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Mensah Elliott

World Champion Track Athlete

 

Mensah Elliott is a British track athlete who has been competing since 1997. He made his first selection to the British track team in 1999.

He started doing athletics in 1993 and specialised in the sprint hurdles, where he became one of the top hurdlers in the UK, ranking as high as 4th in the national standards in 2000/2001. He represented Great Britain and England in various National and International competitions but unfortunately, his dream of becoming one of the top athletes in track and field was ended in 2002, just after competing in the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, with a number of serious injuries and a lack of funds to mend himself back to top competitive form.

In 2012, at the age of 35, Mensah competed in his first World Masters Athletics Indoor Championships and won the silver medal. He then competed in the European Masters Athletics Indoor Championships in 2014 and again won the silver medal.

In 2016 he started with a bang, recording the fastest time in the world by a Masters Athlete. He went on to win The British Championships, setting a Championship record of 8.02s. In April of the same year, he travelled to Ancona, Italy and at the age of 39, he won the 60 meters hurdles (60mH) at the European Masters Athletics Indoor Championships, running the second fastest time in the world in the Masters Category. He also won the bronze medal in the 60m sprints in the same Championships.

During the Outdoor season, Mensah won his age group (M40) 110mH in the British Championships, setting a new British record of 14.26s. He ended the 2016 season ranking number 1 in the world for both the 60mH and 110mH.

In 2017, he again won the British Masters Championships before going on to win at the World Masters Championships in a personal best time of 7.93s, narrowly missing out of the world record (7.85s). He also won gold at the 4 x 200m relay and a bronze at the 60m sprints.

Earlier this year in March, he travelled to Madrid for the European Masters Indoor Championships. He competed in both the 60m and the 60mH. A slight injury caused him to jog in the finals of the 60m where he finished 8th. Thankfully, the medical team were able to work their magic to get him ready for the 60mH, which was 2 days later. He qualified for the finals where he won the race in a time of 8.05s, to become the European Champion and also setting the world’s fastest time for the masters 60mH.

Unfortunately, he picked up another injury which delayed the start of his outdoor season. However, he has been back in competition mode and has recently finished 2nd in the 100m and won the 110mH in the British Masters Champs.

Mensah's next and final championships for this season will see him fly out to Malaga for The World Masters Outdoor Championships this September. His aim is to bring back the gold medals in both events.

Mensah is enjoying his sport even more now than ever before and is running comparable times to when he was a 20 year old and feels that he can get even faster, especially with the right nutrition. He manages to fit all his training around his family (wife and two kids, 15 and 9) as well as being a full time Police Sergeant in the Metropolitan Police Service. Mensah is also an athletics Coach and finds satisfaction in passing on his knowledge and expertise to the younger generation.

Career Highlights:

  • 2002 – Representing England in the Manchester Commonwealth Games
  • 2012 – 2nd at my first Masters Championships (60mH) in Jyvaskyla, Finland
  • 2015 – 2nd European Masters Indoors, Torun, Poland
  • 2016 – Age group World record holder (60mH), Ranked World #1 in 60mH and 110mH
  • 2017 – 1st World Masters Indoors (60mH), Daegu, South Korea
  • 3rd World Masters Indoors (60m), Daegu, South Korea
  • Ranked World #1 in 60mH
  • 2018 – 1st European Masters Indoor (60mH)
  • 8th European Masters Indoor (60m)

World Records

  • Current M35 World Record Holder in the 60mH – 7.95s
  • Current M40 World Record holder in the 4 x 100m relay – 42.17s





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