Ep 13 Kriss Akabusi

Well I think out guest today does not need an introduction he is SUCH a legend already BUT let me jus build that suspense for you guys a little bit!

We are joined today by THE ONE THE ONLY Kriss Akabusi MBE!

Why did we chase down Kriss and ask him to come and speak to you guys….because Barry and I were driving up to Slough on a Monday and we heard Kriss speaking on radio 2 about his story.

It was incredible and it was a story full of inspiration, motivation and just complete amazement.

I think i cried and laughed all in about 1/2 hr!

Kriss began his international athletics career in 1983, and since then has broken so many records and won a lot of medals…..just a few of his most memorable accolades are….

Gold Medal in 400m hurdles 1990 European Championships beating David Hemery’s 22 year old British record with a split time of 47.92 seconds when he fell to his knees in delight.

In 1991 in the world championships in Tokyo he broke his own record not only once but twice 47.91 in semi-final, 47.86 in the final (and won a bronze medal) on the flat 4 x 400m relay race. This was a huge iconic moment in British Athletics and its 25th anniversary was just celebrated with a star studded gala, attended even by Lord Sebastian Coe

Plus in 1991 he was awarded an MBE.

Then in 1992 he broke his own record again in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics with a time of 47.82 in the 400m hurdles and won a silver at these games. This record still stands today.

But life has not always been so successful for Kriss as he had a tough upbringing.

Our favourite quote of Kriss’s is

“the past is for reference and not residence”

Which is so beautiful and is going to make a lot of sense once you have heard his story.

Kriss it’s a huge honour thank you so much for joining us today!

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