Mark Hylton (sprinter)

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Born (1976-09-24) 24 September 1976 (age 44)
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Mark David Hylton (born 24 September 1976) is a former British 400 metres sprinter. Hylton won a silver medal in the relay at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

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Athletics career

Throughout his career, Hylton represented Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow Athletic Club.

In 1991, he won the English Schools' Junior 200 metres title by 1/100 of a second from Jamie Sykes of South Yorkshire. [1] He also competed in and won the Schools International Athletic Board (SIAB) indoor 200 metres, for England. [2]

In 1993, he won the English Schools' Intermediate 400 metres title. [1] He also went on to win the SIAB 400 metres title. [3] Also this year he won the AAA U17 400 metres title, both indoors and outdoors. [4] [5]

In 1994, he won the English Schools' Senior 400 metres title. [1] He also won a bronze medal as part of a British 4 x 400 metres relay team at the World Junior Championships. [6] Also this year he won the AAA U20 400 metres title. [5]

In 1995, he won the AAA U20 Indoor Championships 200 metres and AAA Indoor Championships 400 metres, breaking the British indoor record in the latter with a time of 46.56 seconds. [4] [7] [8] Outdoors, he won the AAA U20 Championships 200 metres and he came second at the AAA Championships over 400 metres. [5] [9] He then went on to win the European Junior Championships over the same distance. [10] [11] [12] At the same European Championships he also won the 4 x 400 metres relay title. [13] [14] [15] Later in the season he raced as part of the British team that finished fourth in the 4 x 400 metres relay at the World Championships. [16] [17] Also this year he retained his English Schools' Senior 400 metres title. [1]

In 1996, he raced as part of the British team that won a silver medal in the 4 x 400 metres relay at the Olympic Games. [18] He only raced in the heats, but still received a medal. He also won the Scottish Championships 400 metres that year, as an international competitor. [19] This year he also retained his AAA indoor 400 metres title. [8]

In 1997, he competed at the World Championships in the 4 x 400 metres relay as part of the British team that originally finished second but were upgraded to gold as a result of the disqualification of the US team. He only raced in the heats, but still received a medal. [20] [21] He also won the inaugural European U23 Championships 400 metres title. [22] [23] [24] [25] [26] This year he won his third and final AAA indoor 400 metres title. [8]

In 1998, he competed at the European Championships as part of the British team in the 4 x 400 metres relay, winning a gold medal. [27] [28] [29] Later in the year he represented England in the Commonwealth Games in the 4 x 400 metres relay, winning silver. [30] He won a silver medal over 400 metres at the AAA Indoor Championships. [8]

In 1999, he raced as part of the British team in the 4 x 400 metres relay at the World Championships, failing to qualify for the final. [31] He came third outdoors over 400m at the AAA Championships. [9] He won a bronze medal over 400 metres at the AAA Indoor Championships. [8]

He tested positive for nandrolone in 1999, but a two-year ban was overturned following an appeal which revealed errors in the testing of his sample. One aspect of the test showed a level of nandrolone at three nanograms per millilitre (one nanogram above the maximum limit), but flaws in other aspects saw the ban dismissed due to reasonable doubt. [32]

In 2001, he competed in the 4 x 400 metres relay at the World Indoor Championships for Great Britain, finishing fourth in the final. [33] That year he also competed in the 4 x 400 metres relay at the World Championships, racing only in the heats. [34] He also won the Scottish Championships 200 metres that year, as an international competitor. [19] [35] He came third outdoors over 400 metres at the AAA Championships. [9] He won the South of England 400 metres title. [36]

In 2002, he raced for England in the heats of the 4 x 400 metres relay as part of the team that won gold at the Commonwealth Games. [30]

In 2003, he competed in the 4 x 400 metres relay as part of the British team that won silver at the World Indoor Championships for Great Britain. He only raced in the heats, but still received a medal. [37] [38]

Achievements

YearCompetitionVenuePositionEventNotes
Representing the Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom
1994 World Junior Championships Lisbon, Portugal 4th400m 46.37
3rd4 × 400 m relay 3:06.59
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 2nd 4 × 400 m relay 3:01.79
1997 European U23 Championships Turku, Finland 1st400m 45.71
5th4 × 400 m relay 3:05.77

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