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Encyclopedia > Linford Christie
Medal record
Men's athletics
Olympic Games
Gold 1992 Barcelona 100 m
Silver 1988 Seoul 100 m
Silver 1988 Seoul 4x100 m
World Championships
Gold 1993 Stuttgart 100 m
European Championships
Gold 1986 Stuttgart 100 m
Gold 1990 Split 100 m
Gold 1994 Helsinki 100 m
Bronze 1990 Split 200 m
Commonwealth Games
Gold 1990 Auckland 100 m
Gold 1990 Auckland 4x100 m
Gold 1994 Victoria 100m

Linford Christie, OBE (born April 2, 1960) is a former athlete, and the only English man to win Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European 100 m gold medals. Christie's track career was ended when he received a two-year ban for taking a performance-enhancing substance, although he has continually denied any wrongdoing. The 1992 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXV Olympiad, were held in 1992 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. ... Athletics Medal Winners at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics Categories: | ... The 1988 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIV Olympiad, were held in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. ... The Mens 100m at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea ended in controversy, after Canadas Ben Johnson defeated defending champion Carl Lewis from the United States with a world record time of 9. ... The 1988 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIV Olympiad, were held in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The 4th World Championships in Athletics, under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations, were held in the Gottlieb Daimler Stadium, Stuttgart, Germany between August 13 and August 22. ... The 14th European Championships in Athletics. ... The 15th European Championships in Athletics were in held in Split a city in Yugoslavia. ... The 16th European Championships in Athletics were in held in Helsinki, Finland. ... The 15th European Championships in Athletics were in held in Split a city in Yugoslavia. ... The 1990 Commonwealth Games were held in Auckland, New Zealand. ... The 1990 Commonwealth Games were held in Auckland, New Zealand. ... Countries that competed The 1994 Commonwealth Games were held August 18-28, 1994 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. ... Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire (Military division) The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority... April 2 is the 92nd day of the year (93rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 273 days remaining. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... Look up Athlete in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ...

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Biography

Early years

Born in Saint Andrew, Jamaica, Christie followed his parents, who had emigrated five years before, to England at the age of seven. He was educated at Henry Compton Secondary School in Fulham, London and excelled in P.E.. He did not take up athletics until he was 19. Saint Andrew (capital Half Way Tree) is a parish, situated in the south east of Jamaica in the county of Surrey. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... For the place in Adelaide, South Australia see Fulham, South Australia Fulham is an area of London in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, located 3. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Physical instruction at the U.S. Naval Training Station, Newport, RI, 1917 In most educational systems, physical education (PE), also called physical training (PT) or gym in less progressive settings, is a course in the curriculum which utilizes learning in the cognitive, affective and psycho motor domains in a play... A womens 400 metre hurdles race on a typical outdoor red rubber track. ...

Cover of biography of Linford Christie.
Cover of biography of Linford Christie.

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Track career

Christie's early track career was not promising. He failed to make the GB team at the 1984 Summer Olympics, and it was not until he began to work in earnest under the coaching of Ron Roddan that he began to fulfill his potential. Music sample: Olympic Fanfare and Theme ( file info) — composed by John Williams for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles Problems listening to the file? See media help. ...


In 1986, he was the surprise winner of the 100 m at the European Championships and finished second at the Commonwealth Games. 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... (Redirected from 100 m) 100m is the classic sprint race distance. ... The 14th European Championships in Athletics. ... Current flag of the Commonwealth Games Federation Locations of the games, and participating countries The Commonwealth Games is a multinational, multi-sport event. ...


At the 1988 Summer Olympics, Christie won silver behind Carl Lewis, though only after Ben Johnson, who set a new World Record in 9.79 seconds, had been disqualified for a doping offence. Interestingly, at the same games, Christie's time of 20.09 that placed him 4th in the 200 m, would have been enough to secure gold at Sydney twelve years later. The 1988 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIV Olympiad, were held in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. ... Frederick Carlton (Carl) Lewis (born July 1, 1961) is a retired American track and field athlete who won 10 Olympic medals including 9 golds, and 10 World Championships medals, of which 8 were golds, in a career that spanned from 1979 when he first achieved a world ranking to 1996... Benjamin Sinclair Ben Johnson CM (born December 30, 1961) is a controversial former Canadian athlete, best known for his disqualification for doping use after winning the 100 m final in the 1988 Summer Olympics. ...


