Athletics Ireland has announced that Christian Malcolm has joined its high performance team as sprints lead.
The 43-year-old was a world class spinter who won medals and world and European levels. He also finished fifth in the 200m at the 2000 and 2008 Olympic Games.
Malcolm was previously head coach with Australian Athletics for two years and also held the same role with UK Athletics. He was a key part of Britain's relay success at the 2017 World Championships where they picked up medals in four events.
'Christian Malcolm brings significant experience'
"I’m really excited to take on this role as Ireland builds towards Paris 2024 and beyond," he said.
"There is some really exciting young talent in the system, talent that’s being noticed on a global stage, and I’m keen to support what our coach-athlete pairs are trying to achieve and to build on the success of the relay programme.
"The sprinting landscape here reminds me so much of my early days in the sport in Newport, Wales and the future looks very exciting."
Athletics Ireland performance director Paul McNamara added: “We’re delighted that Christian will join our team and believe he can add real value to our elite sprinters and their coaches, and our relay squads, which have seen unprecedented levels of success in recent years.
"Christian brings significant experience and insight from large programmes with major success on the global stage, and I’ve no doubt he will positively impact on this trajectory of success."
Athletics Ireland says that Malcolm's "key responsibilities will be to provide strategic leadership to the sprints event-group at the elite level, to engage with and support priority coach-athlete pairs and supported coaches, and to oversee the relay programme and support its existing coaching team."