Darren Campbell is unquestionably one of Britain’s most successful and well known male sprinters. During 1991 and 1992 Darren became the most successful British athlete at junior level, winning four Gold and two Silver Medals at International Championships.
Darren made his debut on the senior circuit as a member of the 4 x 100m squad for the Stuttgart World Championships in 1993. Darren spent the winter of 1993/94 training in Australia with Linford Christie and Colin Jackson. His full introduction to senior international athletics followed, however it was unfortunately interrupted by injury. Darren’s other love is football, and having recovered from his injury he decided to play follow that path, however, after two successful seasons with Newport FC and Weymouth FC, Darren decided the time was right to return to athletics.
In 1995 following another stint of winter training with Linford Christie, this time in Florida, Darren made his breakthrough on the World circuit, running a personal best time of 10.17 in Bratislava at the end of May ’96.
Darren’s career went from strength to strength, and he continually picked up medals in the lead up to his first Olympic success in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney where he won silver in the 200m. Four years later Darren returned to the Olympics, this time claiming Gold as part of the 4x100m relay team.
Darren was awarded an MBE in 2005 for his services to the sport, and carried on performing as one of Britain’s top sprinters, again winning Gold in 2006, this time as part of the men’s 4x100m relay team at the European Championships. He announced his retirement shortly after, and now remains an ambassador of the sport through a number of roles, including his involvement in Street Athletics.
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