Born in Edinburgh, Allan Wells began his athletic career as a triple and long jumper.
While enjoying moderate success, it wasn't until he changed to become a sprinter at the
age of 24 that his career took off.
In 1978 he won a Gold medal in the 200m, the 4 x 100m relay and a Silver medal in the
100m at the Commonwealth Games. More successes followed with Bronze and Gold medals
in the Europa Cup and 2nd in the Golden Sprints (fastest sprinter over 100m and 200m
combined). In 1980 he won a Gold medal in the Olympic Games 100m and a Silver medal
in the 200m. Although these Olympics were marred by the withdrawal of the Americans,
Allan took the Americans on in a race over 100m in Koblenz and beat them there instead!
In 1981 Allan won honours in the World Cup, Gold and Silver, Europa Cup Gold and Silver
and won the Coveted Golden Sprints. In 1982 Allan took a double Gold at the Commonwealth
Games winning the 100m, the 200m and a Bronze in the 4 x 100m relay. Later that year he
was also awarded the M.B.E. for services to sport.
After retiring in 1988 at the age of 36, he entered the world of coaching. Achieving success
with rugby players, footballers, bobsleigh, tennis and golfers to name a few. He has also
been inducted into the Scottish Sporting Hall of Fame, been named Scotland's Greatest
ever Athlete and Greatest ever Olympian. Allan was an Ambassador for the 2012 Olympic bid
and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games bid.
His personal best for the 100m is 10.11, and 20.21 for 200m, both run at the 1980 Olympics.