Q&A with Martyn Rooney

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What was your first Olympic Games memory?

Donna Fraser coming fourth in Sydney – a fellow Croydon Harrier.

What has been the best athlete performance even in an Olympic Games?

Cathy Freeman

What has been the best ever Olympic Games and why?

Beijing, I was there! Also it’s the most incredible stadium ever built.

How did you find out London was to host the 2012 Olympics and where were you at the time?

I was selling sweets at Croydon Harriers for a school sports day and we listened on the radio.

What are your hopes for London 2012?

To win an individual medal.

Favourite athletics venue?

Crystal Palace.

Do you have any pre-competition superstitions?

Same warm-up, Red Bull and listen to my iPod.

Best friends in athletics?

Kate Dennison, Andrew Steele and Dan Greaves.

Pre-competition meal?

Nothing fishy!

Sporting hero?

Dan Greaves “King of Loughborough”.

What other sports do you like?

Football, rugby and triathlon.

If you were not an athlete what would you like to be?

Carpenter or in marketing.

Favourite film?

Too many. I like the Bourne films.

Favourite TV programme?

Top Gear, Regular Show and Family Guy.

Favourite music/group?


Food dislike?


Favourite subject at school?


If you could take 3 people out for dinner who would they be?

Andrew Steele, Oscar Pistorious, Dai Greene and Kate [Dennison] would be my date. The banter s always great with these guys.

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 items would you take with you?

Sunglasses, satellite telephone and lots of Ribena.

Dream date?

Kate Dennison obviously.

Do you have any pets?

Not yet.

Interesting unknown fact about yourself?

Post-2012 I’d like to live in South Africa for a few years.

What is in your kit bag when you go out onto the track?

Spikes, vest, shorts, Red Bull, Livestrong band and my iPod.

Do you have a motivational song, if so what is it?

Muse – Butterflies and Hurricanes, Slipknot – Duality and Chase and Status – Hypest Hype.


Q&A provided by UK Athletics.


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First published on: 5 August, 2012 12:00 am

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