Darren Campbell /

Darren Campbell MBE

Date of Birth

12 September 1973

Role

Focus 2014 Board Member

From

Manchester

Twitter

@campbelldarren

Biography

A former English Sprint athlete in the 100m, 200m and 4 x 100m, Darren was the European record holder in the relay event with 37.73 seconds.

Darren spent two years away from athletics, playing professional football but returned in 1995, attending first Olympics shortly afterwards.

He competed as part of British 4 × 100 m relay team and between 1997-2000 won two World Championship medals, a gold medal at the 1998 Commonwealth Games and set a European record in the event.

Success also came in the individual events: he became 1998 European Champion in 100m and won his first Olympic medal, a silver in the 200m at the 2000 Sydney Games.

In the 100m he won silver at the 2002 European Championships and was the 2003 World Championships bronze medallist.

Campbell formed part of perhaps Britain's most successful relay team - they won in the European Cup in 1999 and 2000, at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, and took the gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics (the first time a British team had done so since 1912).

He won his last medal in 2006, taking the relay gold at the European Championships, and he retired shortly afterwards. His personal bests of 10.04 s in the 100m and 20.13 s in the 200m place him among the top six fastest British sprinters ever.

Darren now works with various Premier League football clubs, working with the players to improve their sprinting ability. He also regularly visits schools to promote sport among children, on behalf of the Youth Sport Trust

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