Allan Wells is a former Scottish sprinter who is widely regarded as one of the greatest athletes in British history. Born on May 3, 1952, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Wells began his athletic career at a young age and quickly established himself as a formidable force on the track.
Wells' career spanned over a decade, during which he competed in numerous international competitions and set several records. He first gained international recognition at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Canada, where he won gold medals in both the 100m and 200m events. He followed this up with a gold medal in the 100m event at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, becoming the first British athlete to win an Olympic sprint title since 1924.
Wells' achievements did not stop there. In 1982, he won gold medals in both the 100m and 200m events at the Commonwealth Games held in Brisbane, Australia. He also set a new European record for the 100m event that same year. In addition to his individual successes, Wells was also part of the British team that won gold in the 4x100m relay at the European Championships in Athens in 1982.
Wells retired from competitive athletics in 1988 and has since been involved in coaching and mentoring young athletes. He has also been recognized for his contributions to sport and was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in 1981.
Wells is married to Margot Wells, who is also a former athlete and coach. The couple has two children together.