In 1992, he succeeded Allan Wells as a British Olympic 100 m champion, winning the title ahead of Namibian Frankie Fredericks. In 1993, he became the first man in history to hold the Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth titles in the 100 m as he was victorious at the Stuttgart World Championships. He was also voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Allan Wipper Wells (born May 3, 1952) is a former Scottish athlete. ... Frank Fredericks (born October 2, 1967) is a Namibian athlete, the first and so far only Olympic medalist of his country. ... The 15th European Championships in Athletics were in held in Split a city in Yugoslavia. ... City Center seen from Weinsteige Road Stuttgart Palace Square - New Palace Solitude Palace The 1956 TV Tower U.S. Army Kelley Barracks Stuttgart [], located in southern Germany, is the capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg with a population of 591,528 (as of April 2006) in the city... A World Championship is any contest to determine the best in the world in a particular field. ... The BBC Sports Personality of the Year award is given to one sportsman or sportswoman, usually British, every year. ...


After 1994, he was less successful. Christie was disqualified in the 1996 Olympic final after two false starts. He officially retired in 1997.[1] 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... The 1996 Summer Olympics, formally known as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad and informally known as the Centennial Olympics, were held in 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. ...


In 1999, he was persuaded out of semi-retirement by his training group to compete in an indoor meet in Dortmund, Germany. But the routine doping test found traces of the banned substance nandrolone. Although the British Athletic Federation found him to be not guilty, the IAAF overruled and confirmed the suspension. Dortmund is a city in Germany, located in the Bundesland of North Rhine-Westphalia, in the Ruhr area. ... Nandrolone is an anabolic steroid occurring naturally in the human body, albeit in small quantities. ... UK Athletics is the governing body for the sport of athletics in the United Kingdom. ... The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is the international governing body for the sport of athletics (known in the US as track and field). It was founded in 1912 at its first Congress in Stockholm, Sweden by representatives from 17 national athletics federations as the International Amateur Athletics Federation. ...


When the story of the positive drug test was first leaked to the press, it resulted in Puma opting not to continue Christie's £100,000 sponsorship contract. Three years earlier, at the Atlanta Olympics, Christie controversially wore contact lenses embossed with the Puma logo at the press conference preceding the 100m final.[2] Reebok had paid $40m to be the official sponsor, and Christie's actions were seen as 'ambush marketing' and a breach of Olympic rules on the wearing of sponsor's logos by athletes.[3] PUMA AG Rudolf Dassler Sport (PUMA) is a large German-based multinational company that produces high-end athletic shoes and other sportswear. ... Reebok International Limited is a subsidiary of Adidas AG, and producer of athletic footwear, apparel, and accessories. ... Ambush marketing occurs when a brand pays to become the official sponsor of an event and an other brand tries to connect itself to the same event, without paying the sponsorship fee and without breaking any law. ...


Linford did set a world record. In 1995 he ran an indoor record of 20.25 for the 200 m but by then the outdoor record was well below 20 secs. He remains the British record holder at 100 m, with the 9.87 s he ran at the 1993 World Championships. 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


By the end of his track career Christie had won 23 medals overall, more than any other British male athlete before or since. He was appointed MBE in 1990 and OBE in 1998. Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire (Military division) The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority... Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire (Military division) The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority...


Later years and relationship with the press

Ironically, Christie had the previous year won a libel action against the journalist John McVicar. McVicar had insinuated in a satirical magazine that Christie's remarkable rise from 156th in the world to triumph at an age when he should have been in decline could only have been achieved through drugs. Part of the court's decision was that McVicar should be bound by an injunction restraining him from accusing Christie of taking banned substances. Nonetheless the £40,000 damages awarded were outweighed by the cost Christie incurred to bring the case. In English and American law, and systems based on them, libel and slander are two forms of defamation (or defamation of character), which is the tort or delict of making a false statement of fact that injures someones reputation. ... John McVicar (born 1941) is a British journalist. ...

Christie's response to the press accusations.
Christie's response to the press accusations.

