Colin Jackson



Colin Jackson was born on 18 February 1967 in Cardiff.

Colin Jackson was a top-class hurdler who won every major title except Olympic gold.

In spite of retiring in 2003, Colin Jackson still holds the world record for the indoor 60m hurdles, He held the outdoor 110m hurdles (12.91 seconds set in the final of the 1993 World Championships) until it was finally bettered by Liu Xiang in 2006.

Colin Jackson won an extraordinary 44 consecutive hurdles victories between August 1993 and February 1995 and, in 2002, he became the European champion for the fourth successive time (in indoor 60m hurdles).

Colin Jackson is often to be seen as a sports commentator or pundit for the BBC, frequently in tandem with Michael Johnson, who claimed that Jackson was one of athletics' all-time greats, saying: "The fact that he has not won Olympic gold does not detract one bit from his achievements."

In 1989 Colin Jackson was awarded an MBE - upgraded to a CBE in 2003.

Colin Jackson partnered Erin Boag in Strictly Come Dancing series 3.

Colin Jackson's dancing in the first show drew plaudits - not least from former Strictly Come Dancing winner, Jill Halfpenny, who said that she was 'very impressed with Colin's hips'! In the end Colin and Erin ended up second in Strictly Come Dancing.

In March 2006, Colin Jackson was appointed President of the BBU, the governing body of British Biathlon.

In February 2007, Colin Jackson caused a stir on the BBC programme, The Truth About Food. As an experiment he gave up meat for a month, but he did not recommend it, saying:

"I definitely think vegetarians are weaker ... they should have some type of meat whether it's fish or actual meat. Human beings are omnivores."

Colin Jackson's comments did not go down well with the Vegetarian Society.
"Colin, a huge thank you for being such a superb host for our National Training Award events. You hit just the right note, made the winners feel special and brought your own personal energy and enthusiasm to all the events. We were also delighted that your own skills development journey mirrored our aims and objectives so well. Thank you"   National Training & UK Skills Awards
"Colin was absolutely fantastic and both the clients & attendees loved him.  I would defiantly recommend him to others"   IMS Health
"Colin Jackson was engaged to speak on behalf of Invest NI at three different business events as part of a week long initiative targeting entrepreneurs. His engaging account of the highs and lows of an international athletics career had the audience at each event hanging on his every word. Colin does not just deliver an inspirational story, his interaction with the audience following his talk was superb"   Invest NI

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