Martyn Rooney

Martyn Rooney

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Martyn Joseph Rooney (born 3 April 1987) is an English sprinter who specialises in the 400 metres event. He reached the 400 m final at the 2008 Summer Olympics and also finished fourth in the 4×400 metres relay. At the 2009 World Championships in Athletics he won a silver medal with the Great Britain relay team. His personal best time is 44.60 seconds.

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Born and raised in Thornton Heath, London, United Kingdom, Rooney is the second of four children, born to Marie (née Martyn) and Liam Rooney Sr., both immigrants from Sligo and Westmeath, Ireland. Rooney's first name is after his mother's maiden name. Rooney started running for Croydon Harriers just before starting his secondary school,the selective The John Fisher School The John Fisher School in Purley. He also attended St James the Great Primary School in Thornton Heath. As a result he became an avid Crystal Palace F.C. fan. Initially training and competing at the middle distances; 800 metres and 1500 metres and doing cross country throughout the winter, his talent for the one lap sprint was discovered by coincidence when he stood in to make up points at a London fixture.

Rooney was selected to represent Great Britain at the 2005 European Juniors, held in Lithuania in July of that year. He achieved the Silver Medal in the individuals and gold with the relay team and on his return home was then asked to make...
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