400 Metres Training Schedule of Mark Richardson
Mark Ashton Richardson (born 26 July 1972) is a British former athlete who competed mainly in the 400 metres.
He competed for Great Britain in the 1996 Summer Olympics held in Atlanta, United States in the 4 x 400 metre relay where he won the silver medal with his team mates Iwan Thomas, Jamie Baulch and Roger Black. This team set a UK record, 2:56.60, in the process.
At the 1997 World Championships in Athens, Richardson quickly ran the anchor leg for Great Britain in the 4x400m relay, winning the silver medal. His unofficial split time was 43.5. On the 7th January 2010 it was announced that Great Britain’s 1997 World Championship 4x400m relay team are to be awarded the gold medal they were beaten to by a U.S. team which included Antonio Pettigrew, who admitted in 2008 to using performance-enhancing drugs. .
Richardson’s official personal best in the 400m was 44.47.
Below article is from peakperformance.com
400 Metres Training Schedule
Mark Richardson was asked in the spring if Michael Johnson could be beaten. He hesitated, and then replied: ‘Well, not at this point in time. He’s untouchable, but in future years it’s a goal to work on’. Who would have thought that, just a few weeks on from that, he would actually beat ‘the untouchable’ (though admittedly he lost when the two met again shortly after)?
Richardson was a member of the British 4 x 400m team that finished second behind the Americans in the 1997 World Champs and the ’96 Olympics. At the Worlds he finished fourth in the final of the individual event, beating new British record holder Iwan Thomas in the process. Now that he has one win over Johnson under his belt, he could well challenge him for gold at Sydney 2000
Richardson was asked about his training schedule, how he prepared for competition and what diet he followed, as well as about vitamins and supplements, and watched one of his track workouts. Here is what he said.