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Jamaican-born sprint legend spends Christmas in the Caribbean

2 January 2007

By Gary Smith

Britain's Linford Christie, a Jamaican-born former World and Olympic champion celebrated Christmas in Jamaica along with his family, which included his wife and three children.

Christie, who won the gold in the 100m at the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992 before snatching up the IAAF World Cup in Athletics title a month later, took his wife, Mandy along with kids Briannah, Tate and Kian on a special treat to the Caribbean Island.

Accompanying the family also was Christie's former sprint coach Ronald Roddan.

Christie, 36, has been fruitful at almost every level of competition in his career - boosting career bests of 9.87 for the 100m and 20.09 for the 200m and now he wants to use his experience to help others accomplish the same feat he has.

"I am now trying to help others to achieve their goals and this could be seen as repaying for some of what I have achieved" said Christie, who also recorded silver medal performances over the 60m and 200m at the World Indoor Championships at the Sevilla stadium in 1991.

"They say the best thing is to do it yourself and the secondly show someone how to do it and that what I am hoping to do," he added.

At the age of 26, Christie won his very first major title, becoming the first of a new pedigree of talents that defies age as a barrier to perform.

Apart from winning the World and Olympic titles, Christie captured three European and Commonwealth Games crowns, ten European Cup medals as well as four medal podium moments at the World Cup.

He also snatched up a record of seven European Cup titles and was an inspirational captain of the men's British Track and Field team during his career in 1995 and 1997.

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