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Andrew Hart, also referred to as Andy Hart (born 13 September 1969) is a retired English middle distance runner who specialized in the 800 metres. His personal best time was 1:45.71 minutes, achieved when he placed fifth at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, his most prestigious championship achievement. He also competed at the Olympic Games once, in 2000.

Career

Hart was somewhat of a late bloomer, not recording noteworthy results until in his late twenties. One of his first achievements was the victory in the 1500 metres event at the British Universities Championships in 1994, although in a modest time of 3:50.79 minutes.[1]

He later concentrated on the 800 metres. His first major international competition came in the 1996–97 indoor season, when he competed at the World Indoor Championships. He did reach the semi-final,[2] but lost his heat and failed to reach the final.[3] Later that year he competed at the 1997 World Championships. Here, he was knocked out in the quarter-final.[2] He also won the UK Championships in 1997, running in 1:46.36 minutes.[4]

In 1998 Hart recorded his career best performances. First, he finished third at the European Cup event, which the British team won.[5] In September he finished sixth at the IAAF World Cup.[2] A week later he entered the 1998 Commonwealth Games, and finished fifth. With a time of 1:45.71 minutes, he was the fastest non-African in the race, only beaten by Japheth Kimutai, Hezekiél Sepeng, Johan Botha and Savieri Ngidhi. Hart beat compatriot Bradley Donkin, who finished sixth, with a second.[6] With this, Hart and Donkin topped the British season's list.[7] 1:45.71 minutes was also Hart's lifetime best performance.[8]

In the next two seasons he competed at the 1999 World Indoor Championships and the 2000 Olympic Games. In both competitions he failed to progress past the first round.[2] He did become the Amateur Athletics Association indoor champion in 1999,[9] and was the runner-up at the 2000 AAA Championships.[10] He currently teaches Physical education at Mckinnon Secondary college and specialzes in running

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Personal life

Hart is a physical education teacher by occupation. He taught at Cirencester Kingshill School in England from mid-1998 to July 2006 before moving to teach in Australia the following month. He and his wife have two sons, born in July 2006 and November 2009. Currently, Andy is head coach of Middle Distance at Scotch College in Melbourne.He was also educated at Campion High School Royal Leamington Spa England. Andy is secretly training to try and beat the veterans world record for 800m at 1.51 he is currently way down at 1.59!

References

  1. ^ "British Universities Championships". GBR Athletics. Athletics Weekly. http://www.gbrathletics.com/bc/busa.htm. Retrieved 13 February 2009.  
  2. ^ a b c d IAAF profile for Andrew Hart. Retrieved on 13 February 2009.
  3. ^ "1997 World Indoor Championships, men's 800 metres semi-final". Die Leichtatletik-Statistik-Seite. http://www.maik-richter.de/results/indoor/world/1997/m97_11.html. Retrieved 13 February 2009.  
  4. ^ "UK Championships". GBR Athletics. Athletics Weekly. http://www.gbrathletics.com/bc/uk.htm. Retrieved 13 February 2009.  
  5. ^ "European Cup A Final and Super League (Men)". GBR Athletics. Athletics Weekly. http://www.gbrathletics.com/ic/epm.htm. Retrieved 13 February 2009.  
  6. ^ "1998 Commonwealth Games, men's 800 metres top eight". Sporting Heroes. http://www.sporting-heroes.net/athletics-heroes/stats_athletics/commonwealth/1998_m.asp#800. Retrieved 13 February 2009.  
  7. ^ "UK Top Performers 1980-2005: Men (Outdoor)". GBR Athletics. Athletics Weekly. http://www.gbrathletics.com/tp/gbrm.htm. Retrieved 13 February 2009.  
  8. ^ "UK All-Time Lists: Men - Track (800-5000)". GBR Athletics. Athletics Weekly. http://www.gbrathletics.com/uk/mb99.htm. Retrieved 13 February 2009.  
  9. ^ "AAA Indoor Championships (Men)". GBR Athletics. Athletics Weekly. http://www.gbrathletics.com/bc/aaai.htm. Retrieved 13 February 2009.  
  10. ^ "AAA Championships (Men)". GBR Athletics. Athletics Weekly. http://www.gbrathletics.com/bc/aaa.htm. Retrieved 13 February 2009.  

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