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Watch 'Sports Life Stories: Linford Christie' on ITV4

In the fifth episode of this new series, British sprinting legend Linford Christie talks to John Rawling about his journey from growing up in Jamaica to winning gold for Great Britain at the Olympic Games in 1992.

With contributions from fellow athletes Katharine Merry and Jonathan Edwards as well as journalists Jim Rosenthal and Neil Wilson and his coach Ron Roddan, Sports Life Stories tracks Linford’s career from the streets of West London to the Seoul Olympics and his reprieve for testing positive for a banned substance in 1988, to the high of winning gold in the 100 metres in Barcelona four years later.

I’m one of the few people who never talks about world records – never interested me at all. Records are made to be broken. Medals stay with you forever.

– Linford Christie
  • Watch Linford's story on ITV4 and ITV Player at 10pm tonight



Dick Pound to head up doping investigation

Dick Pound will head up the investigation. Credit: Reuters

Dick Pound, the hard-hitting former president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), is to head an independent commission investigating allegations of systematic doping and cover-ups in Russia.

Pound will chair the three-man commission and will be joined by fellow Canadian Professor Richard McLaren, a longstanding member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

It follows a programme broadcast by German TV station ARD on doping in Russia, which also alleged the IAAF world athletics body had failed to follow up on more than suspicious blood tests from more than 150 athletes including three from Britain.

A third member of the independent commission will be announced by WADA at a later stage.

Iraqi runner wins Games gold despite finishing fourth

Almntfage celebrates his 800m gold at the Asian Games. Credit: Reuters

Iraqi 800m runner Adnan Almntfage has won gold at the Asian Games in bizarre circumstances despite crossing the line in fourth place.

Saudi Arabian Mohammed Abdulaziz finished first, but was disqualified for obstruction.

Qatar's Abdulrahman Musaeb Balla and Abraham Kipchirchir Rotich of Bahrain, who finished second and third, were also disqualified for lane infractions.

China's Teng Haining won silver with Qatar's Jamal Hairane taking bronze. Credit: Reuters

The errors allowed Almntfage to claim Iraq's first gold medal of the games, after which he declared:

“I am truly thankful for the medal I won today.

“I would like to say that the Bahraini, Qatari and Saudi opponents were very worthy opponents, however they made mistakes at the 200m mark.

“And these mistakes were against the rule of the competition, I hope these mistakes won’t happen again in such a competition.”

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