Samuel Matete

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Samuel Matete
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia
Olympic Games
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1996 Atlanta 400 m hurdles
World Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1991 Tokyo 400 m hurdles
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1993 Stuttgart 400 m hurdles
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1995 Gothenburg 400 m hurdles

Samuel Matete (born 27 July 1968 in Chingola) is a retired male track and field athlete from Zambia, who competed mainly in 400 metres hurdles. Noted for his exceptionally fast finish, he was one of the world's leading hurdlers in the early 1990s, and became the first Zambian track and field world champion in 1991. This was the first time that an African athlete had won that event. [1] He represented Zambia in the 400 m hurdles on four occasions (1988 to 2000) and was the silver medallist at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. [2]


His personal best of 47.10 seconds, achieved during the Weltklasse Zürich in 1991, is the current African record and ranks seventh on the all-time list. [3]

Competition record

Representing Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia
1988 World Junior Championships Sudbury, Canada 5th (h)400 m 46.88 [4]
5th400 m hurdles 51.70
Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 26th (h)400 m hurdles 51.06
1990 Commonwealth Games Auckland, New Zealand 5th400 m hurdles 50.34
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 1st400 m hurdles 47.64
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 24th (h)400 m hurdles 49.89 [4]
World Cup Havana, Cuba 1st400 m hurdles 48.88 [5]
1st4 × 400 m relay 3:02.14 [5]
1993 Universiade Buffalo, United States 4th400 m hurdles 50.31
World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 2nd400 m hurdles 47.60
1994 Commonwealth Games Victoria, Canada 1st400 m hurdles 48.67
Goodwill Games St. Petersburg, Russia 2nd400 m hurdles 47.98
World Cup London, United Kingdom 1st400 m hurdles 48.77 [5]
1st4 × 400 m relay 3:02.66 [5]
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 2nd400 m hurdles 48.03
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 2nd400 m hurdles 47.78
1997 World Championships Athens, Greece 5th400 m hurdles 48.11
1998 Goodwill Games Uniondale, United States 7th400 m hurdles 48.96
African Championships Dakar, Senegal 1st400 m hurdles48.58
World Cup Johannesburg, South Africa 1st400 m hurdles 48.08 [5]
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 12th (sf)400 m hurdles 49.28
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 10th (sf)400 m hurdles 48.98

Personal bests

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  1. Matete to train athletes. Lusaka Times. Retrieved on 2012-04-25.
  2. Samuel Matete. Sports Reference. Retrieved on 2012-04-25.
  3. 400 Metres Hurdles All Time. IAAF (2011-09-09). Retrieved on 2012-04-25.
  4. 1 2 Disqualified in the semifinals
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 Representing Africa
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Danny Harris
Men's 400 m Hurdles Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Kevin Young
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Davis Mwale
Flagbearer for Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia
Sydney 2000
Succeeded by
Davis Mwale