CHRISTIE Lindford (1960) Great Britain / Track and field
This Jamaican-born British athlete achieved a veritable feat at the Barcelona games, when he won the 100 m sprint star event, beating all the American athletes who had been so carefully hand-picked during the American national championships. Having finished fifth, defending Olympic champion Carl Lewis was thus eliminated from the team selection.A year later, Christie proved that his Olympic win was no fluke when he became world champion over this distance.The British athlete made it to the 100 m final at the Atlanta games. However, he was eliminated before the race even got underway, after having caused two false starts. What followed was less glorious. After testing positive for nandrolone, he was suspended for two years and could not go to Sydney with the athletes he now trains.