Nigel Levine

Nigel Levine has made huge strides since breaking on to the Athletics scene in 2005. He made a big impact on the sport in his first full season recording a time of 46.31s and placing 4th at the European Junior Championships. In 2008, Nigel picked up his first international medal claiming Silver at the World Junior Championships in the 4x400m relay. He then followed this up with Silver at the European Indoor Championships in 2009 and his first international individual medal, taking silver at the European U23 Championships in the 400m.

 

In 2010 he continued his fine form and was part of the bronze medal GB 4x400m team at the World Indoor Championships in Doha. On the back of this success, Nigel was determined to go in to 2011 and pick up his first international individual Gold Medal. Going into the European U23 Championships full of confidence, Nigel managed to defeat a tough field and become European U23 Champion. In what was an action packed season, Nigel also claimed Silver in the 4x400m at the European Indoor Championships and was a key member of the 4x400m relay team at the World Championships in Daegu.

 

Nigel started 2012 strongly and was looking like the one to watch come the summer. Firstly, Winning the 200m at the Birmingham Games, Nigel then went on to reclaim his 400m Aviva UK Indoor Championships title in a season’s best time of 46.58s. Competing for the final time before the World Indoors in Instanbul, Nigel put on another World Class display to finish first at the Aviva Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix breaking his PB in a very impressive time of 45.71s. He kept up this form going in to the outdoor season running the Olympic A standard out in Oslo to improve his PB to 45.11s. Going in to the Olympic Trials full of confidence, Nigel produced a solid display to finish 3rd in the 400m final and guarantee his place in the individual 400m at the London 2012 Olympics.

 

On the biggest stage of his career so far, Nigel cruised through his first round heat in 1st place against a World Class field. From here he made it through to his first Olympic Semi-Final and finished a very respectable 6th place. He was also part of the 4x400m relay team that made it through to the final and gave everyone a nail biting finish, only just missing out on taking a medal home, finishing in 4th place. Nigel’s focus was then set on going one step further and making the Final of a Major Championship at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow.

 

2013 started very positively for Nigel. Making the decision to do an indoor season, he put in some very impressive performances coming 1st in Glasgow and winning the Indoor UK Championships. Nigel’s next challenge was the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix where he was up against both the Olympic Silver and Bronze Medallist. Nigel blew the field away coming 1st giving him a great boost going in to the European Indoor Championships. The aim here was to reach his first Major final, which Nigel did extremely comfortably. He managed to put in a superb performance taking the Silver Medal just behind the 2012 European Outdoor Champion. Next up for Nigel was the 4x400m relay. Taking the baton in 3rd place for Team GB, Nigel put in a blistering run leaving his training partner Richard Strachan with a comfortable lead for the final leg and become the European Indoor 4x400m Champions. Since the European Indoor Championships in Sweden, Nigel had put together some first-class performances in what was a very busy 2013. A host of impressive results cemented Nigel’s position as GB’s number one 400m runner.

 

The outdoor season was just as busy for Nigel. The main aim was to win the U.K. Championships and get selected for the World Team. Comfortably making it through to the final, Nigel put in his performance of the season, running the A qualifying standard and winning the final in 45.23s. This guaranteed his place on the plane to Moscow and was the only male individual 400m runner selected for the team. Out in Moscow, Nigel put on another solid display making it through to the Semi-Final and only just missed out on a place in the final. This was again a huge learning curve for him as he looked to take this experience into 2014 and challenge for medals at both the Commonwealth Games and European Championships. After a fine 2013, Nigel found himself ranked No. 1 in the U.K. & No. 10 in the world over the 400m.

 

2014 started off much the same for Nigel dominating the indoor circuit. He picked up his 4th successive 400m indoor title, securing him a place on the team for the 2014 World Indoor Championships in Poland. Progressing through to the semi-finals, he was put in a very tough lane and only just missed out on a place in the final. Putting that disappointment aside, Nigel ran a superb final leg in the 4x400m relay final to hold off a late surge from the Jamaican team to claim Silver. Nigel was selected to represent England at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and was part of the 4x400m relay team which claimed gold ahead of Bahamas and Trinidad & Tobago.

 

Nigel started 2015 in good form, having collected his fifth straight national indoor title. He also finished first in the 400m at the Bedford International Games and was selected to represent Great Britain in the European Championships in Russia later that year.

 

Nigel started off 2016 by claiming his sixth consecutive indoor 400m British Championship title. After an impressive display in the heats and semi-final, he was the favourite to win the competition for the sixth time in a row and he didn’t disappoint. He completed the 400m in a time of 48.00s, with it being his first race of the season. His plans for the 2016 outdoor season started off by heading out to Florida in March for a warm weather training camp with his training group and coach, Linford Christie. Here he put in the hard work preparation necessary to secure a spot on Team GB to compete in the Rio Olympics as part of the 4x400m relay team.

 

Nigel is a very popular figure in the media and has recently taken part in a Men’s Health piece giving the viewers an insight in to his 400m training regime. He has also recently done a feature for BBC look east.

 

Not only talented in Athletics, Nigel used to play Basketball and Cricket to a high standard. He also has a huge passion for cars and bikes and is a qualified car technician.

 

 

Twitter: @NigelLevine

 

Domestic Championships Record
2005 – AAA Indoor U17 Championships 200m silver
2007 – England Athletics U20 Open Championships 400m gold
2008 – England Athletics U20 Open Championships 400m bronze
2009 – England U23 Championships gold
2010 – Aviva World Indoor Trials & UK Championships 400m silver, Aviva European Trials & UK Championships 400m (B) gold, Aviva England U23 World Trials Championships 200m 5th
2011 – CAU Inter-Counties Championships 200m 5th. Aviva European Indoor Trials & UK Championships 400m gold. AAA U23 Championships 400m gold. Aviva World Trials 400m B gold.

2012 – Aviva Olympic Trials 400m Bronze

2013 – British Indoor Championships 400m gold. Sainsbury’s British Championships 400m gold

2013 – Birmingham Indoor Championships- 400m Gold

2014 – World Indoor Trials & UK Championships 400m gold

Major Championships and International Records
2007 – European Junior Championships 400m 4th
2008 – World Junior Championships 4x400m silver
2009 – European Indoor Championships 4x400m silver
2009 – European U23 Championships 400m silver
2010 – IAAF World Indoor Championships – 4x400m bronze
2011 – IAAF World Championships – 4x400m 7th.

2011 – European Indoor Championships – 400m 4th sf,
2011 – European Indoor Championships – 4x400m Silver.

2011 – European U23 Championships – 400m Gold

2012 – London 2012 Olympic semi-final – 400m

2012- -London 2012 Olympics – 4x400m – 4th

2012 – Aviva World Indoor Championships 400m Gold

2013 – European Indoor Championship 400m silver

2013 – European Indoor Championship 4x400m gold

2013 – IAAF World Championships semi-final, 4th 4x400m relay

2014 – World Indoor Championships – 4x400m Silver

2014 – Commonwealth Games – 4x400m Gold

2015 – Bedford International Games – 400m Gold

2016 – British Athletics Championships – 400m Gold

 

 

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September 2016


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