Linford Christie is a former British sprinter that specialised in the 100 metres. Linford Christie is still the only British man to win gold in all four of the major athletic competitions these being the Olympic Games, World, Commonwealth and European Championships. Linford Christie is still the current holder of the men 100m British record and was the former holder of the European 60m record. Which competing he was the holder of the men’s 60m, 100m and 4x100m replay records Christie is still the most decorated male athlete that Britain has to offer with 23 major championship medals with 10 of them being gold. Linford Christie was part of the successful London bid for the 2012 Olympic games, although Linford was absent from the team because of a ongoing feud between himself and a former athlete Sebastian Coe. In 2006 Linford Christie would be a senior mentor for many of the athletes on the national team this was with fellow athletes such as Daley Thompson Steve Backly and Katharine Merry, but this was controversial move many thought as it was after Linford Christie’s two year ban for taking drugs. As of 2009, Christie's British record of 9.87 seconds in the 100 metres makes him the second fastest European in the history of recorded athletics – second only to Francis Obikwelu's 9.86 s personal best which broke Christie's European record.