Matthew Hudson-Smith

2 x European 400m Champion

Matthew Hudson-Smith was born on 26 October 1994 in Wolverhampton, England.  He started his career being coached by Tony Hadley at the Birchfield Harriers club in Birmingham.   A talented junior athlete Matthew won the English Schools 200m title in 2013 having finished runner-up in 2011 and 2012.  He made his debut for GBR at the 2013 European Junior Championships in Rieti winning bronze medals in the 200m and 4x400m. 

2014 was Matthew's breakout season.  Moving up to 400m he first broke 45 seconds at the Glasgow Diamond League meeting running 44.97 seconds to become only the second British teenager to break 45 seconds for the one lap event.  This qualified him for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow where he ran a great anchor leg in the 4x400m to help his team to the 4x400m gold.  At the European Athletics Championships in Zurich Matthew won silver in the 400m and gold in the 4x400m to highlight a great first season as a professional athlete.    

Matthew made another big breakthrough in 2016 when he won the British Championships, the London Diamond League and qualified for the Olympic Games 400m final in Rio by running a personal best time of 44.48 secs in the semi-final.  He also anchored GBR to bronze in the 4x400m at the European Championships.

After placing 9th in the World Championships in 2017 he helped GBR to bronze in the 4x400m with a strong first leg run.  He relocated to Clermont, Florida to train under the guidance of coach Lance Brauman.

Personal Bests:

  • 200m: 20.88
  • 400m: 44.48