at 12.45pm on Thursday 17th May.

Mark Ashton Richardson (born 26 July 1972 in Slough)[1] is a British former athlete who competed mainly in the 400 metres.

He competed for Great Britain in the 1996 Summer Olympics held in Atlanta, United States in the 4 x 400 metre relay where he won the silver medal with his team mates Iwan Thomas, Jamie Baulch and Roger Black. This team set a UK record, 2:56.60, in the process.

At the 1997 World Championships in Athens, Richardson ran the anchor leg for Great Britain in the 4 × 400 m relay, winning the silver medal. His unofficial split time was 43.5.


On 7 January 2010 it was announced that Great Britain's 1997 World Championship 4 × 400 m relay team are to be awarded the gold medal;



 [2]Mark became one of the few athletes ever to beat Michael Johnson at 400m in 1998.