Colin Ray Jackson, CBE is one of the greatest athletes in the history of world athletics. Colin’s career as a hurdler, specialising in the 110 metres hurdles, spanned over 20 years before he retired in 2003. He represented both Great Britain and Wales, won an Olympic silver medal, became world champion twice over, world indoor champion once, went undefeated at the European Championships for 12 years and was a two-time Commonwealth champion.
Colin won his first major medal, a silver, in the 110 m hurdles, at the age of nineteen at the 1986 Commonwealth Games. He soon established himself on the global scene, taking bronze at the 1987 World Championships in Athletics and a silver medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics. After winning another silver in the 60 metres hurdles at the 1989 IAAF World Indoor Championships, he won European and Commonwealth gold medals in 1990. The 1993 season saw him reach the pinnacle of his sport: after a silver at the 1993 Indoor Worlds, he went on to set a world record of 12.91 seconds to become the 1993 World Champion. This mark was unbeaten for almost thirteen years and remains the world championship record. Jackson also helped the British 4×100 metres relay team to the world silver medal.
This period was perhaps Jackson’s most successful – he had a streak of 44 races undefeated between 1993 and 1995. In addition to European and Commonwealth golds outdoors in 1994, he set another world record, running 7.30 seconds in the 60 m hurdles. A double gold at the 1994 European Athletics Indoor Championships in the 60 m hurdles and sprint events saw him set a European record of 6.49 seconds over 60 metres. He returned to the global podium in 1997 but took silver twice. After winning the European Championships for a third consecutive time in 1998 he became world champion indoors and out in 1999. He finished fifth at the 2000 Summer Olympics and his last major medals came in 2002, taking European indoor and outdoor gold and a Commonwealth silver.
Today, Colin is a regular member of the BBC athletics commentary team, business owner and founder of the charitable annual event, Go Dad Run.