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Christian Malcolm in Osaka 2007

Christian Sean Malcolm (born June 3, 1979) is a Welsh athlete, specialising in the 200m.[1]

Malcolm was born in Cardiff and resides in Newport, Wales. He won the title of World Junior Athlete of the Year in 1998 and in the 1998 World Junior Championships, he won the 200m in 20.44 seconds. At that year's Commonwealth Games, his 20.29 for the silver medal was a European Junior and Welsh senior record.

He took the 2000 European Indoor gold medal in 20.54, for a Welsh Indoor record. Outdoors he led off for the sprint relay team on the first day and ran a season's best of 20.45 to win the 200m on the second day at the European Cup. He went on to 2nd at the AAAs and to excel at the 2000 Olympics to take fifth place at 200m in 20.23.

In 2001 he took the World Indoor silver medal. Outdoors he was 3rd at 100m and 2nd at 200m at the AAAs and at the World Championships ran eight races to make the finals at both 100m and 200m, finishing 6th and 5th respectively. He also competed as part of the relay team, however, the baton was dropped in the heats.

After four second places at the AAAs, he at last won the 200m in 2005 in a narrow decision over Marlon Devonish and was also 3rd at 100m. He surprised even himself with a brilliant win at the European Cup in 20.15, his best time for five years.

Malcolm represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He competed at the 200 metres and placed second in his first round heat after Brian Dzingai in a time of 20.42 seconds. He improved his time in the second round to 20.30 seconds and placed fourth in his race, normally not enough to advance to the semi finals, but his time was among the four fastest losing times and he qualified after all. With 20.25 in his semi final race he even managed to qualify for the final, finishing fourth in his race, eliminating Paul Hession and Christopher Williams. In the final he came to 20.40 seconds at a seventh place, but due to disqualifications of Churandy Martina (second) and Wallace Spearmon (third) he moved up to the fifth place overall.[1]

Achievements

Year Tournament Venue Result Extra
1998 World Junior Championships Annecy, France 1st 100 metres
1st 200 metres
Commonwealth Games Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2nd 200 metres
2003 World Championships Paris, France DSQ 4x100 m relay
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 3rd 4x100 m relay
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 3rd 4x100 m relay

External links

  1. ^ a b Athlete biography: Christian Malcolm, beijing2008.cn, ret: Sep 01, 2008
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