Nicola Sanders

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Club:Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow
Age Group:V40
Region:South East
Lead Coach:Tony Lester

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Domestic Championships Record
1998 – AAA U17 Indoor Championships 300m gold. AAA U17 Championships heptathlon gold
1999 – AAA U20 Championships 400m hurdles gold
2000 – AAA U20 Championships 400m hurdles gold
2003 – BUSA Championships 400m hurdles gold
2004 – AAA U23 Championships 400m hurdles gold. AAA Championships 400m hurdles silver
2005 – AAA Championships 400m hurdles gold
2006 – AAA Indoor Championships 400m gold. AAA Championships 400m gold
2007 – Norwich Union European Indoor Champs Trials 400m gold. Norwich Union World Trials 400m gold
2010 – Aviva European Trials & UK Championships 400m silver
2011 – Aviva World Trials & UK Championships 400m 5th
2012 – Aviva European Indoor Trials & UK Championships 400m bronze

Major Championships and International Record
2012 – IAAF World Indoor Championships 4x400m gold
2011 – IAAF World Championships 400m 6th sf, (4x400m 4th). Spar European Team Championships 4x400m silver
2010 – European Championships 4x400m silver
2009 – IAAF World Championships 400m 4th sf, (4x400m 4th). World Athletics Final 400m 4th
2008 – Olympic Games 400m 4th sf, (4x400m Bronze). European Cup 400m gold
2007 – IAAF World Championships 400m silver, (4x400m bronze). European Indoor Championships 400m gold, (4x400m bronze)
2006 – European Championships 400m 6th, (4x400m 4th). Commonwealth Games 400m hurdles 4th, (4x400m DQ)
2005 – IAAF World Championships 400m hurdles DQ sf, (4x400m bronze). World University Games 400m hurdles 6thm (4x400m 4th)
1999 – European Junior Championships 400m hurdles bronze. World Youth Championships 400m hurdles 4th

After showing great promise as a 400m hurdler, Nicola Sanders was forced to focus on the flat 400m because of persistent back and hamstring injuries. The Commonwealth Games in Melbourne was her last major championships at the 400m hurdles, but having run sub-51 seconds indoors for 400m, the transition to the flat was always going to be smooth. Sanders won the AAA Championships in the summer of 2006 before finishing sixth against a strong field at the European Championships in Gothenburg, but the 26-year-old came to prominence in the 2007 campaign. Nicola had the fastest time in the world prior to the European Indoor Championships in Birmingham of 50.60 but it was clear that Sanders had the potential to run faster and in the final in Birmingham, the 50-second barrier narrowly eluded her, as she blasted to a British record of 50.02, which moved her to fifth on the all-time lists. The following day, Sanders was a part of the 4x400m team, which won a bronze medal in a British record of 3:28.69.

After a good indoor campaign, she was tipped to break Kathy Cook’s longstanding British outdoor record, but a persistent Achilles injury badly affected the early part of her summer campaign, forcing her to miss the European Cup. Prior to the World Championships in Osaka, it appeared as though Sanders was only a pale shadow of her former self, having only broken the 51-second barrier once prior to the championships. However, things finally began to gel at the holding camp in Macau and her early season injury problems proved to be a blessing in disguise, as she peaked to perfection. Overlooked prior to the World Championships as a medal contender, Sanders pulverised her lifetime best, lowering it from 50.68 to 49.77, which made her arguably the pre-race favourite. In the final, Sanders was off the pace in the first 200m and looked out of contention, but the European Indoor champion came into the reckoning in the final 100m, passing Jamaica’s Novlene Williams in the final stages to snatch the silver medal and inches behind Christine Ohuruogu in a lifetime best of 49.65. Adding to her growing medal tally, the 26-year-old ran a storming last leg to anchor the British team to the bronze medal in the 4x400m relay.

Much was expected of Sanders in 2008, but for the second consecutive year, injuries limited her racing schedule and clearly not fully fit, Nicola was eliminated in the semi-final stages of the 400m in Beijing, but ran a season's best of 50.71, followed by a sub-50 relay leg in the 4x400m relay final.

