Christine Arron at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics
13 September 1973 |
Les Abymes, Guadeloupe
|Event(s)||60 metres, 100 metres, 200 metres and the 4x100 metres relay|
Christine Arron (born 13 September 1973) is a retired, track and field sprinter, who competed internationally for France in the 60 metres, 100 metres, 200 metres and the 4x100 metres relay. As of July 2013, she is the world's fifth-fastest, female 100 metres sprinter(10.73 sec) of all time and holds the European record of 10.73 seconds for this distance.
On 19 Aug 1998, Arron won the 100 metres gold medal at the 1998 European Championships in Budapest by finishing the final in a new European record time of 10.73 seconds. Her time of 10.73 seconds made her the world's second-fastest, female 100 metres sprinter, behind Florence Griffith-Joyner (10.49 seconds, set in 1988). She also won the 4×100 metres relay gold medal at the same championships. She was named the 1998 European Women's Athlete of the Year.
In 2001, after a heavy training period in the US with John Smith and the HSI group, Arron quit training for a year, saying she was physically exhausted from the experience. "It was hell. Every morning I wondered how I was going to put up with the burden of training." She had a hip injury which kept her out of the 2001 World Championships.
Arron was also the last runner of the French 4x100 relay team which upset the heavy favourites the USA to win the gold medal in the 2003 World Championships in Athletics held in Paris. She recovered from 3 m behind the new 100 m World Champion, Torri Edwards, to give to the Stade de France crowd an unpredicted joy.
In August 2005, Arron won a bronze medal in the 100 meters and in the 200 meters at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics.
At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Arron competed in the 100 metres sprint. In her first round heat, she placed first in front of Lauryn Williams and Tahesia Harrigan in a time of 11.37 sec to advance to the second round. There she failed to qualify for the semi-finals as her time of 11.36 was only the fourth time of her heat behind Debbie Ferguson, Oludamola Osayomi and Vida Anim, causing her elimination from the event.
As of July 2013, Arron is the world's fifth-fastest, female 100 metres sprinter(10.73 sec) of all time. Considering the controversy surrounding the performances of the world record-holder (10.49 sec, set in 1988), Florence Griffith-Joyner, many considered Arron's time of 10.73 sec. set during the 1998 European Championships to be the 'true' world record. Besides Griffith-Joyner, only Carmelita Jeter, Marion Jones and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce have run faster than Arron in the 100 metres. Jeter's time of 10.64 sec. set in Shanghai in 2009 made her the world's second fastest, female 100 meters sprinter of all time, behind Griffith-Joyner.
In December 2012, Arron announced her retirement from athletics. She was expecting her second child then. She did not rule out the possibility of returning to athletics competition after the birth of her second child. 
Views on doping
Arron has voiced her annoyance with Marion Jones, her fiercest rival during her career: "She has lied for years [...] She treated everyone as idiots. I'm not shocked she is going to jail. Many people criticised me because I was always the one who lost in the Jones-Arron battle, even if I had very good results. We started running together in 1997. She has stolen my best years. Everything could have been different for me."
In 2002, Arron gave birth to her first child, a son by the name of Ethan. On 16 May 2013, Arron gave birth to her second child, a daughter by the name of Cassandre. Cassandre's father Benjamin Compaoré, a French triple jumper, became Arron's companion in 2009.
|1988||1988 CARIFTA Games (youth)||Kingston, Jamaica||3rd||100 m|
|1992||1992 CARIFTA Games (junior)||Nassau, Bahamas||1st||100m|
|1992||World Junior Championships||Seoul, South Korea||semi-final||100 m||11.85|
|1997||Mediteranean Games||Bari, Italy||1st||200 m||22.62|
|World Championships||Athens, Greece||4th||100 m||11.05|
|1998||European Championships||Budapest, Hungary||1t||100 m||10.73|
|1999||World Championships||Seville, Spain||6th||100 m||10.97|
|2000||Olympic Games||Sydney, Australia||semi-final||100 m||11.42 (11.26)|
|2003||World Championships||Paris, France||5th||100 m||11.06|
|2004||Olympic Games||Athens, Greece||semi-final||100 m||11.21 (11.10)|
|2005||World Championships||Helsinki, Finland||3rd||100 m||10.98|
|2006||World Indoor Championships||Moscow, Russia||4th||60 m||7.13 (7.11)|
|2008||Olympic Games||Beijing, China||quarter-final||100 m||11.36|
|2010||European Championships||Barcelona, Spain||8th||100 m||11.37 (11.24)|
|2012||European Championships||Helsinki, Finland||heats||100 m||11.55|
Note: Results in brackets indicate a superior time achieved in an earlier round.
- Do cheats prosper? Just look at the record books – Times Online
- "Christine Arron, enceinte : La belle sprinteuse arrête sa carrière...". www.purepeople.com. 16 December 2012.
- "Pérec et Arron décorées de la Légion d'honneur". L'Équipe. 9 October 2013.
- http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/more_sport/athletics/article4312239.ece Quote from an interview with L'Equipe
- "Christine Arron : La sprinteuse heureuse maman d'une petite fille". www.purepeople.com. 12 July 2013.
|Women's European Athlete of the Year