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Darren Campbell

Full name: Darren Andrew Campbell
Gender: Male
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
Weight: 183 lbs (83 kg)
Born: September 12, 1973 in Manchester, Greater Manchester, Great Britain
Affiliations: Sale Harriers, Manchester (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Darren Campbell was the outstanding European junior sprinter of the early 90s. He won both sprints at the 1991 European Junior Championships and was only denied the same double at the 1992 World Juniors by the future superstar Ato Boldon. Unlike Boldon, his career was arrested by injuries and, disillusioned by this and an attempt by a fellow athlete to interest him in a drug programme, he walked away from the sport at the age of 21. For three years he followed a career as a footballer and played for a succession of semi-professional in the lower leagues of English football and also in the League of Wales. He resumed his athletics career in 1995 and within 18 months earned a place in the sprint relay at the Atlanta Olympics.

Although he never broke 10 seconds in his career, Campbell tended to excel at major championships. He won the European Championship 100 metres in 1998 and placed second, after the disqualification of Dwain Chambers for drug taking, four years later. On both occasions he was a member of the winning relay team although the 1992 gold was stripped due to Chambers' involvement with BALCO and he also added a further gold in 2006. He also won two Commonwealth Games relay titles and an individual bronze in 2002. At the global level he won four medals at the World Championships, 2 silvers and a bronze in relays and a bronze in the 100 metres in 2003. Moving on from the disappointment of Atlanta his Olympic fortunes improved in 2000 and 2004. After reaching the final of the 100 at Sydney, Campbell produced a career best performance and led the 200 final until he was overtaken by Kostas Kenteris close to the line. His individual performances in Athens did not match this level but he had the huge satisfaction of being part of the first British team to win the Olympic 4×100 m for 92 years. He left athletics in 2006 and splits his time between a career in the media and as a specialist sprint coach for a number of football and rugby clubs.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.04 (1998); 200 – 20.13 (2000).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1996 Summer 22 Atlanta Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay Great Britain GBR AC h3 r1/3
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Athletics Men's 100 metres Great Britain GBR 6
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Athletics Men's 200 metres Great Britain GBR 2 Silver
2004 Summer 30 Athina Athletics Men's 100 metres Great Britain GBR 4 h1 r1/4
2004 Summer 30 Athina Athletics Men's 200 metres Great Britain GBR 8 h1 r3/4
2004 Summer 30 Athina Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay Great Britain GBR 1 Gold

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT L
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Final 6 10.13 0,193 1
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QU 10.19 0,161 3
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Quarter-Finals Heat Five 1 QU 10.21 0,229 5
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Five 1 QU 10.28 0,224 1
2004 Summer 30 Athina Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat One 4 10.35 0.159 7

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT L
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Final 2 20.14 0,174 6
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 20.23 0,234 3
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Quarter-Finals Heat One 1 QU 20.13 0,175 3
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Four 2 QU 20.71 0,194 4
2004 Summer 30 Athina Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat One 8 20.89 0.150 1
2004 Summer 30 Athina Athletics Great Britain Quarter-Finals Heat Four 4 QC 20.59 0.179 2
2004 Summer 30 Athina Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Two 4 QU 20.72 0.155 2

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank L T(A)
1996 Summer 22 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Three AC DNF 5
2004 Summer 30 Athina Athletics Great Britain GBR Final 1 3 38.07
2004 Summer 30 Athina Athletics Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Two 2 QU 1 38.53