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Sally Gunnell

Sally Gunnell, born Sally Jane Janet Gunnell, OBE, was born 29th July 1966 in Chigwell, Essex. She is a former Olympic champion in the 400m hurdles and has also worked as a television presenter, mainly for the BBC until January 2006.

Sally’s entrance to athetics started out with the Essex Ladies club as an accomplished long jumper and pentathlete. She then turned to the sprints and hurdling and is the only woman ever to hold four major track titles concurrently – Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth, in the 400 metre hurdles.

Gunnell won the 400m hurdles At the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Sally won the 400m hurdles. She then set the world record in the same event when she won gold in the 1993 World Championships. Kim Batten broke this record in 1995, but she still holds the UK record. In 1996, in Atlanta, her Olympic title defence was halted, as she pulled up in one of her races, injured. It was her 30th Birthday, adding to the disappointment for her.

She worked as a Red Cross ambassador in Angola, in 1996. Then, in September 1997, she retired after a recurrence of an achilles tendon injury.

Sally was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1998

In summer 2006, she took part in the BBC’s Sport Relief event Only Fools on Horses, as a celebrity show jumper

Following her retirement from international athletics, Sally developed a new career as a television presenter and motivational speaker. She has written four books on fitness, health, self-fulfilment and well-being. She is married to fellow athlete Jonathan Bigg, and has three children; Finley, Luca, and Marley (all boys)

Sally’s athletics career highlights

Olympic Games

1988

400m Hurdles

5th in Final

1992

400m Hurdles

Gold Medal

4x400m Relay

Bronze Medal

World Championships

1990

400m Hurdles

Silver Medal

4x400m Relay

Bronze Medal

1993

400m Hurdles

Gold Medal and new World Record

4x400m Relay

Bronze Medal

European Championships

1989

400m Indoors

Gold Medal

1990

400m Hurdles

6th in Final

4x400m Relay

Bronze Medal

1994

400m Hurdles

Gold Medal

4x400m Relay

4th in Final

Commonwealth Games

1986

100m Hurdles

Gold Medal

1990

400m Hurdles

Gold Medal

4x400m Relay

Gold Medal

100m Hurdles

Silver Medal

1994

400m Hurdles

Gold Medal

Europa Cup

1989

400m Hurdles

2nd

1991

400m Hurdles

2nd

1993

400m Hurdles

1st

World Cup

1989

400m Hurdles

3rd

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