Former Olympic champion Darren Campbell joins UK Athletics as short sprint and relay manager

Two-time Olympic medalist Darren Campbell joins UK Athletics as head of short sprints and relays – and will work alongside former 400m runner Tim Benjamin, who will oversee long sprints and relays

  • Campbell, 47, will work alongside former 400m runner Benjamin
  • Both were targeted by head coach Christian Malcolm for his back room team
  • Eyebrows have been raised by several trainers around their specific credentials

UK Athletics has named former Olympic champion Darren Campbell to lead the short sprints and relays.

Sportsmail revealed in November that Campbell had been targeted by head coach Christian Malcolm for his back room team and that the 47-year-old will now hold the key position along with Malcolm’s former training partner Tim Benjamin, who will oversee the long sprints and relays. .

While both men are highly regarded in the athletic field and Campbell has the pedigree of multiple successes at the highest level, several top coaches raised eyebrows around their specific credentials.

Darren Campbell was one of the most successful British sprinters of decades

Darren Campbell was one of the most successful British sprinters of decades

Both men have coaching qualifications but their licenses have expired – an issue UKA dismissed, stressing that active licenses were not essential for the role.

The relief for Malcolm will be that the nominations have finally been made, albeit with only four months before the Tokyo Olympics. The UKA have confirmed that no replacement for Barry Fudge has been found for the endurance manager position. Rob Denmark is acting on an interim basis.

Campbell, a former Malcolm relay teammate and more recently a media expert, said: “I felt like it was a good time to get involved in the sport again. I’m excited about the new one. leadership and the new direction in which it is heading by prioritizing the athlete.

“When I was competing I didn’t think we always had what we needed and the support wasn’t being offered properly. I know I can bring this experience and help ensure that athletes have what they need to be successful.

Campbell (second from right) won Olympic gold in 2004 in the 4 × 100m relay team

Campbell (second from right) won Olympic gold in 2004 in the 4 × 100m relay team

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