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Linford Christie

Retired Sprinter
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Net worth 2018: $88 Million
Industry: Sportspersons
Residence: Saint Andrew, Jamaica
Country: British
BirthDay: 2 April 1960
Sigh: Taurus
Height: 1.88 m

Linford Christie was bornon 2 April 1960 in Saint Andrew, Jamaica, British, is Retired Sprinter. Linford Cicero Christie is British former sprinter considered as the most decorated male British athlete ever. Though he emerged in the track scene at a rather late stage of life for a sprinter, he successfully created a niche for himself. He has won 24 major championship medals that included winning gold medals in 100m dash of all the four major events where a British athlete can perform namely the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, European Championships and World Championships – becoming and remaining the only British male athlete to achieve such feat. His accomplishments included one gold and two silver medals at the Olympic Games; one gold, one silver and two bronze medals in World Championships; two silver medals in World Indoor Championships; three gold, one silver and two bronze medals in European Championships; three gold and one bronze medals in European Indoor Championships; and three gold and two silver medals in the Commonwealth Games. The races included 60m, 100m, 200m and 4x100 m relay. Christie remains the first European sprinter to achieve sub-10 Seconds timing in 100m and till present holds the British record with his 9.87 s run set at the 1993 World Championships. He also held European records for 60m, 100m and 4 x 100 metres as well as world indoor record for 200 metres, later surpassed by other athletes. He enlists as the third fastest sprinter among all time greats. He was inducted as MBE in 1990 and as OBE in 1998. His name was included in ‘London Youth Games Hall of Fame’ in 2009 and in ‘England Athletics Hall of Fame’ in 2010.


$88 Million


In 2009 his niece Rachel Christie became Miss England, but she relinquished the crown due to an allegation of assault


He stepped into acting with BBC’s children's drama series ‘Grange Hill’ in 2000 and later appeared in BBC’s television drama series ‘Hustle’


In 1999 IAAF imposed a two-year ban on Christie from athletics after being tested positive with performance-enhancing drug nandrolone


From 1998 to 2000 he remained host of the BBC show ‘Record Breakers’


In 1997 he took retirement from representative international competition but made appearances at invitation meetings


Following his two false starts, Christie faced a disqualification in the 1996 Olympic final


11 seconds in 200 m, achieved on June 25, 1995; and current M35 indoor record of 6


In August 1994 he won two 100m titles, first at the 16th European Athletics Championships held in Helsinki, Finland and then at the Commonwealth Games held in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


The ‘West London Stadium’ was re-christened after him as ‘Linford Christie Stadium’ in 1993


He finally triumphed in capturing an Olympic gold by winning the 100m title in 1992 Summer Olympic Games held at Barcelona, Spain and with this became the oldest athlete at the age of 32 years and 121 days to achieve such feat


In March 1991, he won two silver medals each in the 60m and 200m runs at World Indoor Championships held in Seville, Spain


In 1988, he again secured a gold medal at the European Indoor Championships, this time in 60m dash held at Budapest, Hungary, but finished third in the 200m event earning a bronze medal


Although he finished fourth, Christie received the bronze medal in 100m at the 1987 World Championships in Athletics held in Rome as Ben Johnson the winner was disqualified after he admitted use of steroids for years


Other accomplishments of Christie in 1986 remains securing the 200m title at the European Indoor Championships held at Madrid and finishing second both in 100m and 4 x 100 m events at the Commonwealth Games held in Edinburg


He was not included in the 1984 Summer Olympics team for Great Britain


In 1979 he began training under coach Ron Roddan, whom he first met in his school


In 1978 he joined British youth organization ‘Air Training Corps’


The first ‘London Youth Games’ held in 1977 saw him participating for the borough of Hammersmith & Fulham


He was born on April 2, 1960, in Saint Andrew, Jamaica, to Mabel Christie and James Christie among their seven children

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