Martyn Rooney

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Club:Croydon/Loughborough Students
Gender:Male
Date of Birth:03/04/1987
Age Group:SEN
County:Surrey
Region:London
Nation:England
Lead Coach:Rana Reider

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Domestic Championships Record
2005 – AAA U20 Championships 400m gold
2006 – AAA Championships 400m silver
2007 – Norwich Union World Champs Trials 400m silver
2008 – Olympic Trials 400m gold
2010 – Aviva European Trials & UK Championships 400m gold
2011 – Aviva World Trials & UK Championships 400m gold
2012 – Aviva Olympic Trials & UK Championships 400m gold

Major Championships and International Record
2013 – IAAF World Championships 4x400m 4th
2012 – Olympic Games 5th sf, 4x400m 4th
2011 – World Championships 400m 7th sf, (4x400m 7th)
2010 – European Championships 400m bronze, (4x400m silver)
2009 – World Championships 400m 7th sf2, (2nd 4x400m)
2008 – Olympic Games 400m 6th, (4x400m 4th). European Cup 400m gold, (4x400m silver)
2007 – World Championships 400m 400m 4th ht, (4x400m 6th)
2006 – Commonwealth Games 400m 5th, (4x400m 4th). World Junior Championships 400m bronze, (4x400m bronze)
2005 – World Championships 4x400m 4th. European Junior Championships 400m silver, (4x400m gold)

Martyn Rooney initially trained and competed at the middle distance events of 800m and 1500m and also participated in cross country events throughout the winter months. His talent for the 400m was discovered by coincidence when he was asked to make up some points for his club at a London fixture. He made a great impact in 2005 when he won the national junior title, before winning a silver medal at the European Junior Championships, followed by a storming leg in the 4x400m relay at the World Championships in Helsinki.

Rooney gained selection for the Commonwealth Games in 2006, and he did not disappoint. In the heats, Rooney lowered his lifetime best from 45.99 to 45.69, before improving further in the semi-finals, lowering Roger Black’s national junior record to 45.35. In the final, Rooney finished fifth at the age of 18, in one of the most competitive events of the championships.

However, injury ravaged the following two summer campaigns. In 2006, Rooney won the bronze medal at the World Junior Championships, when many people expected him to claim the gold medal and at the World Championships in 2007, Rooney did not progress through the heats.

Free of injury, Rooney had a superb 2008 campaign and was unbeaten in 11 straight races prior to the Olympic Games. In his third race of the year, Rooney revised his lifetime best, clocking 45.19, which was followed by victories in Ostrava, the European Cup and the Olympic Trials, before finally breaking the 45-second barrier in London, winning a high quality race in a PB of 44.83, before winning in Monaco, running 44.72 and went to Bejing with an outside chance of a medal. He won his heat, and set another lifetime best of 44.60 on his way to the final in which he was a very respectable sixth.

2009 was to be another frustrating year with injury disrupting his preparations for the World Championships in Berlin. After a good start to the season in June with a 45.35 clocking in Switzerland, injury curtailed his racing and his season was basically started again in August with an obvious lack of sharpness required to be competitive. However, after exiting the World Championships at the semi-final stage in seventh place his season began to show promise with a good second place at the Gateshead Grand Prix, but lack of conditioning meant that this was a season of false hopes. 2010 started off promisingly with a 44.99 clocking to win the Aviva European Trials in Birmingham and he went on to claim a bronze medal at the European Championships in a close fought race and in the 4x400m relay picked up his second medal anchoring the team to a silver medal in another close run race just behind the Russian quartet and ahead of the Belgian squad. 2011 followed much the same pattern with good early season form not being translated into his undoubted ability at the World Championships in Daegu.

