News11 Oct 2005

Felix Sanchez donates flashing wristband to the IAAF


Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic donates his Sydney 2000 wristband to the IAAF (© Felix Sanchez)

2004 Olympic 400m Hurdles champion Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic donated his world famous Sydney 2000 Olympic wristband, which he wore every time he raced between Sydney and Athens. 

In addition to the 2002 Golden League Jackpot Sanchez also won the 2001 and 2003 World Championships title wearing his flashing wristband. In total the wristband led Sanchez to 38 consecutive victories at 400m Hurdles (finals only…not including rounds, between 2 July 2001 and 26 August 2004).

Sanchez last wore the donated wristband when superbly winning the 2004 Olympic gold medal in Athens on 26 August.

A member of the IAAF Athletes' Commission, Felix Sanchez was quick to accept the IAAF's proposal to donate the item which best represents his road to success in the 400m Hurdles these recent years.

Following a year hampered by injuries, Sanchez is confident he will return to his best shape in the summer of 2006. 

Sanchez's autographed wristband will be auctioned soon and all profits will be donated to the United Nations Associations: FAO, UNICEF and WFP.