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Neil Black Biography – Neil Black Wiki
Neil Black was a British track and field official. He was the former UK Athletics performance director and Mo Farah’s former trainer. He has died six months after leaving the role, aged 60. A statement from UK Athletics confirmed that Black, who resigned from his role last October, died suddenly at the weekend of what is understood to have been of natural causes, and an autopsy was going to be carried out to determine the cause of death. He left his role in October 2019 after being in charge for seven years, having taken the position following the London 2012 Olympics. He had continued to play a role with UKA as an advisor, having gained vast experience at the top of the sport.
He was appointed as UKA performance director after Charles van Commenee left as the Olympic head coach, having moved up the ranks at the governing body. Initially, his role was that of a physiotherapist. He was at the helm as Team GB recorded their second-best medal haul at Rio 2016, with only the 1908 London Games seeing Britain claim more than the 67 claimed in Brazil – which was two more than the London 2012 haul and featured 27 golds, 23 silvers and 17 bronzes. He stepped down after a disappointing showing at last year’s World Athletics Championships in Doha where Britain secured just five gold medals. His support of the banned American coach Salazar in the face of doping accusations in 2015 eventually contributed to his departure.
Neil Black Age
He was 60 years old at the time of his death in April 2020.
Neil Black Family
Details of his personal life are kept away from the limelight. Information concerning his family’s details are unavailable.
Neil Black Death
Former performance director of UK Athletics Neil Black died aged 60 in April 2020 at his flat in Quorn near Loughborough, the organisation confirmed in a statement. The statement announcing his demise said:
“British Athletics is shocked and saddened to confirm the loss of our friend and former colleague Neil Black who passed away suddenly at the weekend. Neil loved the sport of athletics and dedicated his life to supporting athletes – as a world-class physiotherapist, as head of sports science, and then in recent years as Performance Director for British Athletics. Since leaving the role of UKA Performance Director in October 2019, he had been continuing to support a number of athletes and coaches as an advisor.
“Neil will be hugely missed by those that knew and worked with him. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”
“I have lost a good friend,” said Farah on Twitter. “Known him since I was 14 years old … Neil supported me all the way in my career since I was a kid. My heart is broken. I wouldn’t be where I am today without Neil Black… no one knew me like he did..!! We lost a great man.”
. I have lost a good friend…! Known him since I was 14 years old… Neil supported me all the way in my career since I was kid..!! My heart is broken.. I wouldn’t be where I am today without Neil Black.. no one knew me like he did..!! We lost a great man💔 pic.twitter.com/hhNhpmZm9h
— Sir Mo Farah (@Mo_Farah) April 21, 2020
A statement from his family added: “We would like to thank people for the wonderful and heartfelt messages we have received. So many people have been in touch, it is clear to us how loved Neil was and this is bringing us some comfort at this time.”
Neil Black Cause of Death
A statement from UK Athletics confirmed that he died of natural causes at his flat in Quorn near Loughborough. They said that an autopsy would be carried out to determine the cause of death.