Tom Hanlon (athlete)

Tom Hanlon (born 20 May 1967) is a Scottish former athlete who competed mainly in the 3000 metres steeplechase. He represented Great Britain at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. He also represented Great Britain at two World Championships, and Scotland at two Commonwealth Games. His best time for the 3000m steeplechase of 8:12.58 on 3 August 1991 in Monaco, is the Scottish record (as of 2016) and ranks him third on the British all-time list behind Mark Rowland and Colin Reitz.

Hanlon was born in West Germany. His father was a royal signals warrant officer. He finished fourth in the 2000m steeplechase at both the 1985 European Junior Championships, and the 1986 World Junior Championships. After finishing a disappointing 12th at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in January, he went on to finish sixth at the 1990 European Championships in August. He ran 8:18.14 to finish sixth in the 3000m steeplechase final at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. He also reached the World Championship finals in 1991 and 1993.

Hanlon, who also worked in advertising and sports magazines in the 1980s,[1] is a four-time Scottish champion at 1500m (1987–90).[2][3] He also finished second at the AAA Championships in the 3000 m steeplechase (1990) and the 1500m (1992).

International competitionsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Great Britain /   Scotland
1985 World Cross Country Championships Lisbon, Portugal 47th 8.2 km (junior race) 24:10
European Junior Championships Cottbus, East Germany 4th 2000 m steeplechase 5:39.43
1986 World Cross Country Championships Neuchatel, Switzerland 134th 7.75 km (junior race) 25:57
World Junior Championships Athens, Greece 4th 2000 m steeplechase 5:32.84
Commonwealth Games Edinburgh, United Kingdom 10th 3000 m steeplechase 8:53.56
1989 World Cup Barcelona, Spain 5th 3000 m steeplechase 8:28.34
1990 Commonwealth Games Auckland, New Zealand 12th 3000 m steeplechase 8:45.76
European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 6th 3000 m steeplechase 8:21.73
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 11th 3000 m steeplechase 8:41.14
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 6th 3000 m steeplechase 8:18.14
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 15th 3000 m steeplechase 8:45.62
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 10th 3000 m steeplechase 8:36.06


  1. ^ Gillon, Doug (August 4, 1989). "Tom draws on experience as he chases the barrier". The Glasgow Herald.
  2. ^ "GBR Athletics". GBR Athletics. Retrieved 2014-02-02. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Scottish distance running history". Scottish distance running history. Retrieved 2014-02-02. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)