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Christie, Linford

Born: 1960 AD
Currently alive, at 55 years of age.
Nationality: British
Categories: Track and Field Athlete

1960 – Born in Saint Andrew, Jamaica on the 2nd of April.

1986 – He was the surprise winner of the 100 m at the European Championships and finished second at the Commonwealth Games.

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.

1992 – He succeeded Allan Wells as a British Olympic 100 m champion, winning the title ahead of Namibian Frankie Fredericks.

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.

1994 – He was less successful.

1995 – He ran an indoor record of 20.25 for the 200 m but by then the outdoor record was well below 20 secs.

1996 – Christie was disqualified in the Olympic final after two false starts.

1997 – He officially retired.

1990-1998 – He was appointed MBE in and OBE.

1999 – He was persuaded out of semi-retirement by his training group to compete in an indoor meet in Dortmund, Germany.

2006 – In April 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.

         – In August, for the first time in over six years, he was permitted to go trackside at the European Championships in Gothenburg.