Malcolm Arnold (athletics coach)

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Malcolm Arnold OBE is an athletics coach working for UK Athletics and its predecessors since 1974. Currently, he is the National Event Coach for Hurdles and Senior Performance Coach for UK Athletics. He has attended every Olympic Games since Mexico City in 1968, 13 in all, as a coach to National Teams. He has been responsible for coaching athletes to more than 70 major medals over a 46-year coaching career. Retired December 31, 2016.


Born in Northwich, England on 4 April 1940. Graduate of Loughborough University (1958–1961). Teacher of Physical Education, Marple Hall Grammar School 1961 - 1964. Head of Physical Education, Rodway School, Bristol, 1964 - 1968. Director of Coaching, Uganda 1968 - 1972. While Director of Coaching in Uganda, he moved John Akii-Bua from 110M hurdles to 400m hurdles. After finishing 4th in the 1970 Commonwealth Games and running the fastest season time in 1971, he was not a big favourite for the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, having limited competition experience. Nevertheless, he won the final there, running the inside lane, setting a world record time of 47.82 seconds. UK National Coach, Wales, 1974 - 1994. Director of Coaching and Development UK Athletics and Head Coach, UK Athletics 1994-1997. Head Coach Great Britain Team, Atlanta Olympic Games 1996. Head Coach, UK Athletics Regional Performance Centre at the University of Bath from 1998 to date. Since 1998, 14 athletes who have trained at the Bath Regional Performance Centre have won 41 medals at major championships at Commonwealth, European, World and Olympic levels.

Contemplating retirement when Colin Jackson retired in 2003.[1] he was persuaded by UK Athletics to continue working.

Awarded the Mussabini Medal in 1999. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to athletics.[2][3] He was made an Honorary Doctor of Education by the University of Bath in 2013. He was elected to the Loughborough University Hall of Fame in 2014. He retired on December 31, 2016, after 42 years continuous service with British Athletics and its predecessors.He was given a British Athletics Lifetime Achievement Award in March 2017.

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Personal life[edit]

Arnold is married to Madelyn Arnold (née Morrissey). They have two children, Helen Rae and Andrew Arnold[permanent dead link] and five grand children, Oliver, Calum and Ewan Rae, and Emily and Alexander Arnold.[5]


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