In 2009 injury interrupted her season yet again after an encouraging start to the season which included a rare excursion over 800m in April with a 2:03.41 clocking at the Mt Sac Relays. Disappointingly she finished in fourth place in her semi-final at the World Championships in Berlin and in the same position at the IAAF World Athletics Final but still finished the season with a useful 50.45 to her name.

Incredibly, 2010 followed much the same pattern with injury wrecking her year yet again and although managing to finish second at the Aviva European Trials & UK Championships she was way below her best and only qualified for the 4x400m relay squad at the European Championships where she took home a well deserved bronze medal. 2011 proved to be just as frustrating with injury holding her back and although she made the semi-final stage at the World Championships she will be hoping 2012 brings her back to where she belongs.

Best known performances

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1998 1999 2000 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

2013 SEN Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow
8002:05.88AOxfordBMC Grand Prix20 Jul 13
8002:05.901BBromleyUK Women's League Premier Division3 Aug 13
8002:06.203AStretfordBMC Grand Prix17 Aug 13
8002:06.671BedfordCAU Inter-County Championships24 Aug 13
2012 SEN Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow
10011.90+-0.3m(200)ManchesterGreat CityGames20 May 12
20023.79st-0.34ManchesterGreat CityGames20 May 12
40052.333Bydgoszcz, POLBydgoszcz Cup3 Jun 12
40052.4242Rehlingen, GERPfingstsportfest28 May 12
40052.48i11BirminghamMidland Counties Open19 Feb 12
40052.627BirminghamSamsung Diamond League26 Aug 12
40052.633IWalnut CA, USAMt SAC Relays21 Apr 12
40052.693Heusden, BELKBC Night of Athletics7 Jul 12
40052.798Oslo, NORSamsung Diamond League Bislett Games7 Jun 12
40053.073ASollentuna, SWEFolksam Grand Prix5 Jul 12
40053.11i3SheffieldAviva European Indoor Trials & UK Championships12 Feb 12
40053.21i4BirminghamAviva Grand Prix18 Feb 12
40053.375BirminghamAviva British Championships inc. Olympic Trials23 Jun 12
40053.652h2BirminghamAviva British Championships inc. Olympic Trials22 Jun 12
40053.71i2s2SheffieldAviva European Indoor Trials & UK Championships11 Feb 12
40055.22i4h4SheffieldAviva European Indoor Trials & UK Championships11 Feb 12
400DNS-h4Helsinki, FINEuropean Championships27 Jun 12
400L51.5L2Helsinki, FINEuropean Championships1 Jul 12
400L52.01L3Helsinki, FINEuropean Championships30 Jun 12
400L52.48iL2Istanbul, TURIAAF World Indoor Championships11 Mar 12
2011 SEN Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow
20024.28-1.21BEdinburghUK Women's League Premier Division2 Jul 11
40051.841Ninove, BELMemorial Rasschaert6 Aug 11
40051.9211Mannheim, GERWM-Testwettkampf13 Aug 11
40051.946Barcelona, ESPMíting Internacional d´Atletisme Ciutat de Barcelona22 Jul 11
40052.463Brussels, BELBrussels Grand Prix10 Jul 11
40052.476s1Daegu, KORIAAF World Championships28 Aug 11
40052.655h5Daegu, KORIAAF World Championships27 Aug 11
40052.695BirminghamAviva British Championships inc. World Trials30 Jul 11
40052.812h2BirminghamAviva British Championships inc. World Trials29 Jul 11
40052.9213Namur, BELAthletissima Namur29 Jun 11
40053.691h3BedfordEngland Senior Championships (inc Parallel Success)16 Jul 11
400L50.7L2Daegu, KORIAAF World Championships3 Sep 11
400L51.31L2h3Daegu, KORIAAF World Championships2 Sep 11
400L52.4L2h2Stockholm, SWESpar European Team Championships19 Jun 11
