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Thomas McKean (born 27 October 1963) is a Scottish former middle-distance runner. He won numerous gold and silver medals at world and European level.

Tom McKean
Personal information
Born27 October 1963

Athletics careerEdit

McKean was the winner of the European Championships 800m gold medal at Split in 1990.[1] McKean also won the 1990 European Indoor Championships final,[1] the 1993 IAAF World Indoor Championships 800 m final,[2] and the World Cup 800m race in 1989. In addition, he came first in all European Cup races from 1985 to 1991.[1] However, he failed to reach the Olympic final both in 1988, when he was disqualified for too much physical contact, and 1992.

McKean, who was born in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, was one of the favourites for the 1987 World Championships in Athletics 800 m. However, he caught the foot of Stephen Ole Marai in the final and suffered an injury which resulted in him finishing last. In first round qualifying for the 1991 World Championships in Athletics 800 m he slowed up too early before the line. He ended up third and failed to qualify. The two athletes ahead of him were eventual Gold and Bronze medalists Billy Konchellah and Mark Everett. McKean also won a silver medal in the 1986 European Championships in Athletics 800m splitting British teammates Sebastian Coe and Steve Cram,[1] an event memorably described by Ian Wooldridge as being "like three Spitfires coming out of the sun".[3] He set his personal best in London in 1989 at 1:43.88 min.

McKean represented Scotland in Commonwealth Games events. He picked up two silver medals. The second of those was in 1990 when he was part of the 4 × 400 m team for Scotland with Brian Whittle a teammate.

After AthleticsEdit

As of July 2006, McKean was a Strathclyde Police constable.[4]


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