Sport: Athletics (400m)
Achievements: British 400m record holder, European, World, Commonwealth and Olympic medallist.
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Iwan Thomas is one of the finest 400m runners Britain has ever seen, having won medals at all major athletics championships. Remarkably, Iwan still holds the British 400m record of 44.36s - after more than 20 years.
He is also a keen charity supporter, which usually involves taking on a challenge. In the past, this has included running the London Marathon eight times for Macmillan Cancer and taking part in the gruelling Tough Mudder event, as well as various Triathlons.
More recently, he threw down the gauntlet at the 2018 Barry Island 10K. Iwan went up against a field of nearly 3,500 competitors in the July heat, with both his honour at stake and the knowledge that for every runner who beat him, Healthspan would donate £10 to charity. In the end, 281 runners crossed the line before Iwan, leading to a £2,810 donation to children’s charity Ty Hafan.
Iwan is an experienced TV presenter with a varied portfolio, including BBC2’s The Human Machine and Channel 4 sports programmes Destination 2012 and The McCain Track & Field Show. He was part of Channel 4’s Athletics coverage team for the 2012 Olympics, and was one of the main faces of the Channel 4 Bafta award-winning Paralympics team, with the honour of presenting at the Olympic & Paralympic Athletes parade alongside Clare Balding.
He was also a finalist on Celebrity Masterchef, where he was narrowly beaten in the final, but hugely improved his cooking skills. In 2015 he was one of four sporting legends to take part in Natural Born Winners for BBC Two, taking on four epic challenges against his other three opponents across the globe, each one tougher than the last. He then embarked on another challenge: donning glitzy outfits and taking to the dance floor for BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing, alongside former winner Ola Jordan.
In 2016, ahead of the Paralympic Games, he co-presented the new Superhuman Show on Channel 4, which also saw him going up against a number of Paralympic athletes to give viewers an insight into what it’s like to compete with a disability. He then headed to Rio in September to present the Channel 4 Athletics coverage of the Paralympic Games.