Linford was the first of a new breed of athlete that defied age as a barrier to perform, winning his first major title at the age of 26. He went on to become the World’s No 1 in the most fiercely competitive and prestigious event in athletics, the men’s 100m. His impressive title collection includes an Olympic, a World Championship, three European, three Commonwealth, ten European Cup and four World Cup medals. Linford was the first man to retain the World Cup 100m title and in 1997 won a record 7th European Cup title. From 1995 to 1997 he was the inspirational captain of the men’s British Athletic team.
He was educated at Henry Compton Secondary School in Fulham, London where he excelled in physical education. He went onto join the Air Training Corps in 1978.
In 1986, he won the 100 metres at the European Championships and finished second at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, behind Ben Johnson. He also received a bronze medal at the 1987 World Championships in Athletics in Rome.
1992 was a big year for Linford Cicero Christie. He succeeded Allan Wells as a British Olympic 100 m champion, winning the title ahead of Frankie Fredericks, of Namibia at the Barcelona Olympic Games. In the final Christie ran 9.96 s in the final, and at 32 years old became the oldest Olympic 100 m champion by four years.
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.
Also in 1993 the West London Stadium was renamed the Linford Christie Stadium in his honour. Christie’s famous claim that he started races on the “B of the Bang” inspired a large public sculpture of the same name. Erected as a celebration of the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, it was officially unveiled by Christie in 2004.
In 2010, Christie appeared on the UK ITV television channel’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! show, subsequently becoming the sixth person to be eliminated, on 30 November 2010.
Linford Christie retired in 1997 as Britain’s greatest ever athlete to concentrate his time and energy into his sports personality consultancy ‘Nuff Respect’. He is currently available for personal appearances and Q & A’s.