Commenting afterwards, John McVicar called Christie "The Judy Garland of the 100 metres",[4] refering to the emotional performance that Christie had given before the court.[5] Image File history File links Linford1. ... Image File history File links Linford1. ... Judy Garland (born Frances Ethel Gumm; June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969) was an Oscar-nominated American film actress, considered by many to be one of the greatest singing stars of Hollywoods Golden Era of musical film, best known for her role as Dorothy Gale from The Wizard of...


During this case, Christie raised another of his grievances with the media – comments about the figure-hugging running suits that Christie generally wore. The term Linford's lunchbox had been coined by the media in reference to the bulge of Christie's genitalia in his Lycra shorts. Lycra is INVISTAs trademark for a synthetic polyurethane-based elastane textile with elastic properties of the sort known generically as spandex. As with other spandex materials, Lycra is commonly used in athletic or active clothing, such as clothes for cycling, swimwear, leotards and dancewear, as well as in underclothes. ...


"Linford's lunchbox is one of my grievances with the media. I don't like it … Nobody ever goes on about Sally Gunnell's figure … I think it is disgusting, I don't like it at all."[6] Sally Jane Janet Gunnell, OBE (born July 29, 1966 in Chigwell, Essex, England) was an Olympic champion in the 400m hurdles. ...


The judge Mr Justice Popplewell, caused hilarity in the court by asking Christie to explain the phrase, asking "What is Linford's lunchbox?"[7]


The reference became a part of pop culture, as evidenced in a joke by Nick Hancock: "There's nothing new you can say about Linford Christie, except he's slow and has got a small penis". Popular culture, or pop culture, is the vernacular (peoples) culture that prevails in a modern society. ... Nick Hancock (born January 25, 1962) is a British actor and television presenter. ...


Christie's anger at this unwanted attention led to his infamous "newspaper print" running suit, although Christie had been said to have boasted about his body on occasions: "A lot of people have looked at my physique and two things can come into their mind – admiration and envy."[8]


In 1993 Christie formed a sports management and promotions company, Nuff Respect, with sprint-hurdler Colin Jackson. One of their early products was a sports training and workout video, The S Plan: Get Fit with Christie and Jackson. Jackson was later to leave the enterprise, saying "Linford has to be in control, he has to be number one, he has to be the leader."[9] Since his retirement Linford Christie has spent less time as a public figure and has devoted most of his time to managing his company. Colin Ray Jackson (born February 18, 1967 in Cardiff, Wales) was a sprint and hurdling athlete and now works as a sports commentator and television presenter predominantly for the BBC. He attended Llanedeyrn High School playing football and cricket for the county and rugby and basketball for his school. ...


That same year, the West London Stadium was renamed the Linford Christie Stadium in honour of Christie. The Linford Christie Stadium is an athletics stadium in West London. ...


Christie's famous claim that he started races on the "B of the Bang" inspired a spectacular sculpture of the same name, officially unveiled by Christie in Manchester in 2004. It celebrates the Commonwealth Games held in the city in 2002. B of the Bang B of the Bang is a sculpture designed by Thomas Heatherwick erected in Manchester, England. ... Current flag of the Commonwealth Games Federation Locations of the games, and participating countries The Commonwealth Games is a multinational, multi-sport event. ... The 2002 Commonwealth Games were held in Manchester, England from July 25 to August 4. ...


Away from the track, Christie hosted the BBC television children's series Record Breakers for a time until its cancellation in 2001. A keen amateur gardener, he also co-hosted the series Garden Invaders. The British Broadcasting Corporation, usually known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion... ÆÀÉRecord Breakers was a British Guinness Book of Records themed childrens TV show, originally presented by Roy Castle with twin brothers Norris McWhirter and Ross McWhirter. ...


Drug ban

Christie tested positive for the stimulant pseudoephedrine at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, but was cleared after the International Olympic Committee decided the substance could have come from the permitted substance ginseng.[10] Pseudoephedrine (commonly abbreviated as PSE) is a sympathomimetic amine commonly used as a decongestant. ... Bold textralf is gay IOC redirects here. ...


In a separate matter in 1999, Christie was found guilty of using the performance enhancing drug Nandrolone following a routine doping test after an indoor meet in Germany. By this time, Christie was in semi-retirement. Nandrolone is an anabolic steroid occurring naturally in the human body, albeit in small quantities. ...


