Jon Brown (runner)

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Jon Brown
Personal information
Born (1971-02-27) 27 February 1971 (age 51)
Bridgend, Wales
Medal record
Representing  Great Britain
European Cross Country Championships
Gold medal – first place 1996 Oeiras Individual
Gold medal – first place 1999 Velenje Team
Bronze medal – third place 1995 Alnwick Team
Bronze medal – third place 1999 Velenje Individual

Jonathan Michael Brown (born 27 February 1971) is a former British long-distance runner who specialised in 10,000 metres, cross country running and the marathon.

Athletics career[edit]

Born in Bridgend, Wales, he was affiliated with the City of Sheffield Athletic Club in England during his career. He gained Canadian citizenship in 2005, after living in there since 1996; but continued to make himself available for Britain until switching sporting allegiance at the start of 2008.[1]

Earlier in his running career he competed for the Iowa State Cyclones Track and Field and Iowa State Cyclones Cross Country teams. He was a bronze medallist in the 5000 m at the 1992 European Athletics U23 Cup.[2]

He won the 1996 European Cross Country Championships and is a three-time Olympian; who placed fourth in two successive Olympic Games whilst representing Great Britain. He twice represented Britain at the World Championships in Athletics, running the 5000 metres in 1993 and 10,000 metres in 1999. He was also a five-time participant at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, his best finish being eighth place in 1999.[3] At the 1994 Goodwill Games he took the 5000 m bronze medal.[4] He was also a close fourth at the 1998 European Athletics Championships 10,000 m, two and a half seconds behind Germany's Stéphane Franke.[5]

Brown participated in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic 10,000 metres where he placed tenth (27:59.74). This was followed by the marathon at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, where he placed fourth, and also in the 2004 Athens Olympics, where he was again fourth in the marathon. In the former race he missed third place by seven seconds and in the latter by fifteen seconds.

His personal best times for the 10K run (27:20 minutes) and the 15K run (42:39 minutes) were the fastest by any European runner, but they have not been ratified as European records. His 10K time is still the fastest, while his 15K time has since been beaten by Julien Wanders, who also holds the official European 10K record.

He has won several road races on the circuit including the 1996 Gasparilla Distance Classic and the 1999 San Silvestre Vallecana. He was also successful at cross country meetings in Spain, winning at the 1996 Cross Internacional Valle de Llodio, 1997 Cross Internacional Juan Muguerza and the 1999 Cross de San Sebastián.

Brown now lives in Cambridge, New Zealand where he holds the position of New Zealand Triathlon high performance coach.

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Great Britain
1990 World Junior Championships Plovdiv, Bulgaria 13th 5000m 14:03.09
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 4th Marathon 2:11:17
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 4th Marathon 2:12:26

Personal bests[edit]

  • 1500 metres (track) – 3:40.53 min (1992)
  • 3000 metres (track) – 7:45.41 min (1998)
  • 5,000 metres (track) – 13:19.03 min (1998)
  • 10,000 metres (track) – 27:18.14 min (1998)
  • 15 km (road) – 42:39 min (1994)
  • Half marathon – 1:01:49 hrs (1997)
  • Marathon – 2:09:31 hrs (2005)


  1. ^ Jon Brown. Sports Reference. Retrieved on 2014-10-19.
  2. ^ Sport in Short: Athletics. The Independent (20 July 1992). Retrieved on 2014-10-19.
  3. ^ Jon Brown Honours. IAAF. Retrieved on 2014-10-19.
  4. ^ Goodwill Games. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2014-10-19.
  5. ^ Men 10000m European Championships 1998 Budapest (HUN) – Tuesday 18.08 . Todor. Retrieved on 2014-10-19.

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