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Allan Wells

Athletics

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Allan Wells
Athletics

Wells won gold in the 100m at the Olympic Games in Moscow in 1980 and was the first British athlete to do so since 1924. He also won a silver medal for the 200m. Wells started his career in athletics as a triple jumper. He changed to the Long Jump and then to sprinting when he was 24.

Wells, a winner of four Commonwealth Games gold medals, one silver and one bronze is Scotland’s second most successful Commonwealth Games athlete of all time behind bowler Alex Marshall. He won the Golden Sprint title in 1981. The Golden Sprint was measured by an aggregate of 100m and 200m race times, and proved, beyond doubt, that Wells was the fastest runner in the world.

  • Date of Birth 03/05/1952
  • Birth Place Edinburgh
  • Commonwealth Games Representation 1978, 1982

Did You Know?

  • Allan was the first Baton Bearer of the Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton Relay, carrying the baton from Buckingham Palace to begin its journey around the Commonwealth.

Career Highlights

3 rd
Brisbane 1982
4 x 100m Relay - Men
1 st
Brisbane 1982
200m - Men
1 st
Brisbane 1982
100m - Men
1 st
Moscow 1980 Olympic Games
100m
2 nd
Moscow 1980 Olympic Games
200m
2 nd
Edmonton 1978
100m - Men
1 st
Edmonton 1978
200m - Men
1 st
Edmonton 1978
4 x 100m Relay - Men