Timothy David Benjamin (born 2 May 1982) is a former professional athlete from Wales. He specialised in the 400 metres, and in his teens was coached by Jock Anderson, in the same training group as Christian Malcolm. He then moved to live in Slough to be coached by Tony Lester; Marlon Devonish amongst others was one of his training partners.
|Born||2 May 1982|
South Glamorgan, Wales
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||76 kg (12 st 0 lb; 168 lb)|
|Country||Great Britain and Wales|
|Achievements and titles|
|World finals||2005 |
400 m- 5th Place
4x400 m Relay- 5th Place
|Highest world ranking||3 (Feb 2006)|
|Personal best(s)||60m 6.75 (2000) |
100 m 10.48 (2000)
200 m 20.67 (2001)
400 m 44.56 (2005)
|Updated on 24 November 2006.|
As a youngster, he ran over 200 metres, and won several junior titles, including the World Youth Championship in 1999. Soon after, he began to concentrate on the 400 m, and was selected for the relay squad at the World Championships in Athletics in Edmonton in 2001.
By 2002 he had established himself as one of Britain's best athletes, winning the British AAA title, and running in the successful Team GB squad at the European Cup. In the Commonwealth Games that year, he helped guide Wales to a silver medal in the controversial 4 × 400 metres relay, which was won by England, and disputed by many, including the athletes themselves. It was during that year also that he earned a silver in the European Athletics U23 Championships in Poland.
Following a number of injuries, he announced his retirement from athletics in 2009.
He reached the semi-finals of the 2004 Olympics, and won the 400 m race at the 2004 European Cup. Further achievements in the 400 m came in 2005: he came fifth at the World Championships and took silver at the World Athletics Final.
At the 2006 European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg, he won the silver medal in the 4x400 m relay with the British team, as the finishing sprinter, along with Robert Tobin, Rhys Williams and Graham Hedman, in a time of 3:01.63. He finished sixth in the final of the individual event.
In late 2006, he announced that he was moving back to his hometown of Cardiff to be coached by former 100 metres hurdles world record holder Colin Jackson, whilst fellow Welsh relay member Rhys Williams would also be moving back from Loughborough.
Benjamin suffered a number of injuries and decided to bring an end to his athletics career in mid-2009. Citing his disappointment in missing the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he said that "taking an individual or relay spot in the Berlin World Championships from an aspiring 2012 Olympian would be disingenuous and unfair".
Benjamin is married to a sweetheart from his schooldays, Natalie Lewis, an accomplished Welsh middle distance specialist in her own right. They married in November 2007. His father is a highly regarded professor of Biosciences at Cardiff University.
Last updated 6 April 2009
|100 metres||10.48||Radyr Comprehensive School (Sports Day)||2000|
|200 metres||20.67||Cardiff, Wales||17 June 2001|
|400 metres||44.56||Monaco||9 September 2005|
- All information taken from IAAF profile.