Jamaican-born British Olympic sprinter who specialized in the 100-metres event. His many awards include a gold medal in the 1992 Olympics.
Born in St Andrews, Jamaica, Christie was brought up in south London. After first appearing as an athlete for Britain in 1980, he went on to make over fifty more international appearances. In 1986 and 1990 he won the 100-metres gold in the European championships. At the Commonwealth Games he won the 100-metres silver in 1986 and the gold in 1990 and 1994. In 1993 he won the 100-metres gold at the World Championships in Stuttgart. At the Olympics he won the 100-metres silver in 1988, and in 1992, while serving as British team captain, Christie became the oldest man ever to win the 100-metres gold. In 1995 he set a world indoor 200-metres record time of 20.25 seconds.
Voted British Athletic Writers' Association male athlete of the year in 1988 and 1992, Christie has published two volumes of autobiography (1989, 1995). Since his retirement in 1997 he has successfully made the transition to coaching younger athletes.
Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).