Jackson was conquering the world of athletics but felt unable to share who he really was. Colin Jackson has opened up about keeping his homosexuality secret from the outside world during his glittering athletics career and how he wasn't prepared for the global impact two years ago when announcing he was gay. The year-old became one of Britain's best known sportsmen, winning every major title in the high hurdles except Olympic gold. He won an extraordinary 44 consecutive victories between August and February , and held the world record time of He hung up the spikes in after finishing fifth at the World Indoor Championships, in Birmingham, and has carved out a career in the media as an athletics pundit for the BBC. It's been some life for the boy who grew up on the Llanedeyrn estate in Cardiff in the s as the son of Jamaican-born parents.
Olympic medallist Colin Jackson announces he is gay
Colin Jackson comes out as gay - LadyFirst
During a career in which he represented Great Britain and Wales , he won an Olympic silver medal, became world champion twice, World indoor champion once, went undefeated at the European Championships for 12 years and was a two-time Commonwealth champion. His world record of He soon established himself on the global scene, taking bronze at the World Championships in Athletics and a silver medal at the Summer Olympics. The season saw him reach the pinnacle of his sport: after a silver at the Indoor Worlds , he went on to set a world record of This mark was unbeaten for almost thirteen years and remains the world championship record. This period was perhaps Jackson's most successful — he had a streak of 44 races undefeated between and
BBC pundit and former Olympic hurdler Colin Jackson comes out as gay during Swedish TV interview
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