Steve Jones (athlete)

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Steve Jones at the 1984 Swindon Half Marathon

Steve Jones ( Stephen Henry Jones ; born August 4, 1955 in Tredegar , Wales ) is a retired British long-distance runner .


He competed ten times between 1977 and 1987 for Wales at the World Cross Country Championships , was three times in the top ten and won the bronze medal in 1984. He was Welsh champion nine times in cross-country , twice over 5000 m and once over 10,000 m .

In 1983 he set his best time over 10,000 m with 27: 39.14 min and finished twelfth over this distance at the World Athletics Championships in Helsinki . At the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, he was eighth over 10,000 m and in 1986 he won bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh over the same distance. At the European Athletics Championships in 1982 in Athens he came eighth in the 10,000 m and in 1986 in Stuttgart in the marathon in 20th place.

In 1984 he won the Chicago Marathon and set a world record in the marathon with 2:08:05 h . In 1985 he won the London Marathon in 2:08:16 hours and repeated his victory in Chicago , where he with 2:07:13 hours for a second about the new world record was the Carlos Lopes in the same year at the Rotterdam Marathon set would have. However, his time stood as a British record for over 32 years before it was beaten by Mo Farah in the 2018 London Marathon . In 1986 he finished second in the Great North Run in 1:00:59 h, the fastest time a British runner had ever done on the half marathon distance. However, this does not count as a record because of the gradient of the route.

In 1988 he won the New York City Marathon . At the marathon of the World Athletics Championships in 1993 in Stuttgart, he was thirteenth.

Steve Jones now lives in Boulder (Colorado) .

Best times

  • 3000 m : 7: 49.80 min, July 13, 1984, London
  • 5000 m: 13: 18.6 min, June 10, 1982, Lisbon
  • 10,000 m: 27: 39.14 min, July 9, 1983, Oslo
  • 10-km- road race : 27:59 min, April 28, 1984, Birmingham
  • 15 km: 43:07 min, February 11, 1989, Tampa
  • Half marathon: 1:01:14 h, August 11, 1985, Birmingham
  • Marathon: 2:07:13 h, October 20, 1985, Chicago

Web links


  1. 36th IAAF World Cross Country Championships - Facts & Figures ( Memento from May 9, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  2. National Crosscountry Champions for Wales
  3. National Outdoor 5000m Championships for Wales
  4. National Outdoor 10,000m Championships for Wales