Colin Jacksons bitter fallout with Linford Christie: Said things I didnt like
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Colin Jackson is hoping this generation of Team GB athletes can repeat his success on the track this year at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Hopes are high for Dina Asher-Smith, who is competing in the women’s 100m semi-final today and is attempting to secure a medal in the final. On Asher-Smith, Jackson said this week that her partnership with her coach John Blackie could prove crucial.
He said: “It’s massively important [their partnership].
“As the athlete, you have the confidence of knowing that there’s somebody who has got your back. A person who will do everything they can to make your life easier.
“I used to tell people that Malcolm [Arnold] was my second dad. In reality, he saw me more than my dad did because I spent so much time with him.
“Like Dina and John, we were together throughout my teenage years and beyond. He saw me at my grumpiest to then growing into a champion athlete.”
Jackson had his own special relationship with Olympic gold medallist Linford Christie during their careers, but this would later lead to fallout.
In 2011, Christie revealed he was no longer speaking to Jackson.
He told The Times: “I don’t really talk to Colin. I have never talked about this before, I felt that we were that close and then certain things happened between us. We were like brothers.
“You can fall out but you should never go public and say things. Colin was trying to sell a book, he went public and said things I didn’t like and it made me realise that maybe he wasn’t the friend I thought he was. But I have moved on.”
The two athletes clashed over the break-up of their sports management company, Nuff Respect, in 1997.
Jackson wrote about the split in his 2003 autobiography, saying: “We didn’t work well together at all. He wasn’t in touch with reality and, as far as I could see, the business to him was all about ego and becoming a superstar. I wasn’t interested in that.”
In 2003, Jackson even revealed that he wanted to torch the offices of the company.
He said: “Despite agreeing with Linford that he’d be there, I travelled three hours from Cardiff to the offices in London to find no-one there and that made me really annoyed.
“There was no sane reason for it. I was exhausted and extremely fed up; so much so that I rang my sister Suzanne to tell her I was burning the place down.
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“I just felt so angry that they were messing me about that I said I was going to put a match through the letter box and torch the place.
“The only thing stopping me was two women with babies in pushchairs chatting on the doorstep of the office.
“I waited but they weren’t going to budge and eventually I calmed down. Looking back, I can’t honestly say I wouldn’t have done it if they hadn’t been there.
“Linford and I have spoken since but it hasn’t ever been the same.”
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