John Regis
John Regis (cropped).jpg
Regis in 2012
Personal information
Full nameJohn Paul Lyndon Regis
Born (1966-10-13) 13 October 1966 (age 55)
Lewisham, London
Event(s)100 metres, 4 × 100 metres relay, 200 metres, 400 metres, 4 × 400 metres relay

John Paul Lyndon Regis, MBE (born 13 October 1966) is an English former sprinter. During his career, he won gold medals in the 200 metres at the 1989 World Indoor Championships and the 1990 European Championships, and a silver medal in the distance at the 1993 World Championships.

He was a member of the British teams which won the gold medal in the 4 × 400 metres relay at the 1991 World Championships, and the silver medal in the 4 × 100 metres relay at the 1988 Olympic Games. Regis is still the British 200 metres record-holder, which he set in 1994.


Regis's most significant successes in individual events came when competing in the 200 metres. He was the first British athlete to run under 20 seconds for the distance, and still holds the UK record for the event. He was an indoor world champion and an outdoor World Championship runner-up at the distance, and also finished sixth in the event at the 1992 Olympic Games.[citation needed]

Regis also achieved considerable success running in relay races, winning major international medals in both the 4 x 100 metres relay and the 4 x 400 metres relay. Most notably, he ran the third leg for the British 4 × 400 m relay team at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo, helping them defeat the heavily favoured team from the United States and claim the gold medal. He was also a part of the British 4 × 400 m team in 1990 which set a European Championship record for the event. On 3 March 1991, Regis was a member of the British team which set the world indoor record for the rarely contested 4 x 200 metres with a time of 1:22.11, which has not yet been bettered.[citation needed]

In 2000 Regis and fellow sprinter Marcus Adam were recruited for bobsleigh training with the British team. Adam went on to compete in the 2002 Winter Olympics.[1]

Personal life

Growing up, Regis competed for Lewisham at the London Youth Games.[2] He was awarded an MBE for his services to athletics. In 1989, he opened an all-weather running track at Wellesley Recreation Ground (known as "the Well") in Great Yarmouth.

He was a cousin of former England international footballer Cyrille Regis.[3]

Regis's 15-year-old nephew, Adam Regis, was stabbed to death on Saturday 17 March 2007 in Plaistow, Newham, east London. The killers were described in media reports as five black youths, who fled in a car.[citation needed]

Personal bests

International competition record

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Great Britain and  England
1987 World Championships Rome, Italy 3rd 200 m 20.18
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 2nd 4 × 100 m relay 38.28
1989 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 1st 200 metres 20.54
IAAF World Cup Barcelona, Spain 2nd 4 × 100 m relay 38.34
1990 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 3rd 100 m 10.07 w (wind: +2.2 m/s)
1st 200 m 20.11 (wind: 0.0 m/s)
2nd 4 × 100 m relay 37.98
1st 4 × 400 m relay 2:58.22 CR
Commonwealth Games Auckland, New Zealand 2nd 200 metres 20.16 w
1st 4 × 100 m relay 38.67
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 1st 4 × 400 m relay 2:57.53
3rd 4 × 100 m relay 38.09
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 3rd 4 × 400 m relay 2:59.73
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 2nd 200 m 19.94
2nd 4 × 100 m relay 37.77
1994 Commonwealth Games Victoria, Canada 2nd 200 m 20.25
IAAF World Cup London, England 1st 200 m 20.45 (wind: -1.4 m/s)
1st 4 × 100 m relay 38.46
1998 Commonwealth Games Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 3rd 200 m 20.40


  1. ^ "Celebrity slide show". 31 May 2018 – via
  2. ^ Archived 7 March 2013 at the Wayback Machine Hall of Fame 19 February 2013
  3. ^ Mullen, Enda; Eccleston, Ben (30 January 2018). "Recap: Football world in shock as Sky Blues legend Cyrille Regis dies at 59". Retrieved 3 February 2018.
Sporting positions Preceded byFrankie Fredericks Men's 200 m Best Year Performance 1994 Succeeded byMichael Johnson