Birth Date:  16 May 1979
Place of Birth:  NORTH SHIELDS
Country of birth:  GBR
Age:  38
Gender:   Female
Height (cm):  162
Weight (Kg):  47

Events and Medals

Sport Event Rank
ATH Athletics Women's Marathon 5

Sonia SAMUELS - Schedule

Time Event Status
Sun, 15 Apr 7:20
Gold Medal Event Women's Marathon Final

Biographical Information

Commonwealth Games
2014 Glasgow, SCO Women's 10,000m 7 32:57.96

Olympic Games
2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Women's Marathon 30 2:34:36

World Championships
2013 Moscow, RUS Women's Marathon 16 2:39:03

Nickname: Icepop (due to cold hands and feet), Sonic and Sonj (Athlete, Nov 2017)

Cooking, drinking good coffee, growing my own veggies, reading, scuba diving. (Athlete, Nov 2017)   

Occupation: Athlete (also secondary school languages teacher until 2011) (Athlete, Nov 2017)
Education: Teaching at Loughborough University, England
Languages spoken: English, German, Spanish (Athlete, Nov 2017)

PERSONAL: Self-coached (, 27 Oct 2017)

Sporting relatives

Husband Nick was a world duathlon age-group champion in 2017 and national level 800m/1500m athlete. (Athlete, Nov 2017)   

Reason: “I took up the sport in 1992 after being inspired by Sally GUNNELL’S (GBR) Olympic gold medal in Barcelona (400m hurdles). I won the school cross-country race and my PE teacher encouraged me to join the local running club.? (Athlete, Nov 2017)
Ambition: “To be as competitive as possible at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and fight it out for a medal.? (Athlete, Nov 2017)
Memorable: “Probably qualifying for my first Olympics in 2016. It was pretty emotional after 25 years in the sport, I finally achieved my dream I'd held on to since 1992. The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games were also very special as I had never competed on the track at a major event and was blown away by the stadium and the crowds.? (Athlete, Nov 2017)
Hero: “My mum and Helen CLITHEROE (GBR), a very good friend and bronze medallist at the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games.? (Athlete, Nov 2017)
Influence: Husband. (Athlete, Nov 2017)
Ritual: “I have the same pre-competition run and strides the day before, the usual breakfast, but I gave up on lucky pants a few years ago.? (Athlete, Nov 2017)
Additional information

Discovered an unusual method of inspiration in 2009. "I was really struggling with my running and it was down to me not believing I was good enough to be the athlete I wanted to be. My husband gave me a block of wood with a nine-inch nail imbedded in it. He gave me another eight nine-inch nails and asked me to balance all eight nails off that one nail. Impossible. After a long time playing around, I proved it wasn't. Therefore, I could do what I wanted if only I put my mind to it." (Athlete, Nov 2017)   

"I did a skydive near Table Mountain and shark-cage diving in South Africa. Also completed a night scuba dive, which was pretty scary." (Athlete, Nov 2017)  

Took a break from running marathons in 2014 to compete on track in 10,000m at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, finishing seventh. (, 10 Apr 2014;, Nov 2017)

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Gold: Gold
Silver: Silver
Bronze: Bronze
Gold Medal Event: Gold Medal Event
Bronze Medal Event: Bronze Medal Event

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