Colin Jackson

Colin Jackson ( 2006)

Colin Ray Jackson ( born February 18, 1967 in Cardiff ) is a former British athlete. At a height of 1.82 m his competition weight was 75 kg.

Colin Jackson is one of two World Cup titles and four European championships in the 110- meter hurdles of the most successful athletes ever. His world record of 12.91 s, situated in the World Cup finals in Stuttgart in 1993, was recruited by Liu Xiang in 2004 and undercut in Lausanne in 2006. 1994 Jackson ran in Sindelfingen with 7.30 s to today (as of 3 August 2012) valid indoor world record in the 60 - meter hurdles.

It was 1990, 1992, 1993 and 1994 First year of the global leaderboard. In Britain, he led the annual list of top fifteen years, a feat no other track and field athletes succeed in any discipline.

1990 Colin Jackson with the Medal Member of the British Empire ( MBE ), 1992 awarded the Commander of the British Empire ( CBE).

Sporting career


Colin Jackson was born in 1967 in Cardiff, Wales. His ancestors came from Scotland and Jamaica. At the Llanedeyrn High School, he played football and cricket. To track he found on his later coach Malcolm Arnold. First he ran the decathlon, but soon specialized in the hurdles.

In 1985 Colin Jackson second in the European Junior Championships behind his compatriot Jonathan Ridgeon. At the Junior World Championships 1986 he won the hurdles. At the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in 1986 Jackson won in 13.42 s silver for Wales, behind the Canadian Mark McKoy ( 13.31 s ).


At the European Indoor Championships 1987 in Liévin Colin Jackson won in 7.63 s silver behind the Finn Arto Bryggare. 14 days later at the World Indoor Championships in Indianapolis Jackson was fourth in 7.68 s. In the summer, Jackson won bronze s behind the world champion Greg Foster from the U.S. and behind Ridgeon at the World Championships in Rome in 13.38. In Seoul 1988 Colin Jackson first participated in the Olympic Games. In 13.28 s he won silver, but was held three tenths of a second behind the U.S. Olympic champion Roger Kingdom.

His first international title at senior level won Colin Jackson at the European Indoor Championships in 1989 in The Hague. With 7.59 s he had a distinct advantage over Holger Pohland from East Germany, who won silver with 7.65 s. At the World Indoor Championships in Budapest Jackson won in 7.45 s silver with two hundredths of a second behind Roger Kingdom.

At the 1990 Commonwealth Games, which were held in Auckland, Jackson won the title for Wales in 13.08 s before the Englishman Tony Jarrett in 13.34 s At the European Championships in late August 1990 in Split started Jackson and Jarrett together for the UK. Jackson won in 13.18 s just before Jarrett in 13.21 s

1991 at the World Championships in Tokyo won Jackson his heat but was injured and did not occur in the semi-finals. The 1992 season was very uneven after injury- related training deficit, at the Olympic Games in Barcelona, ​​he was in the final with 13.47 s seventh after he had gone in the previous run 13.10. At the World Cup in Havana Jackson then won with a time of 13.07 s

Already during the indoor season in 1993, it became clear that Colin Jackson was back to his best. At the World Indoor Championships in Toronto three runners ran almost equal to the finish. After target photo interpretation Mark McKoy won in 7.41 s before Jackson in 7.43 s, the American Tony Dees was also in 7.43 s third party. In the summer at the World Championships in Stuttgart, the final was held on 20 August at the hurdles. Colin Jackson won before Tony Jarrett, undercutting with 12.91 seconds the world record of Roger Kingdom from 1989 to a hundredth of a second. With the British 4x100 - meter relay Colin Jackson and Tony Jarrett won with John Regis and Linford Christie in 37.77 s silver behind the relay from the United States. At the end of the year, he was named World Athlete of the Year.


On March 6, 1994 Colin Jackson improved in Sindelfingen with 7.30 s world record in the indoor 60 - meter hurdles. A week later he was in Paris -Bercy indoor European champion. With 7.41 s he had 16 hundredths of a second ahead of second-placed Romanians Georg Boroi. In 6.49 s Colin Jackson also won the 60 - meter race on the flat track, this double in victory on the flat track and on the hurdle track reached so far no other athlete. In August at the European Championships in Helsinki Colin Jackson won the 110- meter hurdles in 13.08 s before the German Florian Schwarthoff and Tony Jarrett. Fourteen days later, took place in Victoria (Canada), the Commonwealth Games 1994. Again, Colin Jackson won in 13.08 s, Second was Tony Jarrett see in 13,22 After the season he was voted European Athlete of the Year.

After a year without a championship is Colin Jackson was at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta fourth in 13.19 s, was third in 13.17 s Florian Schwarthoff behind the Americans Allen Johnson and Mark Crear. At the World Indoor Championships in Paris in 1997, the three medalists were on tight, it won the Cubans Anier Garcia in 7.48 seconds before Jackson in 7.49 s and 7.50 s in Tony Dees At the World Championships in August in Athens Jackson won in 13.05 s also silver, it won Allen Johnson in 12.93 s

Jackson, in 1998, neither at the European Indoor Championships still at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in part. At the European Championships in Budapest but he won his third title in a row. In 13.02 s he set a championship record and won well before the Germans Falk Balzer in 13.12 s

The World Indoor Championships took place in 1999 in the Japanese Maebashi. Colin Jackson won his only World Indoor Championship title when he was in 7.38 s before the Americans Reggie Torian (7.40 s ) and Falk Balzer ( 7.44 s ) won. In the summer at the World Championships in Seville Jackson won his second outdoor title in 13.04 seconds before Anier Garcia, who was second in 13.07 s. In Sydney Colin Jackson took the fourth time participate in the Olympics and reached the finals for the fourth time in the 110- meter hurdles. In 13.28 s, he finished fifth.

After a year without much success Colin Jackson became European Champion in the 60 - meter hurdles at the European Indoor Championships in Vienna in 2002 for the third time. He won in 7.40 s ahead of Austrian Elmar Lichtenegger. The end of July Colin Jackson about 110 meters hurdles in 13.39 s was second behind the South Africans Shaun Bownes, who won in 13.34 s at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. At the European Championships in Munich a fortnight later Colin Jackson won in 13.11 s his fourth title in a row. Second went sandal Staņislavs Olijars in 13.22 s

Jackson ended his career after the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham in March 2003 after he had become in 7.61 s fifth.

Another career

Jackson was until 2008 chairman of the British Biathlon Union and wanted to give more professional structures in this office the sport of biathlon in the UK. Jackson was part of the application team for the implementation of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. For the BBC, he has worked as a sports commentator and presenter.


  • 60m hurdles World Indoor Champion 1999
  • European Indoor Champion 1989, 1994, 2002
  • AAA champion 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2002
  • 60 m flat European Indoor Champion 1994



In the hall

  • 60 - yard dash: 6.49 s ( 1994)
  • 50 - meter hurdles: 6.40 s ( 1999)
  • 60 - meter hurdles: 7.30 s ( 1994)