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Linford Christie

Full name: Linford Ecerio Christie
Gender: Male
Height: 6'2" (189 cm)
Weight: 207 lbs (94 kg)
Born: April 2, 1960 in Content Gap, Saint Andrew, Jamaica
Affiliations: Thames Valley Harriers, City of London (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 2 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

Born in Jamaica Linford Christie followed his parents, who had emigrated

some years earlier, to England at the age of seven but it was not until he

was 19 that he took up sprinting.

Although considered by many within British athletics to have prodigious

talent he showed a lack of discipline in training that meant he narrowly

missed selection for the relay at the 1984 Olympics. Fired by his Olympic

disappointment and under the tutelage of Ron Roddam he showed a more professional attitude to training and he immediately converted this improved

form by winning the 1986 European title, which he would retain in 1990 and 1994. At the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Christie finished third in the 100 m

final, but his medal was upgraded to silver after Ben Johnson was disqualified. Christie was very close to being disqualified himself: traces of pseudo-ephedrine in his urine were found, but a jury ruled it might have been ingested through ginseng, which

was allowed.

Four years later, Christie moved up a step, winning the title in Barcelona.

By also winning the World title in Stuttgart in 1993, Christie became the

first 100 m runner to hold the Olympic, World, Continental and Commonwealth

titles at the same time. He also won seventeen race victories at the European

Cup between 1985 and 1997. His third Olympic 100 m final was a

disappointment when he was disqualified for false-starting twice.

Christie retired in 1997 and took up coaching but over the next two

seasons he still occasionally took part in minor events alongside sprinters in his training group. In 1999 Linford Christie tested positive for nandrolone after a competition in Germany and was suspended for two years. At age 39, this

effectively ended his career. Christie now runs a successful sports

management company alongside his coaching career. A keen amateur gardener he

has also presented a number of television programmes on the subject.

Personal Bests: 100 – 9.87 (1993); 200 – 20.09 (1988).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Men's 100 metres Great Britain GBR 2 Silver
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Men's 200 metres Great Britain GBR 4
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay Great Britain GBR 2 Silver
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Athletics Men's 100 metres Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Athletics Men's 200 metres Great Britain GBR 5 h1 r3/4
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay Great Britain GBR 4
1996 Summer 36 Atlanta Athletics Men's 100 metres Great Britain GBR AC
1996 Summer 36 Atlanta Athletics Men's 200 metres Great Britain GBR 4 h5 r2/4

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT L
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Final 2 9.97 0,138 4
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 10.11 3
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Quarter-Finals Heat One 1 QU 10.11 4
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Five 1 QU 10.19 4
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Final 1 9.96 0,139 5
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 10.00 4
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Quarter-Finals Heat Four 1 QU 10.07 6
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Three 1 QU 10.48 3
1996 Summer 36 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Final AC DQ 2
1996 Summer 36 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 QU 10.04 0,125 6
1996 Summer 36 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Quarter-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 10.03 0,134 6
1996 Summer 36 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Nine 2 QU 10.26 0,160 5

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L RT
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Final 4 20.09 5
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 20.33 3
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Quarter-Finals Heat Three 1 QU 20.49 1
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Seven 1 QU 21.05 5
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat One 5 20.38 1
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Quarter-Finals Heat Three 3 QU 20.52 8
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Five 2 QU 21.23 4
1996 Summer 36 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Quarter-Finals Heat Five 4 20.59 3 0,148
1996 Summer 36 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Seven 1 QU 20.64 6 0,151

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) ST L
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Great Britain GBR Final 2 38.28 8,95 3
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 38.52 9,17
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain GBR Final 4 38.08 6
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 38.64
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Three 2 QU 39.73