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John Regis

Full name: John Paul Lyndon Regis
Nickname(s): Johnny Two Chests
Gender: Male
Height: 5'11" (181 cm)
Weight: 216 lbs (98 kg)
Born: October 13, 1966 in Lewisham, Greater London, Great Britain
Affiliations: Belgrave Harriers, Wimbledon (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Husband of Jenny Stoute.

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

A powerful, muscular runner with a physique that earned him the affectionate nickname of "Johnny Two Chests", it is a little surprising to discover that John Regis began his athletic career as a triple jumper. Whilst still a teenager in 1986 he set the fastest 200 metre time of the year by a European though he still lacked the consistency to succeed at championship level. This changed the following year and he led the final of the 200 metres at the World Championship in Rome for all but the final few metres and took home a bronze medal. Regis could not pass the semi-finals at the Seoul Olympics but did win a silver medal as part of the sprint relay quartet. He was world indoor champion over 200 m in 1989 and then had probably his best season in 1990. Starting with relay gold and an individual 200 silver representing England at the Commonwealth Games he proceeded to become the first man to win four medals at a single European Championships. Regis won the 200 and was a part of the victorious 4×400 relay team whilst also adding silver in the sprint relay and bronze over 100. Although he rarely ran individual 400 metre races he became a valuable member of the British 4×400 relay team and helped them become world champions in 1991 and Olympic bronze medallists in Barcelona.

He again came close to a world championship 200 m title in 1993 when, although he broke 20 seconds, he was beaten into second place by Namibian Frankie Fredericks. Regis also added another silver medal in the sprint relay. He broke the British record at altitude in July 1994 but missed the European Championships due to injury and was again edged out by Fredericks at that year's Commonwealth Games. He reached the final of the 1995 World Championships but began to be troubled with injuries and, barring a return to the medal podium at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, his days near the top of the rankings gradually came to an end.

Regis made an unsuccessful attempt to make the 2002 Winter Games in the four-man bobsleigh before concentrating on his sports management business. He was partner with Linford Christie in the Nuff Respect agency before branching out with his own company. The Regis family encompasses a number of sportsmen and sportswomen in addition to John. His wife, Jenny Stoute is a fellow Olympic relay medallist whilst his niece Yasmine has represented Great Britain as a triple jumper. Cyrille Regis, a cousin, played football for England during the eighties and another cousin, Dave Regis, also played professional football.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.15 (1993); 200 – 19.87 (1994); 400 – 45.48 (1993).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics Men's 100 metres Great Britain GBR 4 h6 r1/4
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics Men's 200 metres Great Britain GBR 7 h1 r3/4
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay Great Britain GBR 2 Silver
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Athletics Men's 200 metres Great Britain GBR 6
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay Great Britain GBR 4
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay Great Britain GBR 3 Bronze
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Athletics Men's 200 metres Great Britain GBR 6 h1 r3/4

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Six 4 10.76 2

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L RT
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat One 7 20.69 1
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Quarter-Finals Heat One 2 QU 20.61 4
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Four 1 QU 20.90 7
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Final 6 20.55 3
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 20.09 4
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Quarter-Finals Heat Five 2 QU 20.16 4
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Nine 1 QU 20.63 4
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat One 6 20.58 8 0,231
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Quarter-Finals Heat Four 3 QU 20.56 8 0,163
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Five 3 QU 20.78 4 0,191

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics Great Britain GBR Final 2 38.28 3
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 38.52
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Four 2 QU 39.17
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain GBR Final 4 38.08 6
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 38.64

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) ST
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain GBR Final 3 2:59.73 44,74