Gary Reed (athlete)

Gary Reed ( born October 25, 1981 in Corpus Christi, Texas ) is a Canadian middle-distance runner who specializes in the 800 - meter track.


The first major international appearance was Reed. During the World Athletics Championships 2003 in Paris / Saint- Denis With a time of 1:48,69 min over the 800 meters, he qualified third in his first runnings not for the semifinals.

This then succeeded a year later at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. In the semifinals, he retired from then, however, he was min with a time of 1:47,38 in the second semi-final run only seventh. He had won in 1:46,7 min his preliminary heat.

Finally again a year later he came at the World Championships in Helsinki, then to the final. With 1:46,20 min he came there eighth.

In 2006, grew through his good times his international reputation. On August 27, he ran the sports festival in Rieti a Canadian record. The 800 yards he managed in 1:43,93 min. This was the final leap into the world top.

On the international stage he proved it a year later at the World Championships in Osaka, where he won the silver medal. After a slow first round 55 seconds Reed led before the later fourth-placed Abraham Chepkirwok from Uganda to the field. Finally on the home straight, there was a fierce final sprint between Reed and the Kenyans Alfred Kirwa Yego. In 1:47,10 min Reed reached only a hundredth of a second after Yego the goal.

At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, he finished fourth at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, he bowed out of.

Personal Best

  • 400 m: 46.45 s, June 11, 2006, Victoria (British Columbia)
  • 800 m: 1:43,68 min 29 July, 2008, Monaco
  • 1000 meters: 2:18,68 min, August 7, 2007 Stockholm