He was found to have metabolites of nandrolone in his urine, which may have been accidentally introduced to his system by taking legal nutritional supplements.[11][12][13]


The IAAF rejected that explaination, and gave Christie a two-year ban from athletics, despite UK Athletics feeling that there was 'reasonable doubt whether the drug had been taken deliberately.'[14] The ban did not extend to coaching activities. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is the international governing body for the sport of athletics (known in the US as track and field). It was founded in 1912 at its first Congress in Stockholm, Sweden by representatives from 17 national athletics federations as the International Amateur Athletics Federation. ... UK Athletics is the governing body for the sport of athletics in the United Kingdom. ...


Christie has always denied any wrongdoing. "If I took drugs there had to be a reason to take drugs. I had pretty much retired from the sport."


Following the ban, the British Olympic Association announced that Christie would not be accredited for any future Olympic Games, in accordance with their regulations. However, despite being unable to go trackside at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, the BOA allowed Christie, coach to several competing athletes, to attend the British training camp in Australia. The British Olympic Association (BOA) is responsible for the United Kingdoms participation in the Olympic Games. ... The 2000 Summer Olympics or the Millennium Games/Games of the New Millennium, officially known as the Games of the XXVII Olympiad, were the Summer Olympic Games held in 2000 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. ... The Sydney Opera House on Sydney Harbour Sydney (pronounced ) is the most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of over 4. ...


Role in the 2012 Olympics

In the successful London bid for the 2012 Olympic Games, Christie was absent from the team, even though he states he attempted to get involved. Christie has cited an ongoing feud between himself and former team-mate Sebastian Coe as a likely reason for the snub,[15][16][17] although since 1999 British athletics chiefs had 'overlooked' Christie because of his positive nandrolone test.[18] Commenting on the argument, Christie's team mate, Derek Redmond, said of him "He's a well-balanced athlete; he has a chip on both shoulders."[19] The 2012 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXX Olympiad, will be held in London, United Kingdom from 27 July to 12 August 2012. ... Sebastian Newbold Coe, Baron Coe, OBE (born September 29, 1956) is a British athlete, and Conservative Party politician. ... Nandrolone is an anabolic steroid occurring naturally in the human body, albeit in small quantities. ... Derek Redmond (born September 3, 1965 in Bletchley) is a retired English athlete. ...


However in April 2006 it was announced that he would be a senior mentor for athletes on the national team, along with former athletes Steve Backley, Daley Thompson and Katharine Merry.[20] This proved controversial however, due to Christie's previous two-year ban for taking drugs. "I don't think he should be in that mentor role," said Paula Radcliffe, the World marathon record holder. "We have to make sure that the people in that mentor role have an integrity and strong sense of ethics and morals."[21] For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Stephen James (Steve) Backley (born February 12, 1969) is a former British athlete specialising in the javelin. ... Francis Morgan Thompson, CBE (born July 30, 1958 in Worcester Park), known commonly as Daley Thompson, is a former English decathlete and arguably the greatest the world had ever seen. ... Katharine Merry (born September 21, 1974 at Dunchurch near Rugby, England) is a British female sprinter, who is most notable for winning an Olympic bronze medal for the 400 metre sprint at the 2000 Summer Olympics at Sydney, Australia. ... Paula Radcliffe Paula Jane Radcliffe, MBE (born December 17, 1973) is a British long-distance runner. ... Modern-day marathon runners Runners in ancient Greece. ...


In August 2006, for the first time in over six years, he was permitted to go trackside at the European Championships in Gothenburg. Official logo The 19th European Championships in Athletics were held in Gothenburg, Sweden, between August 7 and August 13, 2006. ... Location of Gothenburg in northern Europe Coordinates: Country Sweden County Västra Götaland County Province Västergötland Charter 1621  - Mayor Göran Johansson Area    - City 450 km²  (174 sq mi)  - Water 14. ...


However, the BOA has confirmed that their ban on Olympic accreditation for Christie remains in place, and he will not be permitted access to the Olympic Villages or the trackside, either in Beijing in 2008, or in London in 2012.[22][23] The British Olympic Association (BOA) is responsible for the United Kingdoms participation in the Olympic Games. ...


Quotes and trivia

  • It does not follow that all athletes who are big take drugs... Only by testing all athletes will the sport be kept clean of drugs.[24]
  • I will have no complaints if people remember me as one of the best athletes in the world.[25]
  • Although a shoe size 10, Christie competed in size 9½ spikes.

