Who is Iwan Thomas? Celebrity Island 2017 contestant, Olympic medalist, TV personality and Strictly Come Dancing star


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Welshman will be tested on Bear Grylls’ gritty outdoor TV series as he will be deserted with ten others in Panama

IWAN THOMAS gets down and dirty in this year’s Celebrity Island as Bear Gryll’s new survivor show is set to begin.

The former Olympian finds himself stranded on an island in Panama along with ten other celebrities in the gruelling series. Here’s the lowdown…

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Bear Grylls’ show begins on Tuesday August 29

What did Iwan Thomas win?

The Welshman represented Great Britain and Northern Island at the Olympic Games and Wales in the Commonwealth Games in his career.

The athlete is a former European and Commonwealth champion.

He won gold in the European championships in Budapest in the 400m and the 400m relay in 1998 after winning gold in the 400m relay at the Worlds in 1997.

In 1996, Thomas won silver in the 400m relay at the Atlanta Olympics.

When did he retire?

Injury forced Thomas to retire from athletics in 2006.

Iwan Thomas retired from athletics in 2006

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Iwan Thomas retired from athletics in 2006

Two years later he was introduced into the Welsh Athletics Hall of Fame.

Since retiring he has gone on to become a TV personality.

What other TV shows has he been in?

The star is a regular on Through the Keyhole and also appeared on Celebrity MasterChef and The Real Hustle.

He has also featured on Total Wipeout and Eggheads in 2010.

The 43-year-old currently co-presents MotoGP on BT Sport and previously presented the Paralympics in Rio for Channel 4.

He was inducted into the Welsh Athletics Hall of fame in 2008

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He was inducted into the Welsh Athletics Hall of fame in 2008

He will also be remembered for being a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing in 2015, but he was the first to be eliminated on the show.

What else has he taken part in?

Since retiring, Thomas took part in the London marathon in 2015 as well as taking part in Great North Run.

Iwan was handed an MBE in 1998 and was the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year in the same year.

And has continued to appear at many major UK athletics meetings as an interviewer.

Iwan Thomas appeared on Strictly Come Dancing

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Iwan Thomas appeared on Strictly Come Dancing

What is Celebrity Island and when is it on TV?

A total of 10 celebs, including Towie’s Lucy Mecklenburgh and Corrie’s Ryan Thomas, spend a few weeks stranded on an island in Panama for the new series of Bear Grylls’ show.

Welsh sprinter Iwan Thomas, TV doctor Sara Kayat, Breaking Bad star RJ Mitte, comedian Mark Watson, Pussycat Doll Melody Thornton, former Team GB swimmer Sharron Davies, Jordan Stephens from Rizzle Kicks  and actress Shazia Mirza are all taking part in the new series of Celebrity Island.

The show returned to Channel 4 on August 29.

Celebs give their advice for surviving Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls

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