Ian Stewart (athlete)


Ian Stewart (athlete)

Ian Stewart (born January 15, 1949) is a Scottish athlete. Stewart was Scottish and AAAs champion at 5000 metres. To add to this he was 3 x AAAs Indoor 3000 metre champion. He then won the bronze medal in the Men's 5000 metres at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich (a race won by Lasse Virén with Mohammed Gammoudi second and Steve Prefontaine fourth). Stewart finished seventh in 1976.

Stewart won Gold at the following titles: the European 5,000 metres (1969), Commonwealth 5,000 metres (1970), European Indoor (1969 and 1975) and World Cross Country (1975).

Stewart set a European record at 5,000 metres when in 1970 he recorded a time of 13:22:8 to win the Commonwealth Games title. This was one of the greatest races of all title and he defeated current world record holder Ron Clarke, Olympic 1,500 metres champion Kip Keino and fellow Scot, Ian McCafferty.

Stewart set other British records: 1,500 metres 3:39.12 (1969), 2,000 metres 5:02.98 (1975),2 miles 8:22.0 (1972). In 1977 he set a world best on the roads of 45:13. Other personal bests: Mile 3:57.3 (1969) and 10,000 metres 27:43.03 (1977).

Stewart's brother Peter was a European Indoor (1971) champion and British record holder at the mile 3:55.3 (1972).

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* [http://www.sporting-heroes.net/athletics-heroes/displayhero.asp?HeroID=2789 sporting-heroes.net: Ian Stewart]


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