2010 SEN Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow
40052.702ABirminghamAviva British Championships inc. European Trials26 Jun 10
40052.781h4BirminghamAviva British Championships inc. European Trials25 Jun 10
40052.7841La Chaux-de-Fonds, SUIRésisprint International4 Jul 10
40052.897GatesheadIAAF Diamond League Aviva British Grand Prix10 Jul 10
40053.952Crystal PalaceSouthern Counties U20/Senior Championships13 Jun 10
40054.771h1Crystal PalaceSouthern Counties U20/Senior Championships12 Jun 10
400L52.0L1Barcelona, ESPEuropean Championships1 Aug 10
400L52.14L3Bergen, NOREuropean Team Championships19 Jun 10
400L52.6eL1Barcelona, ESPEuropean Championships31 Jul 10
2009 SEN Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow
20023.890.151Geneva, SUIAthletica Genève EAP Meeting6 Jun 09
200LNTL2Philadelphia PA, USAPenn Relays23 Apr 09
40050.454s2Berlin, GERIAAF World Championships16 Aug 09
40050.804Shanghai, CHNShanghai Golden Grand Prix20 Sep 09
40051.014Thessalonika, GREIAAF World Athletics Final13 Sep 09
40051.026Zürich, SUIWeltklasse IAAF Golden League28 Aug 09
40051.211Réthymno, GREVardinoyannia20 Jul 09
40051.388Brussels, BELMemorial Van Damme IAAF Golden League4 Sep 09
40051.541Crystal PalaceAviva London Grand Prix24 Jul 09
40051.551BStockholm, SWEDN Galan31 Jul 09
40051.642h6Berlin, GERIAAF World Championships15 Aug 09
40051.892Rehlingen, GERInternational Pfingstsportfest1 Jun 09
40051.957Doha, QATIAAF Super Grand Prix8 May 09
400L50.35L4Berlin, GERIAAF World Championships23 Aug 09
400L51.00L1h2Berlin, GERIAAF World Championships22 Aug 09
8002:03.4111Walnut CA, USAMt. SAC Relays18 Apr 09
2008 SEN Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow
40050.714s3Beijing, CHNOlympic Games17 Aug 08
40050.881Milan, ITANotturna di Milano2 Jul 08
40051.1132Lausanne, SUIAthletissima 20082 Sep 08
40051.171Annecy, FRASpar European Cup21 Jun 08
40051.272Crystal PalaceAviva London Grand Prix25 Jul 08
40051.793GatesheadAviva Grand Prix31 Aug 08
40051.812h6Beijing, CHNOlympic Games16 Aug 08
400L49.54L4Beijing, CHNOlympic Games23 Aug 08
400L50.95L1h1Beijing, CHNOlympic Games22 Aug 08
2007 SEN Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow
20023.31i+mBirminghamEuropean Indoor Championships3 Mar 07
30036.0i+mBirminghamEuropean Indoor Championships3 Mar 07
30036.17+3Osaka, JPNIAAF World Championships29 Aug 07
30036.641Glasgow (S)Norwich Union Classic3 Jun 07
40049.652Osaka, JPNIAAF World Championships29 Aug 07
40049.771s2Osaka, JPNIAAF World Championships27 Aug 07
40050.02i1BirminghamEuropean Indoor Championships3 Mar 07
40050.342Brussels, BELIAAF Golden League, Van Damme Memorial14 Sep 07
40050.445Stuttgart, GERIAAF World Athletics Final23 Sep 07
40050.60i1SheffieldNorwich Union European Indoor Trials11 Feb 07
40050.60i1BirminghamNorwich Union Indoor Grand Prix17 Feb 07
40050.703Berlin, GERIAAF Golden League, ISTAF16 Sep 07
40050.974Crystal PalaceNorwich Union Super Grand Prix3 Aug 07
40051.011Don ValleyNorwich Union British Grand Prix15 Jul 07
40051.06i1s2BirminghamEuropean Indoor Championships2 Mar 07
40051.331SportcityNorwich Union British Championships inc. World Trials28 Jul 07
40051.452h2Osaka, JPNIAAF World Championships26 Aug 07
40051.876Lausanne, SUIAthletissima10 Jul 07
40052.15i1h2BirminghamEuropean Indoor Championships2 Mar 07
40052.22i1s2SheffieldNorwich Union European Indoor Trials10 Feb 07
40052.471h3SportcityNorwich Union British Championships inc. World Trials27 Jul 07
40054.35i1h2SheffieldNorwich Union European Indoor Trials10 Feb 07
400L48.76L4Osaka, JPNIAAF World Championships2 Sep 07
