LETTERS: Off track

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The Independent Online
From Mr Tim Mickleburgh

Sir: So, "Linford Christie is the greatest athlete this country has ever produced" (Magazine, 21 October)? Well, it was a tremendous achievement for him to win the 100m gold in Barcelona, but let's not forget that Sebastian Coe (1,500m, 1980 and 1984) and Daley Thompson (decathlon, 1980 and 1984) both gained two Olympic titles, as well as setting world records, something Christie has never done. Indeed, Coe's time of 1.41.73 for the 800m, set at Florence in June 1981, remains on the listings today.

Yours faithfully,

Tim Mickleburgh

Grimsby, Lincolnshire

21 October