Best known performances
EventPB2014201320122011201020092008200720062005200420032001
607.12i7.12i7.19i7.24i7.25i
20021.08/20.87w21.0820.87w21.3322.2
40044.6044.7145.0544.9245.3044.9945.3544.6045.4745.3546.4447.46
6001:16.91:16.9
8001:50.551:53.521:50.551:54.01:58.52:14.56
15004:12.94:12.95:03.92

Performances Submit
2001 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

2014 SEN Croydon/Loughborough Students
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
40044.711Zürich, SUIEuropean Championships15 Aug 14
40045.033Ostrava, CZEGolden Spike17 Jun 14
40045.104Zurich, SUIWeltklasse28 Aug 14
40045.142Berlin, GERISTAF31 Aug 14
40045.154Hampden ParkCommonwealth Games30 Jul 14
40045.175Hampden ParkSainsbury's Glasgow Grand Prix12 Jul 14
40045.221s1Hampden ParkCommonwealth Games29 Jul 14
40045.253BirminghamBritish Athletics Grand Prix24 Aug 14
40045.322Montreuil-sous-Bois, FRAMeeting Pro Athlé Tour de Montreuil7 Jul 14
40045.401s2Zürich, SUIEuropean Championships13 Aug 14
40045.481h5Zürich, SUIEuropean Championships12 Aug 14
40045.526Eugene OR, USAPrefontaine Classic IAAF Diamond League31 May 14
40045.5631Gainesville FL, USATom Jones Memorial Invitational19 Apr 14
40045.571h7Hampden ParkCommonwealth Games28 Jul 14
40045.684Hengelo, NEDFBK Games8 Jun 14
40045.7511Clermont FL, USANTC/PURE Athletics Spring Invitational26 Apr 14
40045.781BirminghamBritish Athletics UK Championships (Inc European Trials)29 Jun 14
40045.913Atlanta GA, USAAmerican Track League16 May 14
40045.925Baie Mahault, FRAMeeting international region Guadeloupe10 May 14
40046.031s1BirminghamBritish Athletics UK Championships (Inc European Trials)28 Jun 14
40046.721h2BirminghamBritish Athletics UK Championships (Inc European Trials)27 Jun 14
400L43.93L4Zürich, SUIEuropean Championships17 Aug 14
400L44.3L4Nassau, BAHIAAF World Relays25 May 14
400L44.4L4h1Nassau, BAHIAAF World Relays24 May 14
400L44.50L4h1Zürich, SUIEuropean Championships16 Aug 14
400L45.8L1Gainesville FL, USAFlorida Relays3 Apr 14
8001:53.5281Gainesville FL, USAFlorida Relays4 Apr 14
2013 SEN Croydon/Loughborough Students
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
20021.080.72LoughboroughLoughborough International19 May 13
40045.051Brussels, BELDiamond League Belgacom Memorial Van Damme6 Sep 13
40045.291AZagreb, CROHanžeković Memorial3 Sep 13
40045.421Linz, AUTGugl Games26 Aug 13
40046.004Rabat, MARIAAF World Challenge Meeting International Mohammed VI9 Jun 13
40046.116Oslo, NORDiamond League Exxonmobile Bislett Games13 Jun 13
40046.311LoughboroughLoughborough International19 May 13
40046.319Rome, ITADiamond League Golden Gala6 Jun 13
400L44.5L2Moscow, RUSIAAF World Championships16 Aug 13
400L44.77L4h1Moscow, RUSIAAF World Championships15 Aug 13
400L45.6L3LoughboroughLoughborough International19 May 13
400LDNF-Philadelphia PA, USAPenn Relays27 Apr 13
2012 SEN Croydon/Loughborough Students
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
40044.921IWalnut CA, USAMt SAC Relays21 Apr 12
40044.972Hengelo, NEDFanny Blankers-Koen Games27 May 12
40044.994Doha, QATSamsung Diamond League11 May 12
40045.172AMadrid, ESPMeeting de Madrid7 Jul 12
