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 Scotlandâ€™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.