Athletics:, Christie still undecided after double act

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Linford Christie, who completed a sprint double here yesterday by dint of a dead-heat with John Regis in the 200 metres, explained the reason for his delay in deciding whether to defend his Olympic 100m title this summer. That, he said, was something he would not make up his mind about until the deadline of 1 July, writes Mike Rowbottom.

"I've just got to feel happy with myself, and at this moment I am not happy with myself," Christie said. "There is improvement to be made. If I do go to Atlanta I want to do myself justice, and do justice to my fans and the people who support me. I'm not the sort of person that would go to the Olympics just to be part of the team and take up someone else's space.

"Doing six races here has shown me that I am a tough son of a gun, but nothing has chang- ed. There is a lot more that I have to do. This doesn't tell me anything about Atlanta." What he did say, however, was that he would not consider doubling up at 200 metres in Atlanta if he did decide to go.

After a tremendous start and a powerful piece of bend running, Christie was slowly caught in the home straight by Regis, whose dip gave him a share of the title in 20.54sec.

Christie's weekend contained its predictable measure of controversy. On Saturday he and three other runners failed to complete their 100m semi- final even though the recall gun was not fired. The head starter, David Aizlewood, did not see fit to recall a race which was won by Christie's training partner, Darren Campbell, but agreed after viewing video evidence that there had been a "faulty" start. Christie won the re-run, and went on to equal his fastest 100m time of the year, of 10.04sec, in the final.