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Retired British Sprinter 'Excited' To Take Up Role With Athletics Ireland

2 September 2011; Usain Bolt, Jamaica, on his way to winning his heat of the Men's 200m event in a time of 20.30. Also pictured is Christian Malcolm, Great Britain. IAAF World Championships - Day 7, Daegu Stadium, Daegu, Korea. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
PJ Browne
By PJ Browne
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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'

31 August 2003; The Great Britain team of, from left, Darren Campbell, Christian Malcolm, Marlon Devonish and Dwain Chambers, with the silver medals they won in the Men's 4x100m final during the ninth day's competition. 9th IAAF World Championships in Athletics, Stade de France, Paris, France. Picture credit; Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE *EDI*

"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."

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