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Marathon Man: The Steve Jones Story Part One

In the first part of this two part series England Athletics' Bud Baldaro and Martin Rush talk to the British Marathon Record Holder Steve Jones about the early portion of his legendary career.

Jones made his first forways into the world of endurance running whilst a member of the Air Training Corps and later the Royal Air Force, representing both organisations with distinction. From then on Jones began a journey that would include an 8th place finish in the 1984 Olympics; a 12th place finish in the 183 World Championships; and a bronze medal at the 1986 Commonwealth Games; all in the 10,000m event.

But it is as a marathon runner that Jones is revered for. A win in the 1984 Chicago Marathon in a world record time of 2:08.35 announced him to the world and Jones went from strength to strength the following year winning in both London and Chicago again; the latter in an even faster 2:07.13 clocking which is still the British record. In 1988 Jones also managed to win the New York marathon however his dominance in major marathons did not translate to major championships with a 4th place in the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games his best result.

Other parts in the series:

Marathon Man: The Steve Jones Story Part Two

  • Uploaded: 28.08.2011
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Comments (1)

  1. Posted by Michael Swift on 03/09/2011 at 09:21 PM

    I ran the Lyneham athletic team through 74 to 76.  Steve was a great member of the team and always willing to help out - including running the 400m!  There was also another very good Welshman at the base during the same time but over the shorter distance, Garry Vince.  I was also in Los Angeles to see Steve in the Olympics in 84.  Steve talks about Bob Willis, Bob was a natural coach, he coached from the heart. Good video, Mike Swift

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