Steven Solomon was a late bloomer in athletics, advancing to state and national championships in the latter years of high school. He placed second at the 2010 Australian Junior Athletics Championships and was selected to the 4x100m relay team at the IAAF World Junior Championships that same year.
In 2011, he won the junior and open national 400m title, clocking an impressive personal best of 45.58. At 17 years and 11 months, he became the seventh youngest men’s winner at the Nationals. He was selected to compete at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu in the 4x400m relay and at 18 years three months and 11 days, the third youngest ever Australian male to compete at the World Championships.
In July 2012, he competed at the World Juniors in Barcelona, where he placed third in the 400m (a PB 45.52) and anchored the relay team to fourth. Less than a month later at the London Olympics, he ran an extraordinary series of races over three days. He won his heat in 45.18, went even faster in the semi-final clocking 44.97 and placed eight in the final with 45.14. He was the youngest in that final and was now the seventh fastest in Australian history, while still a teenager.
In 2012, he headed off to Stanford University in America to study pre-medicine, but a lower back injury hindered his freshman season. He returned from the US to win the 2014 national title in a quick 45.36, but a hamstring injury curtailed his full NCAA season. There was doubt he could compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, but he made the start line for the 400m heats, advancing through the heat and unfortunately injuring his hamstring in the semi.
Following the Commonwealth Games, he had hamstring surgery in Melbourne and rehabilitated with coach Iryna Dvoskina in Canberra. He had his first race in 16 months in November 2015 but was still restricted by injury over the summer. He clocked a good time of 45.50 to win the Australian title. After Nationals, he raced once in Canberra, twice in Townsville and seven occasions overseas in pursuit of the Olympic standard of 45.40, but alas he fell short, the best being 45.44.
He won the 2017 national title, his fifth while still only 23-year-old. On June 29 in California, he clocked 45.19, his fastest since the London Olympics and his best time outside of the three races in London in 2012. The mark was also a qualifier for the 2017 IAAF world championships, enabling him to relive the atmosphere of his greatest achievement to date. In London, he placed seventh in his heat clocking 46.27.
In late 2017 he moved to the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University to study a Masters in Management Studies (MMS). Early in 2018 he commenced with a 1:52.09 800m in New York on Jan 27, followed by a 600m
in 1:17.47 – the fastest ever recorded by an Australian indoors. But they were just warmups for his race on 23 February in South Carolina at his region indoor championships when he ran 45.44, smashing the old Australian 400m record 45.93. The time was the equivalent of 44.99 outdoors.