John Regis (athlete)
John Paul Lyndon Regis, MBE (born 13 October 1966, Lewisham, London) is a retired English sprinter. During his career, he won gold medals in the 200 metres at the 1989 World Indoor Championships and the 1990 European Championships, and a silver medal in the distance at the 1993 World Championships.
He was a member of the British teams which won the gold medal in the 4×400 metres relay at the 1991 World Championships, and the silver medal in the 4×100 metres relay at the 1988 Olympic Games. Regis is still the British 200 metres record-holder, which he set in 1994.
Regis's most significant successes in individual events came when competing in the 200 metres. He was the first British athlete to run under 20 seconds for the distance, and still holds the UK record for the event. He was an indoor world champion and an outdoor World Championship runner-up at the distance, and also finished sixth in the event at the 1992 Olympic Games.
Regis also achieved considerable success running in relay races, winning major international medals in both the 4 x 100 metres relay and the 4 x 400 metres relay. Most notably, he ran the third leg for the British 4 × 400 m relay team at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo, helping them defeat the heavily-favoured team from the United States and claim the gold medal. He was also a part of the British 4 × 400 m team in 1990 which set a European Championship record for the event. On 3 March 1991, Regis was a member of the British team which set the world indoor record for the rarely contested 4 x 200 metres with a time of 1:22.11, which has not yet been bettered.
Growing up Regis competed for Lewisham at the London Youth Games. John Regis was awarded an MBE for his services to athletics. In 1989, he opened an all-weather running track at Wellesley Recreation Ground (known as "the Well") in Great Yarmouth.
In 1995, Respect, a 30-minute documentary was made about Regis, produced and directed by Pogus Caesar and broadcast on Carlton TV in London. In 1996, John Regis featured on an episode of GamesMaster on channel 4, winning the 'We're athletic, we like lycra' challenge on the Sega Saturn game Athlete Kings. Since his retirement from athletics in 1999, Regis has worked in the media and sports management. In 2012 John Regis was inducted into the Class of 2012 London Youth Games Hall of Fame.
John Regis's 15-year-old nephew, Adam Regis, was stabbed to death on Saturday 17 March 2007 in Plaistow, Newham, east London. The killers were described in media reports as five black youths, who fled in a car. He had been following in his uncle's footsteps as an athlete.
- 100 metres – 10.07 sec (Split, Yugoslavia, 28 August 1990)
- 200 metres – 19.87 sec (Sestriere, Italy, 31 July 1994, UK record)
- 400 metres – 45.48 sec (Walnut, California, US, 17 April 1993)
International competition record
|Representing the United Kingdom and England|
|1987||World Championships||Rome, Italy||3rd||200 m||20.18|
|1988||Olympic Games||Seoul, South Korea||2nd||4 × 100 m relay||38.28|
|1989||World Indoor Championships||Budapest, Hungary||1st||200 metres||20.54|
|1990||European Championships||Split, Yugoslavia||3rd||100 m||10.07 w (wind: +2.2 m/s)|
|1st||200 m||20.11 (wind: 0.0 m/s)|
|2nd||4 × 100 m relay||37.98|
|1st||4 × 400 m relay||2:58.22 CR|
|Commonwealth Games||Auckland, New Zealand||2nd||200 metres||20.16 w|
|1st||4 × 100 m relay||38.67|
|1991||World Championships||Tokyo, Japan||1st||4 × 400 m relay||2:57.53|
|3rd||4 × 100 m relay||38.09|
|1992||Olympic Games||Barcelona, Spain||3rd||4 × 400 m relay||2:59.73|
|1993||World Championships||Stuttgart, Germany||2nd||200 m||19.94|
|2nd||4 × 100 m relay||37.77|
|1994||Commonwealth Games||Victoria, Canada||2nd||200 m||20.25|
|1998||Commonwealth Games||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||3rd||200 m||20.40|
- BBC - Bobsleigh - Celebrity slide show
- http://www.londonyouthgames.org/page.asp?section=23§ionTitle=Hall+of+Fame Hall of Fame 19 February 2013
- http://adam-regis.gonetoosoon.org/ Memorial to Adam Regis
- Daily Mail coverage of murder of Adam Regis
- John Regis profile at IAAF
- "John Regis". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 23 September 2009.
- Stellar Group Profile
|Men's 200 m Best Year Performance