40045.316Crystal PalaceSamsung Diamond League14 Jul 12
40045.315s3Olympic ParkOlympic Games5 Aug 12
40045.362h7Olympic ParkOlympic Games4 Aug 12
40045.526Monaco, MONSamsung Diamond League20 Jul 12
40045.526Lausanne, SUISamsung Diamond League23 Aug 12
40045.565Brussels, BELSamsung Diamond League7 Sep 12
40045.696BirminghamSamsung Diamond League26 Aug 12
40045.781Zagreb, CROWorld Challenge Zagreb4 Sep 12
40045.9211Los Angeles CA, USARafer Johnson & Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational14 Apr 12
40045.931BirminghamAviva Olympic Trials & UK Championships24 Jun 12
40046.241h3BirminghamAviva Olympic Trials & UK Championships23 Jun 12
400L44.09L4Olympic ParkOlympic Games10 Aug 12
400L44.7LoughboroughLoughborough International20 May 12
400L44.844Lh1Olympic ParkOlympic Games9 Aug 12
2011 SEN Croydon/Loughborough Students
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
20020.87w2.111Irvine CA, USASteve Scott Invitational1 May 11
40045.302h5Daegu, KORIAAF World Championships28 Aug 11
40045.441BirminghamAviva World Trials & UK Championships31 Jul 11
40045.631BLucerne, SUISpitzen Leichtathletik Luzern21 Jul 11
40045.636Zurich, SUISamsung Diamond League8 Sep 11
40045.641h1BirminghamAviva World Trials & UK Championships30 Jul 11
40045.878Crystal PalaceAviva London Grand Prix5 Aug 11
40046.097s2Daegu, KORIAAF World Championships29 Aug 11
40046.128Rome, ITASamsung Diamond League26 May 11
40046.182Rehlingen-Siersburg, GERInternationales Pfingstsportfest13 Jun 11
40046.193Rabat, MARMeeting international Mohammed VI5 Jun 11
40046.362Padua, ITAMeeting Internazionale Città di Padova17 Jul 11
400L44.12L4Daegu, KORIAAF World Championships2 Sep 11
400L44.56L4h1Daegu, KORIAAF World Championships1 Sep 11
2010 SEN Croydon/Loughborough Students
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
40044.9911Geneva, SUIAtletica Genève EAP Meeting12 Jun 10
40044.991BirminghamAviva European Trials and UK Championships27 Jun 10
40045.003s1Barcelona, ESPEuropean Championships28 Jul 10
40045.233Barcelona, ESPEuropean Championships30 Jul 10
40045.443GatesheadAviva British Grand Prix10 Jul 10
40045.453Rabat, MARIAAF World Challenge Meeting6 Jun 10
40045.671ABergen, NOREuropean Team Championships19 Jun 10
40045.676Zürich, SUIWeltklasse IAAF Diamond League19 Aug 10
40045.722h1Barcelona, ESPEuropean Championships27 Jul 10
40045.852IWalnut CA, USAMt. SAC Relays17 Apr 10
40045.896ACrystal PalaceAviva London Grand Prix Diamond League14 Aug 10
40045.901h2BirminghamAviva European Trials and UK Championships26 Jun 10
40046.084Berlin, GERISTAF IAAF World Challenge Meeting22 Aug 10
40046.101Loughborough Loughborough International23 May 10
400L44.48L4Barcelona, ESPEuropean Championships1 Aug 10
400L44.71L4Split, CROIAAF / VTB Bank Continental Cup5 Sep 10
2009 U23 Croydon/Loughborough Students
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
607.12i12.5LoughboroughLoughborough University Open21 Feb 09
607.16i41.1LoughboroughLoughborough University Open21 Feb 09
607.16i42.1LoughboroughLoughborough University Open21 Feb 09
40045.352La Chaux-de-Fonds, SUIResisprint International28 Jun 09
