Olympic medallist Bennett dies

Todd Bennett
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OLYMPIC silver medallist Todd Bennett has died at the age of 51 after a short battle with cancer.

Southampton Athletic Club, where Bennett was a coach and team manager, announced the news in a statement on their website.

The statement said: ‘We are very sad to announce that Todd Bennett has passed away at home after a six month battle with cancer.

‘Todd was dedicated to the sport of athletics during his life as an athlete, coach and team manager and was an inspiration to a huge number of young athletes and school children, who he coached and supported.’

Bennett was part of Great Britain’s 4x400m relay team that won silver at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics alongside team-mates Kriss Akabusi, Garry Cook and Philip Brown.

He was part of Team Solent, along with Akabusi, who trained at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth.

A two-time European Indoor champion, Bennett also won a silver medal at the World Indoor Championships in 1985, and in the same year broke the World Indoor world record in a time of 45.56 seconds.

Fellow athletes paid tribute to Bennett. His friend and business partner Darren Campbell tweeted: ‘Thank you Todd Bennett for allowing me to know a special man, father, husband, athlete and friend. You will always be in my heart! #RIP.’

Olympic hurdles silver medallist Colin Jackson described Bennett as ‘a quality man’ while Paula Radcliffe added: ‘Sad, sad news that Todd Bennett has lost his battle with cancer. RIP’.