Tyler Christopher (athlete)

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Tyler Christopher
Personal information
BornOctober 3, 1983
Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada

Tyler Christopher (born October 3, 1983 in Chilliwack, British Columbia) is a former Canadian sprinter who specialized in 400 meters. He is the Canadian record holder for the distance in both indoor and outdoor competition.[1]

In 2004 he won the NACAC U23 Championships. The following year he competed in 400 meters at the World Championships in Helsinki and won a bronze medal, setting a new national record of 44.44 seconds. His personal best in the 200 meters event is 20.49 s, also achieved in 2005.

Christopher's return to the World Championships in 2007 saw him finish sixth in the 400 m. At the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he won the silver medal in 45.05 s behind Chris Brown of the Bahamas. The race was marred by a controversial start whereas Christopher thought there was a false start, and he slowed to nearly a dead-stop at the beginning of the race.[2]

He was awarded by Athletics Canada the Jack W. Davies trophy as the 2005 outstanding overall athlete and the Phil A. Edwards Memorial trophy as the top athlete in track events.

On March 9, 2008, Tyler won the men's 400 meters title at the 2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Valencia, Spain with a Canadian-record time of 45.67 s.[1]

Christopher's coach, Kevin Tyler is also an accomplished athlete. He finished fifth at the Canadian Track and Field Championships in the 400 m, has won the World Wheelbarrow championship in Ladner, B.C and was the brake man for the 1988 Canadian Olympic bobsled team.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics Christopher ran a disappointing 45.67 s, finishing fifth in his heat and not qualifying for the semi-finals. In an interview with CBC reporter Elliot Friedman after the race Christopher attributed his poor performance to the flu, which had prevented him from training in the days prior to the qualifying event.

Personal bests[edit]

Last updated April 19, 2009

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
60 meters 6.70 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada February 2, 2008
150 meters 15.17 Sainte Anne, Quebec, Canada May 20, 2004
200 meters 20.49 Claremont, California, United States April 15, 2005
300 meters 31.77 Sainte Anne, Quebec, Canada May 20, 2004
400 meters 44.44 NR Helsinki, Finland August 20, 2005
400 meters (indoor) 45.67 NR Valencia, Spain March 9, 2008
  • All information from IAAF Profile[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Toronto Star Reports on Gold Medal : March 9, 2008
  2. ^ High drama at Pan Am Games as Canadian medal count surges
  3. ^ "Christopher, Tyler biography". IAAF. Retrieved 2009-04-19.

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