Athletics: Christie plans sprint double

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The Independent Online

Linford Christie, the Olympic 100 metres champion, has renewed speculation that he may run after all in this summer's Games in Atlanta.

The 36-year-old has decided to run in two indoor meetings in Great Britain next month; however his agent, Sue Barrett, insisted the announcement carried "no special significance".

Christie, in the middle of his annual winter training session in Australia, has already indicated he will compete in this summer's AAA Championships, which incorporate the British Olympic trials. In addition he will run in the Ricoh Tour international in Birmingham on 10 February and the Great Britain-France match in Glasgow a fortnight later.

It means he has patched up some of the differences with the British Athletic Federation after last year's acrimonious pay dispute. But Barrett said there were no plans to compete at the European Indoor Championships in Stockholm in March.

"It's very straightforward," she said. "He will be doing the two indoor meetings in Britain. There are no plans [for the Olympics]. It hasn't been talked about during the winter."