Jon Brown

Jon Brown (actually: Jonathan Michael Brown, born February 27, 1971 in Bridgend, Wales ) is a Canadian long-distance runner of British origin.

In 1994 he was. At the Commonwealth Games in Victoria fifth over 5000 meters at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta tenth in the 10,000 m and at the 1998 European Athletics Championships in Budapest fourth over the same distance At the European Championship in cross-country running, he won gold in 1996 and 1999, bronze; his best finish at the World Cross Country Championships was an eighth place 1999 Two recent British records were set by him. 1994 15 - km road race with 42:39 minutes and 1998 in the 10,000 -meter run with 27:18,14 min.

In 1997 he turned to the marathon. A ninth place at the Chicago Marathon in 2:10:13 hours followed in 1998 by an eighth place in the London Marathon. In the same place he improved in 1999 as fourth in 2:09:44 h At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, he was fourth with just seven seconds behind the bronze medal.

After a sixth place at the New York City Marathon 2001, he was sidelined because of injuries for a long time. In 2004 he entered the London Marathon in 2:13:39 h at number 15, thus became a British marathon champion and qualified for the Olympic Games in Athens, where he finished fourth again.

The following year he defended sixth of the London Marathon its national championship titles and set his personal best with 2:09:31 h on. In the same year he finished ninth in New York, and in 2006 he finished seventh at the Fukuoka Marathon.

Brown, who has been living in Canada in 1996 and since 2005 has dual citizenship, will start in early 2008 for Canada. As a reason for the change, for which he was criticized by various sports officials, he called the lack of support by the British Association of Athletics Federations. The time of 2:12:27, which he ran ninth in the Fukuoka Marathon in 2008, was the fastest of a Canadian this year.

Jon Brown grew up in South Yorkshire and studied at Iowa State University. He lives with his German wife Martina and two children in Victoria (British Columbia). It starts in England for the City of Sheffield Athletics Club and in Canada for the Prairie Inn Harriers.