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Scratchcard snub to Linford Christie

Scratchcard snub to Linford Christie
Updated: Friday 25th April 2014

What do these people have in common; Sebastian Coe, Steve Redgrave, Kelly Holmes, Jonathan Edwards, Duncan Goodhew, Sally Gunnell? Apart from being Olympic Gold medal winners, they are now gracing the fronts of six new National Lottery Olympic Champions Scratchcards as Britain’s top Olympians.

2,000 members of the general public were asked to choose their favourite Olympian but their prompt list of memorable moments was supplied by the British Olympic Association. Top of the most memorable moments was Kelly Holmes winning Gold in the 800m and 1500m in Athens in 2004, second was Linford Christie’s 100m Gold in 1992 in Barcelona, and third was Steve Redgrave’s fifth consecutive Gold in the rowing at the 2000 Sydney games. However Linford Christie’s name did not make it onto the BOA prompt list and he did not make selection in the vote as one of the top six British Olympians to be featured on the new scratchcards. Sebastian Coe won Gold in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and is now chairman of the London Olympics organising committee, Jonathan Edwards won Gold in 2000 in the triple jump, Duncan Goodhew swam breaststroke to Gold in 1980 and Sally Gunnell was the 400m hurdles Gold medallist in Barcelona in 1992. So, you won’t be able to ask Linford to bring you lottery luck when you buy your next scratchcard. Each scratchcard costs £2 and the prizes range in value from £2 to £60,000.

Published: Wednesday 25th June 2008

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