40045.453h7Berlin, GERIAAF World Championships18 Aug 09
40045.472GatesheadAviva British Grand Prix31 Aug 09
40045.635Crystal PalaceAviva London Grand Prix25 Jul 09
40045.715Rieti, ITARieti Meeting6 Sep 09
40045.835Brussels, BELMemorial Van Damme IAAF Golden League4 Sep 09
40045.987s2Berlin, GERIAAF World Championships19 Aug 09
40046.227Monte Carlo, MONHerculis Meeting28 Jul 09
400L44.83L4Berlin, GERIAAF World Championships23 Aug 09
400L44.99L4h1Berlin, GERIAAF World Championships22 Aug 09
2008 U23 Croydon/Loughborough Students
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
607.19i12LoughboroughLoughborough Indoor Meeting2 Feb 08
607.24i11LoughboroughLoughborough Indoor Meeting2 Feb 08
40044.602s3Beijing, CHNOlympic Games19 Aug 08
40044.721Monaco, MONHerculis29 Jul 08
40044.831ACrystal PalaceAviva London Grand Prix26 Jul 08
40045.001h4Beijing, CHNOlympic Games18 Aug 08
40045.126Beijing, CHNOlympic Games21 Aug 08
40045.1911Geneva, SUIAthletica Genève EAP Meeting31 May 08
40045.311BirminghamAviva National Championships inc Olympic Trials13 Jul 08
40045.321Ostrava, CZEGolden Spike12 Jun 08
40045.331Annecy, FRASpar European Cup21 Jun 08
40045.342Brussels, BELIAAF Golden League5 Sep 08
40045.351GatesheadAviva Grand Prix31 Aug 08
40045.441Milan, ITANotturna di Milano2 Jul 08
40045.461LoughboroughLoughborough International18 May 08
40045.522Rieti, ITARieti Grand Prix7 Sep 08
40045.825Stuttgart, GERIAAF World Athletics Final13 Sep 08
40045.881Walnut CA, USAMt. SAC Relays20 Apr 08
40046.162s2BirminghamAviva National Championships inc Olympic Trials12 Jul 08
40048.341h4BirminghamAviva National Championships inc Olympic Trials11 Jul 08
400L43.73L4Beijing, CHNOlympic Games23 Aug 08
400L44.17L4Annecy, FRASpar European Cup22 Jun 08
400L44.47L4h2Beijing, CHNOlympic Games22 Aug 08
2007 U23 Croydon/Loughborough Students
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
607.24i11.5LoughboroughLoughborough Indoor Open Meeting13 Jan 07
20021.330.04IALoughboroughLoughborough International20 May 07
20021.570.011LoughboroughLSAC vs Brunel16 May 07
40045.474h2Osaka, JPNIAAF World Championships28 Aug 07
40045.923r2Luzern, SUISpitzen Leichtathletik28 Jun 07
40045.932SportcityNorwich Union World Trials & AAA Championships29 Jul 07
40046.011BCrystal PalaceNorwich Union Super Grand Prix3 Aug 07
40046.023Geneva, SUIEAP Meeting9 Jun 07
40046.256Stuttgart, GERIAAF World Athletics Final22 Sep 07
40046.273Rovereto, ITAQuercia EAA Meeting12 Sep 07
40046.332s2SportcityNorwich Union World Trials & AAA Championships28 Jul 07
40046.375Don ValleyNorwich Union British Grand Prix15 Jul 07
40046.421Stavanger, NOREngland International13 Jun 07
40046.741h2SportcityNorwich Union World Trials & AAA Championships27 Jul 07
40047.148Padua, ITACitta di Padova8 Jul 07
400L44.17L4h1Osaka, JPNIAAF World Championships1 Sep 07
400L44.29L4Osaka, JPNIAAF World Championships2 Sep 07
400L44.95L3Munich, GERSpar European Cup (Men)24 Jun 07
2006 U20 Croydon/Loughborough Students
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
607.25i22.3LoughboroughLoughborough University Open Meeting14 Jan 06
