Marcus Adam

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Marcus Adam
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Born (1968-02-28) 28 February 1968 (age 52)
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ClubBelgrave Harriers, Wimbledon

Marcus Adam (born 28 February 1968) is a retired English sportsperson, who represented Great Britain as both a sprinter and a bobsledder.

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Competing in athletics, he won the gold medal in the 200 metres at the 1990 Commonwealth Games, and also won gold and silver medals respectively in the 4 x 100 metres relay at the 1990 Commonwealth Games and 1990 European Championships. He is also a member of the team which holds the British record in the 4 x 200 metres relay.

After retiring from athletics, he shifted to the sport of bobsleigh. He competed in the two-man bobsleigh event at the 2002 Winter Olympics (finishing in tenth place), having previously competed as a sprinter at the 1992 Summer Olympics (finishing in eighth place in the 200 metres and fourth place in the 4 x 100 metres relay).

Athletics

Adam was born in London. [1] At the 1987 European Junior Athletics Championships, he won gold medals in both the 200 metres and the 4 x 100 metres relay. [2] In the same year he won his first medal at the UK Championships, with a bronze medal in the 100 metres behind Linford Christie and Jamie Henderson. [3]

In 1989, Adam started by winning the silver medal at the Amateur Athletics Association (AAA) Indoor Championships. [4] He then won both the 100 and 200 metres at the UK Championships, [3] and at the AAA Championships in the same year he won the silver medal in the 100 metres and the gold medal in the 200 metres. [5] Also, in June 1989 he helped establish a British record of 1:21.29 minutes in the rarely contested 4 x 200 metres relay (together with Ade Mafe, Linford Christie and John Regis). This record still stands. In February 1990 he helped establish a new British indoor record of 1:22.99 minutes in the same event. (The time was beaten in March 1991.) [6] Also in the 1989–90 indoor season, Adam won the 200 metres race at the AAA Indoor Championships. [4]

Adam's international breakthrough came in the 1990 outdoor season. One of the season highlights was the 1990 Commonwealth Games. Adam finished fourth in the 100 metres event with a wind-aided time of 10.14 seconds, 0.02 seconds behind bronze medallist Bruny Surin. He then won the 200 metres with a wind-aided time of 20.10 seconds, ahead of his fellow English athletes John Regis and Ade Mafe, who finished second and third. Adam would never run faster than these two wind-aided times at the Commonwealth Games. [7] He went on to win a second gold medal in the 4 x 100 metres relay (together with Clarence Callender, John Regis and Linford Christie). [8] Adam also participated in the 1990 European Championships. He reached the semi-finals of the 200 metres, [9] and won a silver medal in the 4 x 100 metres relay (together with Darren Braithwaite, John Regis and Linford Christie). [10] The time of 37.98 seconds was a British record, which would stand until 1993. [6]

Adam achieved a personal best time in the 100 metres in July 1991, clocking in 10.23 seconds at a meet in Birmingham. [7]

In the 1991–92 indoor season, Adam competed at the 1992 European Indoor Championships, reaching the semi-finals of the 200 metres. [11]

In June 1992, Adam achieved his lifetime best time in the 200 metres, with a time of 20.41 seconds at a meet in Dijon. [7]

At the 1992 Summer Olympics, Adam reached the final of the 200 metres, finishing in eighth place with a time of 20.80 seconds. [1] He was also a member of the British 4 × 100 m relay team which finished in fourth place. [12] Domestically, Adam won the bronze medal in 100 metres at the AAA Championships, [5] and at the UK Championships he won the bronze medal in 100 metres and the gold medal in the 200 metres. [3]

Adam was then absent from the spotlight for several years. He made a brief return in the winter of 1999, when he competed at the World Indoor Championships, [1] and won the 200 metres event at the AAA Indoor Championships. [4]

Bobsleigh

Adam later took up the sport of bobsleigh. As a brakeman, he finished tenth in the two-man event at the 2002 Winter Olympics [12] together with Lee Johnston. [13]

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