Christian Malcolm

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Christian Malcolm
Christian Malcolm Barcelona 2010.jpg
Malcolm in Barcelona 2010
Personal information
Born (1979-06-03) 3 June 1979 (age 40)
Newport, Wales
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight66 kg (146 lb)
Event(s)200 metres

Christian Sean Malcolm (born 3 June 1979) is a retired Welsh athlete specialised in the 200 metres.

Early life[edit]

Malcolm was born and was brought up in Newport, where he still lives. He is of Jamaican descent.

When Malcolm was 15 years old, he was offered a contract by English football club Nottingham Forest, having had trials earlier with them and Queens Park Rangers as a young forward.[1] In a 1998 interview, Malcolm claimed he chose athletics as in his view it is a "friendlier sport and you're not as likely to get kicked around the pitch".[1]


Malcolm was educated at two state schools in Newport: Eveswell Primary School and Hartridge High School.[citation needed]

Life and career[edit]

Malcolm 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.

Malcolm 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, Malcolm 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, Malcolm finally 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 in seventh at 20.40 seconds, but as a result of the disqualifications of Churandy Martina (second) and Wallace Spearmon (third) he moved up to the fifth place overall.[2]

At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Malcolm, representing Wales, was one of the favourites to win the men's 200m, and took the bronze medal.

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Great Britain and  Wales
1996 World Junior Championships Sydney, Australia 11th (sf) 200 m 21.52
7th 4 × 100 m relay 40.32
1997 European Junior Championships Ljubljana, Slovenia 2nd 100 m 10.24
1st 200 m 20.51
1st 4 × 100 m relay 39.62
1998 World Junior Championships Annecy, France 1st 100 m 10.12
1st 200 m 20.44
4 × 100 m relay DQ
Commonwealth Games Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 11th (sf) 100 m 10.33
2nd 200 m 20.29
4th 4 × 100 m relay 38.73
1999 European U23 Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 3rd 100 m 10.28 (w)
2nd 200 m 20.47
1st 4 × 100 m relay 38.96
2000 European Indoor Championships Ghent, Belgium 1st 200 m 20.54
Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 5th 200 m 20.23
2001 World Indoor Championships Lisbon, Portugal 24th (h) 60 m 6.77
2nd 200 m 20.76
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 6th 100 m 10.11
5th 200 m 20.22
4 × 100 m relay DNF
Goodwill Games Brisbane, Australia 5th 200 m 20.77
1st 4 × 100 m relay 38.71
2002 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 2nd 200 m 20.65
Commonwealth Games Manchester, United Kingdom 8th 200 m 20.39
8th 4 × 100 m relay 39.73
European Championships Munich, Germany 4th 200 m 20.30
4 × 100 m relay DQ
World Cup Madrid, Spain 6th 4 × 100 m relay 39.23
2003 World Championships Paris, France 8th (sf) 200 m 20.43
4 × 100 m relay DQ
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 12th (sf) 200 m 20.77
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 15th (sf) 200 m 21.09
3rd 4 × 100 m relay 38.27
2006 Commonwealth Games Melbourne, Australia 59th (h) 100 m 32.72
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 3rd 4 × 100 m relay 37.90
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 5th 200 m 20.40
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 2nd 200 m 20.38
Continental Cup Split, Croatia 4th 200 m 20.751
Commonwealth Games Delhi, India 2nd 200 m 20.52
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 15th (sf) 200 m 20.88
4th (h) 4 × 100 m relay 38.292
2012 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 1st (h) 4 × 100 m relay 38.982
Olympic Games London, Great Britain 11th (sf) 200 m 20.51
4 × 100 m relay DQ

1Representing Europe
2Did not finish in the final


  1. ^ a b "Americans out in the cold: Britain's Malcolm and Kenyans deny the US gold for the first time". New Straits Times. Kuala Lumpur. Agence France-Presse. 5 August 1998. p. 35. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Athlete biography: Christian Malcolm". Archived from the original on 26 August 2008. Retrieved 1 September 2008.

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