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Linford Christie

British athlete Linford Christie was born on April 2, 1960. At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, he won a gold medal in the 100-meter dash.

Born in Saint Andrew, Jamaica, Christie followed his parents, who had emigrated five years before, to Britain at the age of seven. He did not take up athletics until he was 19.

In 1986, he was the surprise winner of the 100m at the European Championships and finished second at the Commonwealth Games.

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.

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 also became the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

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