Christine Arron (born 13 September 1973) is a former track and field sprinter, who competed internationally for France in the 60 metres, 100 metres, 200 metres and the 4x100 metres relay. As of 2017, she is the world's sixth-fastest female 100 metres sprinter of all time with 10.73 secs, which is still the European record. She set the record when winning at the 1998 European Championships, where she also won a gold medal in the 4 × 100 m relay. Also in the relay, she is a 2003 World Championship gold medallist and a 2004 Olympic bronze medallist.
Christine Arron at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics
|Born||13 September 1973|
Les Abymes, Guadeloupe, France
|Height||177 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||64 kg (141 lb)|
|Event(s)||60 metres, 100 metres, 200 metres and the 4x100 metres relay|
Born in Les Abymes, Guadeloupe, Arron arrived in Metropolitan France in 1990 and first trained with Fernand Urtebise, who also coached the former 400 metres hurdles and 4 x 400 metres relay world champion Stephane Diagana.
On 19 Aug 1998, Arron won the 100 metres gold medal at the 1998 European Championships in Budapest by finishing the final in a new European record time of 10.73 seconds. Her time of 10.73 seconds made her then the world's second-fastest ever, female 100 metres sprinter, behind Florence Griffith-Joyner (10.49 seconds, set in 1988). She also won the 4×100 metres relay gold medal at the same championships. She was named the 1998 European Women's Athlete of the Year.
In 2001, after a heavy training period in the US with John Smith and the HSI group, Arron quit training for a year, saying she was physically exhausted from the experience. "It was hell. Every morning I wondered how I was going to put up with the burden of training." She had a hip injury which kept her out of the 2001 World Championships.
Arron was also the anchor runner of the French 4x100 relay team which upset the heavy favourites the US to win the gold medal at the 2003 World Championships in Paris. She recovered from 3 m behind the newly crowned, 100 m 2003 World Champion, Torri Edwards, to give the home crowd at the Stade de France an unexpected joy.
At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Arron competed in the 100 metres event. In her first round heat, she placed first in front of Lauryn Williams and Tahesia Harrigan in a time of 11.37 sec to advance to the second round. But in the second round, she failed to advance to the semi-finals as her time of 11.36 sec was only the fourth fastest time of her heat, behind Debbie Ferguson, Oludamola Osayomi and Vida Anim, causing her elimination from the event.
As of April 2017, Arron is the world's fifth-fastest, female 100 metres sprinter (10.73 sec) of all time. Considering the controversy surrounding the performances of the world record-holder (10.49 sec, set in 1988), Florence Griffith-Joyner, many considered Arron's time of 10.73 sec. set during the 1998 European Championships to be the 'true' world record. Besides Griffith-Joyner, only Carmelita Jeter, Marion Jones and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce have run faster than Arron in the 100 metres. Jeter's time of 10.64 sec. set in Shanghai in 2009 made her the world's second fastest, female 100 meters sprinter of all time, behind Griffith-Joyner.
In December 2012, Arron announced her retirement from athletics. She was expecting her second child then. She did not rule out the possibility of returning to athletics competition after the birth of her second child. 
Views on dopingEdit
Arron has voiced her annoyance with Marion Jones, her fiercest rival during her career: "She has lied for years [...] She treated everyone as idiots. I'm not shocked she is going to jail. Many people criticised me because I was always the one who lost in the Jones-Arron battle, even if I had very good results. We started running together in 1997. She has stolen my best years. Everything could have been different for me."
In 2002, Arron gave birth to her first child, a son by the name of Ethan. On 16 May 2013, Arron gave birth to her second child, a daughter by the name of Cassandre. Cassandre's father Benjamin Compaoré, a French triple jumper, became Arron's companion in 2009. She lives in Guadeloupe currently with her family
|1988||1988 CARIFTA Games (youth)||Kingston, Jamaica||3rd||100 m||12.04|
|1992||1992 CARIFTA Games (junior)||Nassau, Bahamas||1st||100m||11.31 w|
|3rd||4 × 100 m||45.79|
|1992||World Junior Championships||Seoul, South Korea||12th (sf)||100m||11.85 (wind: +1.2 m/s)|
|5th||4 × 100 m relay||44.70|
|1997||Mediterranean Games||Bari, Italy||1st||200 m||22.62|
|1st||4 × 100 m||42.63|
|World Championships||Athens, Greece||4th||100 m||11.05|
|3rd||4 × 100 m||42.21|
|1998||European Championships||Budapest, Hungary||1st||100 m||10.73|
|1st||4 × 100 m||42.59|
|1999||World Championships||Seville, Spain||6th||100 m||10.97|
|2nd||4 × 100 m||42.06|
|2000||Olympic Games||Sydney, Australia||semi-final||100 m||11.42 (11.26)|
|4th||4 × 100 m||42.42|
|2003||World Championships||Paris, France||4th||100 m||11.06|
|1st||4 × 100 m||41.78|
|2004||Olympic Games||Athens, Greece||semi-final||100 m||11.21 (11.10)|
|3rd||4 × 100 m||42.54|
|2005||World Championships||Helsinki, Finland||3rd||100 m||10.98|
|4th||4 × 100 m||42.85|
|2006||World Indoor Championships||Moscow, Russia||4th||60 m||7.13 (7.11)|
|2008||Olympic Games||Beijing, China||quarter-final||100 m||11.36|
|2010||European Championships||Barcelona, Spain||8th||100 m||11.37 (11.24)|
|2nd||4 × 100 m||42.45|
|2012||European Championships||Helsinki, Finland||heats||100 m||11.55|
|5th||4 × 100 m||43.44|
Note: Results in brackets indicate a superior time achieved in an earlier round.
- "Christine ARRON". european-athletics.org. European Athletics. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
- Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Christine Arron". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2 December 2016.
- Do cheats prosper? Just look at the record books – Times Online
- "Christine Arron, enceinte : La belle sprinteuse arrête sa carrière..." www.purepeople.com. 16 December 2012.
- "Pérec et Arron décorées de la Légion d'honneur". L'Équipe. 9 October 2013.
- http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/more_sport/athletics/article4312239.ece Quote from an interview with L'Equipe
- "Christine Arron : La sprinteuse heureuse maman d'une petite fille". www.purepeople.com. 12 July 2013.
- Christine Arron at World Athletics
- Christine Arron at European Athletics
- Christine Arron at the Fédération Française d'Athlétisme (in French)
- Christine Arron at the International Olympic Committee
- Christine Arron at the Comité National Olympique et Sportif Français (in French)
- Christine Arron at Olympedia
| Women's 100m European Record Holder
19 August 1998 –
| Women's European Athlete of the Year