Every athlete wants to win the ‘full-set’; Olympic, World and Commonwealth medals (and European if possible) – but it’s by no means an easy feat. However, it’s one that English 400m star Martyn Rooney wants to achieve.
Following recent investigations by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Martyn Rooney has recently been awarded an Olympic bronze medal alongside his 4×400m relay team from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games – with the Russian team being disqualified.
Posting on Twitter, Rooney said he was "delighted" with the news.
Understandably the 29-year-old was delighted to add to his two World medals and three European titles – but now he has one more box to tick.
The 400m runner broke on to the international scene in 2006 at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games as part of the men’s 4×400m relay squad that finished fourth in the final.
His next experience of the Commonwealth Games came in Glasgow in 2014 where the Croydon sprinter competed in the 400m and made it through to the finals coming first, but came fourth in the final.
“I have won a medal in almost every major competition, but now I want to win the full set and add a Commonwealth medal to my tally.” said Rooney after being belatedly awarded Olympic bronze.
“I started at the Commonwealth Games and really enjoyed it, it’s a lovely atmosphere and a great event. It depends on what my body tells me, but I might even finish my career in the Gold Coast – we will see. It’s a beautiful country and I am really looking forward to going out there, representing my country and hopefully finally winning a Commonwealth medal.”
Best of luck Martyn, we hope to see you there in 2018 and celebrate a medal win with you.