Colin Jackson – Athlete

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Colin Jackson

Colin Jackson

Colin Jackson was one of Britain’s greatest ever athletes who retired after a remarkable seventeen years at the top.

Although as a boy, Colin Jackson had an all-round talent for sport, playing football and cricket for the county and rugby and basketball for his school. Athletics came most naturally to him, his favoured event being the 110m hurdles.

After a brilliant junior career, he won his first major medal in 1986, silver for Wales at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. He followed that with a World Championship bronze in 1987 and another silver at the Seoul Olympics in 1988 before he was crowned Commonwealth and European champion in 1990.

Colin’s career wasn’t without disappointment though. At the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 – he was expected to win but only managed seventh place.

Having tasted defeat he returned in style, setting a world record time of 12.91 seconds for the 110m hurdles at the World Championships in Stuttgart in 1993. That record stands to this day – as does his time of 7.30 seconds for the indoor 60m hurdles in 1994. I addition to this Colin has won many titles, including four successive European titles from 1990 to 2002, but Olympic gold continued to elude him. Jackson has now retired following the World Indoor championships in Birmingham in March 2003.

Jackson received official recognition of his success in 1990 when he was awarded the M.B.E. He was upgraded to a C.B.E in the 2003 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Colin Jackson partnered Erin Boag in Strictly Come Dancing series 3.

Colin Jackson’s dancing in the first show drew plaudits – not least from former Strictly Come Dancing winner, Jill Halfpenny, who said that she was ‘very impressed with Colin’s hips’! In the end Colin and Erin ended up second in Strictly Come Dancing.

In March 2006, Colin Jackson was appointed President of the BBU, the governing body of British Biathlon.

In February 2007, Colin Jackson caused a stir on the BBC programme, The Truth About Food. As an experiment he gave up meat for a month, but he did not recommend it, saying:

“I definitely think vegetarians are weaker … they should have some type of meat whether it’s fish or actual meat. Human beings are omnivores.”

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