607.28i41.4LoughboroughLoughborough University Open Meeting14 Jan 06
40045.352s1Melbourne, AUSCommonwealth Games21 Mar 06
40045.515Melbourne, AUSCommonwealth Games22 Mar 06
40045.677Crystal PalaceNorwich Union London Grand Prix28 Jul 06
40045.691h8Melbourne, AUSCommonwealth Games20 Mar 06
40045.873Beijing, CHNIAAF World Junior Championships17 Aug 06
40045.991Bellville, RSABellville, RSA17 Feb 06
40046.0112Melbourne, AUSTelstra Grand Prix9 Mar 06
40046.011s3Beijing, CHNIAAF World Junior Championships16 Aug 06
40046.202SportcityNorwich Union European Trials inc AAA Champs16 Jul 06
40046.2161Lucerne, SUILuzern, SUI6 Jul 06
40046.251h3Beijing, CHNIAAF World Junior Championships15 Aug 06
40046.283Rovereto, ITARovereto, Ita30 Aug 06
40046.471h1SportcityNorwich Union European Trials inc AAA Champs15 Jul 06
40046.962s2SportcityNorwich Union European Trials inc AAA Champs15 Jul 06
400L44.5L4Melbourne, AUSCommonwealth Games25 Mar 06
2005 U20 Croydon/Loughborough Students
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
20022.21NewhamPlaistow30 Jul 05
40046.441BedfordAAA U23U20 Champs3 Jul 05
40046.562Kaunas, LTU22 Jul 05
40046.571s2Kaunas, LTU21 Jul 05
40046.751PortsmouthSOUTH OF ENGLAND JUNIOR CHAMPS29 May 05
40046.812LoughboroughLoughborough22 May 05
40047.31KingstonSURREY11 Jun 05
40047.651KingstonSurrey County Championships14 May 05
40047.853s2BedfordAAA U23U20 Champs2 Jul 05
40048.321h4BedfordAAA U23U20 Champs2 Jul 05
40048.381h2BirminghamESAA Champs8 Jul 05
40049.41AshfordDivision 3S Ashford7 May 05
400L44.9L2h3Helsinki, FINWC13 Aug 05
400L44.9L2Helsinki, FINWC14 Aug 05
6001:16.91Crawley-24 Sep 05
8001:50.553WatfordWATFORD OPEN GRADED7 Sep 05
8001:52.331KingstonSurrey County Championships15 May 05
15004:12.91HooMedway24 Apr 05
2004 U20 Croydon/Loughborough Students
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
40047.461IpswichIA-2022 Aug 04
8001:54.01SouthamptonTEAM SOLENT OPEN5 Sep 04
8001:55.032BedfordBedford International Games12 Jun 04
8001:55.11WatfordWATFORD OPEN GRADED MEETING Watford15 Sep 04
8001:55.291KingstonSURREY16 May 04
8001:56.31CroydonDivision 3 South31 Jul 04
8001:57.31HooMedway Division Hoo23 May 04
2003 U17 Croydon/Loughborough Students
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
8001:58.51CroydonSP Croydon1 Jun 03
8001:58.51LewesINTER-COUNTIES SCHOOLS South East Region Lewes21 Jun 03
8001:58.961KingstonSURREY (May 10/11) Kingsmeadow10 May 03
8001:58.981KingstonSurrey Schools14 Jun 03
8001:59.191BirminghamUKA YAL AUXILIARY FINAL ALEXANDER STADIUM30 Aug 03
8001:59.61HarrowSP Harrow18 May 03
8002:00.803h4Don ValleyESAA National Track & Field Championships11 Jul 03
8002:02.41Tooting BecHERNE HILL H OM inc CLUB Champs Tooting Bec20 Sep 03
8002:03.21BatterseaSP Battersea Park4 May 03
8002:03.52Crystal PalaceSWEATSHOP HERCULES WIMBLEDON AC YOUNG ATHLETES' Meet Crystal Palace6 Apr 03
2001 U15 Croydon/Loughborough Students
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
8002:14.565BirminghamYAL Aux Final1 Sep 01
15005:03.924BBirminghamYAL Aux Final1 Sep 01
Total Performances: 195
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