Iwan is the current UK record holder at 400 m with a time of 44.36 seconds and is a former European and Commonwealth games champion. He is also the current holder of the Commonwealth Games record in the 400 m.
Iwan made his breakthrough at the World Junior Championships in 1992 as part of the British 4×400 m relay team that finished 5th.
While still at university, he took part in the 1994 Commonwealth Games 400 m where he reached the semi-finals, representing Wales. From there, he was selected to represent Britain in the relay at the 1995 European Athletics Cup and secured his first championship gold medal.
At the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Thomas finished 5th in the final and took a silver medal in the 4×400 m event. He also represented Britain in the 2000 Olympics.
Iwan Thomas joined the Ecover Sailing Team in 2009 as part of an Extreme 40 event. He was the 5th man on their boat on 31 July, racing catamarans around Egypt Point in Cowes, for a practice day of the iShares cup.
On 7 January 2010 it was announced that Great Britain’s 1997 World Championship 4x400m relay team were to be awarded the gold medal they were denied by the disqualified USA team. Thomas received his gold medal in May 2010 in a presentation by Alun Ffred Jones at Cardiff Bay.
Also in 2010, Thomas became an ambassador for The Saints Foundation, the charity set up by Southampton Football Club.
Thomas worked as a guest presenter of the Children’s television show ‘Best Of Friends’, alongside Darren Campbell and Zoe Salmon.
He is a regular panelist on BBC Two’s Through The Keyhole, was a contestant on Superstars on both BBC One and Five and took part in BBC One’s Hole In The Wall. He has also been a contestant on BBC One’s Celebrity MasterChef, and The Real Hustle. Thomas can also be seen as a regular guest of Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff.
As well as his sporting and television careers, Iwan has been a guest speaker at a number of universities, businesses, and events worldwide. His powerful motivational speeches are in demand at company seminars nationwide.