Profile Starting out as a decathlete, Colin Jackson eventually concentrated on the 110m hurdles, winning two World Championship gold medals and setting a world record of 12.91 seconds at the 1993 World Championships.
Jackson grew up in Cardiff, Wales, and exhibited an all-round talent for sport while at school. Athletics proved to be his favourite and, after initially attempting to become a decathlete, he decided to concentrate on the 110m hurdles. At the inaugural World Junior Athletics Championships in 1986, he won gold in this event. His only Olympic medal, a silver in 1988, followed before he suffered from a multitude of injuries which restricted his success at the Olympic Games. Fortunately, he was able to regain full fitness in non-Olympic years and this enabled him to win four European Championship golds and two World Championship gold medals.
The first of Jackson’s World Championship gold medals came in 1993 when he ran a perfect race against his great rivals, Americans Tony Dees and Jack Pierce, and fellow Briton Tony Jarrett. His time of 12.91 broke the world record by one hundredth of a second, and the record stood for nearly 13 years before Chinese athlete Xiang Liu ran 12.88 seconds in 2006. Six years later, Jackson again won gold, beating Cuban Anier Garcia on the line.
Jackson was known for his very good start which helped him to win both the 60m flat and 60m hurdles titles at the 1994 European Indoor Championships. Jackson still holds the world record at 60m hurdles with 7.30 seconds. Besides his good start, Jackson was even better known as a master of winning on the line with his perfectly timed dip to finish ahead of a close rival. He mastered this so well that this move has been termed the ‘Jackson dip’.