400L50.60iL2BirminghamEuropean Indoor Championships4 Mar 07
400L51.34L4h2Osaka, JPNIAAF World Championships1 Sep 07
2006 SEN Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow
20023.68i+mSheffieldAAA Indoor Championships12 Feb 06
30037.8i+ems2SheffieldAAA Indoor Championships11 Feb 06
40050.684Crystal PalaceNorwich Union London Grand Prix28 Jul 06
40050.72i1SheffieldAAA Indoor Championships12 Feb 06
40050.741SportcityNorwich Union European Trials inc AAA Championships16 Jul 06
40050.876Gothenburg, SWEEuropean Championships10 Aug 06
40051.254s1Gothenburg, SWEEuropean Championships9 Aug 06
40051.471Rehlingen, GERRehlingen, GER5 Jun 06
40051.526GatesheadBritish Grand Prix11 Jun 06
40051.802h4Gothenburg, SWEEuropean Championships8 Aug 06
40051.8171Oslo, NORBislett Games2 Jun 06
40051.922Malaga, ESPEuropean Cup28 Jun 06
40051.94i1s2SheffieldAAA Indoor Championships11 Feb 06
40052.315BirminghamNorwich Union International19 Aug 06
40052.561h1SportcityNorwich Union European Trials inc AAA Championships15 Jul 06
40053.51i1h1SheffieldAAA Indoor Championships11 Feb 06
400L49.78L4Gothenburg, SWEEuropean Championships13 Aug 06
400L49.78L4Gothenburg, SWEEC13 Aug 06
400L51.16iL2GlasgowNorwich Union Indoor International28 Jan 06
400L51.3L2Malaga, ESPEuropean Cup29 Jun 06
400HW55.324Melbourne, AUSCommonwealth Games23 Mar 06
400HW55.763h2Melbourne, AUSCommonwealth Games22 Mar 06
400HW55.932Brisbane, AUSTelstra Aseries3 Mar 06
2005 SEN Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow
20024.18-2.62AshfordSouth of England Championships19 Jun 05
40051.951Namur, BEL-1 Jul 05
40053.171BBedfordBIG (Bedford International Games)12 Jun 05
40053.291WiganUK Women's League Division 14 Jun 05
400L50.80L3Helsinki, FINIAAF World Championships14 Aug 05
400L51.38L3h2Helsinki, FINIAAF World Championships13 Aug 05
400HW55.611SportcityAAA Championships inc. Senior Invitation10 Jul 05
400HW55.996Izmir, TURFISU Summer Universiade20 Aug 05
400HW56.391Celle Ligure, ITA-16 Jun 05
400HW56.402ABrasschaat, BELBrasschaat, BEL24 Jul 05
400HW56.743s2Izmir, TURFISU Summer Universiade18 Aug 05
400HW56.836h1Helsinki, FINIAAF World Championships10 Aug 05
400HW56.981h1Izmir, TURFISU Summer Universiade17 Aug 05
400HW56.993Uden, HOL-25 Jun 05
400HW57.892BedfordCAU Inter Counties Championships30 May 05
400HW58.711h3SportcityAAA Championships inc. Senior Invitation9 Jul 05
400HW59.551h2BedfordCAU Inter Counties Championships30 May 05
2004 U23 Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow
400HW58.282Manchester (SC)vGER,ITA-2324 Jul 04
2003 U23 Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow
400HW58.991BedfordBUSA Championships4 May 03
2002 U23 Wycombe
8002:16.51HayesD37 Sep 02
2000 U20 Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow
400HW59.191EdinburghCommonwealth Youth Games13 Aug 00
400HW60.076h1Santiago, CHIIAAF World U20/Junior Championships19 Oct 00
400HW61.621Don ValleyESAA English Schools' Championships8 Jul 00
1999 U20 Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow
400HW58.964Bydgoszcz, POLIAAF World Youth Championships17 Jul 99
400HW59.213Riga, LATEuropean Junior Championships7 Aug 99
400HW59.813h2Riga, LATEuropean Junior Championships5 Aug 99
400HW60.931h3Bydgoszcz, POLIAAF World Youth Championships16 Jul 99
1998 U17 Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow
30039.073HaringeySouth of England Championships24 May 98
30039.95i1BirminghamAAA Age Group Championships21 Feb 98
Total Performances: 149
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