References

  1. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sport/412020.stm
  2. ^ http://www.canoe.ca/OlympicsGallery/jul25_eyes.html
  3. ^ http://www.iprights.com/publications/articles/article.asp?articleID=165
  4. ^ http://www.gordonpoole.com/speakers/JohnMcVicar.htm
  5. ^ http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_19980628/ai_n14154422
  6. ^ L. Christie & T. Ward, Linford Christie: An Autobiography (1990, updated 1996 as To Be Honest With You)
  7. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/htmlContent.jhtml?html=/archive/1998/06/19/nlin19.html
  8. ^ L. Christie & J. Nicholson, A Year in the Life of Linford Christie (1996)
  9. ^ Colin Jackson, The Autobiography (2003)
  10. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/athletics/1033514.stm
  11. ^ Professor Ron Maughan, University of Aberdeen
  12. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/in_depth/2000/drugs_in_sport/863386.stm
  13. ^ Tseng, Y.L.; Kuo F.H. and Sun K.H. (2005-05-29). "Quantification and profiling of 19-norandrosterone and 19-noretiocholanolone in human urine after consumption of a nutritional supplement and norsteroids", Journnal of Toxicology.
  14. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/athletics/889694.stm
  15. ^ BBC interview, 3rd July 2006
  16. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/athletics/4341074.stm
  17. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/athletics/1809821.stm
  18. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/athletics/5149910.stm
  19. ^ http://thegreenman.net.au/finishline/archives/linford_christie_still_in_the_wilderness.html
  20. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/athletics/4910440.stm
  21. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/athletics/4788157.stm
  22. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4784003.stm
  23. ^ http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/sport.cfm?id=1142132006
  24. ^ L. Christie & J. Nicholson, A Year in the Life of Linford Christie (1996)
  25. ^ L. Christie & T. Ward, Linford Christie: An Autobiography (1990, updated 1996 as To Be Honest With You)
  • Mackay, D. (1996). Linford Christie. 

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See also

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Olympic champions in men's 100 m
1896: Tom Burke | 1900: Frank Jarvis | 1904: Archie Hahn | 1908: Reggie Walker | 1912: Ralph Craig | 1920: Charlie Paddock | 1924: Harold Abrahams | 1928: Percy Williams | 1932: Eddie Tolan | 1936: Jesse Owens | 1948: Harrison Dillard | 1952: Lindy Remigino | 1956: Bobby Joe Morrow | 1960: Armin Hary | 1964: Bob Hayes | 1968: Jim Hines | 1972: Valeri Borzov | 1976: Hasely Crawford | 1980: Allan Wells | 1984: Carl Lewis | 1988: Carl Lewis | 1992: Linford Christie | 1996: Donovan Bailey | 2000: Maurice Greene | 2004: Justin Gatlin
Post-war British Olympic champions in men's athletics
1956: Chris Brasher (3000 m steeplechase) | 1960: Don Thompson (50 km walk) | 1964: Ken Matthews (20 km walk) | 1964: Lynn Davies (long jump) | 1968: David Hemery (400 m hurdles) 1980: Allan Wells (100 m) | 1980: Steve Ovett (800 m) | 1980 & 1984: Sebastian Coe (1500 m) | 1980 & 1984: Daley Thompson (decathlon) | 1992: Linford Christie (100 m) | 2000: Jonathan Edwards (triple jump) | 2004: Jason Gardener, Darren Campbell, Marlon Devonish & Mark Lewis-Francis (4 x 100 m relay)
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Men's European Athlete of the Year
1993
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NAME Christie, Linford
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION English athlete, Olympic medalist
DATE OF BIRTH April 2, 1960
PLACE OF BIRTH Saint Andrew, Jamaica
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH

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He was Linford Christy who had not taken seriously to sprinting until he was 25 years of age, who admitted happily that up to then he had preferred playing deminoes to training and who had been dismissed as a potential crowd-puller by promoter Andy Norman as an athlete "not capable of filling a telphone box".
Linford Christie took off on one of the most remarkable careers in the history of athletics.
Throughout his long career Linford Christie set a vast collection of records at British, British Commonwealth and European level, both indoor and outdoor and perhaps his most striking performance was his 9.87 seconds in winning the 100 Meters at the 1993 World Championships in Stuttgart.
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