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Martyn Rooney during his 400m Heat in Osaka 2007
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Donna Fraser during the Opening Ceremony of Osaka 2007
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Donna Fraser - Relay Heat - Osaka 2007
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Croydon Harrier James Dasaolu takes on the fastest man in the world in his 100m heat. (getty)
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Lawrence Okoye leaves it late but pulls it out of the bag in the final round to qualify for the Discus final. (getty)
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Set against a glorious backdrop, Martyn Rooney competes at London 2012 in the 400m semi-finals. (getty)
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Set against a glorious backdrop, Martyn Rooney competes at London 2012 in the 400m semi-finals. (getty)


Since our formation in 1920, 60 Croydon Harriers have become fully fledged international athletes.

We we were proud to have three internationals within team GB at London 2012. And what's more, we are confident of continuing the tradition of producing such high calibre athletes long into the future.

Currently on the International scene

Martyn Rooney has come through the ranks here at Croydon from an early age. First joining as a young athlete, Martyn was originally a middle distance and cross-country runner before moving to the 400m which he is known for today.

Always touted for success, Martyn's first international competition came at the 2005 European Junior Championships where he won the silver medal, and formed part of the victorious 4x400m relay team.

From thereon, success has come at a staggering rate. Winning the U20 AAA Championships (2005), AAA Championships (2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011) and European Cup (2008) competitions, while also representing team GB at the World Championships (2005-9).

Arguably the two biggest highlights of Rooney's career so far, are finishing 6th at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, and helping the 4x400m relay team to silver in the 2009 World Championships.
He was individual European bronze medalist in Barcelona in 2010. His lifetime best stands at 44.60secs just .30secs off the British record.

He was a semi-finalist at London 2012 and fourth in the 4x400m relay.

Take a look at Martyn's latest Results and Rankings
Martyn Rooney's Website

Tasha Danvers-Smith joined Croydon Harriers as a young athlete and showed promise from the outset. Dominant over the hurdles, Danvers-Smith was natural talent, setting numerous club records.

After representing Great Britain for the best part of a decade, her greatest achievements include a silver medal winning performance at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the bronze medal she won at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Take a look at Tasha's latest Results and Rankings

Lawrence Okoye broke onto the scene during 2011 when he smashed the British discus record with a 67.63m throw at the UKA throws festival. It is also the longest throw ever achieved by a 19 year-old.

The former Whitgift pupil was crowned 2011 European under-23 champion in Ostrava and was sixth in the 2010 World junior championships in Canada.

At a young athlete level, he was never lower than fourth during his three English Schools championship visits and won gold on his third attempt in 2010.

He finished 12th at London 2012, has extended his British discus record and has since been drafted by the San Francisco 49ers NFL team.

Take a look at Lawrence's latest Results and Rankings

Lawrence's Website

James Dasaolu is one of Britain's many young sprint prodigies currently aiming to burst onto the scene.

A graduate of Paul Weston's sprint group, the Loughborough based athlete has never been ranked lower than fourth in the UK over 100m for 2009, 2010 and 2011.

His lifetime best of 10.09secs puts him ninth on the all-time UK ranking list heading into 2012.

He made his international debut for team GB at the 2010 European championships in Barcelona over the 100m. He narrowly missed out on a place in a final by just one place after finishing third in his semi-final.
Dasaolu's other achievements include winning the 2008 England under-23 championships and runner-up to Dwain Chambers at the 2010 UK Trials.

He was a semi-finalist at London 2012 and won a silver at the 2013 Europen indoor championships in the 60m.

Take a look at James' latest Results and Rankings

Twinelle Hopeson has been a prolific young sprinter at county, regional and national level ever since joining Croydon as a teenager.

After racking up multiple medals over the 100m and 200m both at club and schools level, Hopeson was selected to represent Great Britain at the 2010 World Junior championships in Canada where she part of the 4x100m relay team.

Now an Olympic torchbearer, her personal bests of 11.90secs for the 100m and 24.13secs for the 200m suggest greater things to come for the Loughborough based athlete.

Take a look at Twinelle's latest Results and Rankings

Elliot Safo exploded onto the junior international scene in 2011, thriving on his debuts for Great Britain and England respectively in the long jump.

A member of Croydon since an under-13 athlete, Elliot has enjoyed a top 10 UK ranking for his age group every year since 2007, and in 2010 he was number one for the under-17 age group.

In 2011, he won the European Youth Olympic Festival with a leap of 7.38m in Turkey. He backed this up with a silver medal winning jump of 7.41m at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Isle of Man.

He won the 2012 national under-20 indoor title, equaling his PB of 7.41m.

Take a look at Elliot's latest Results and Rankings

For the rest of Croydon's hall of fame please see the information below.


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