Former Olympian Christian Malcolm appointed British Athletics head coach

Christian Malcolm led the British sprint relay team to double sprint relay medals at the 2017 World Championships in London. Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images

Former Olympic sprinter Christian Malcolm has been named the new head coach of British Athletics, the organisation announced on Thursday.

The 41-year-old is Australia Athletics' head of performance and will take up his new role with the British organisation later this year.

"Words can't describe how excited I am to have the opportunity to take this role on and be part of a new start for British Athletics. As an athlete I knew I wanted to give back to the sport when I finished competing," Malcolm said in a statement.

"In all my coaching and advisory roles so far, I have wanted to help athletes avoid the errors I made and support them and their coaches to get the best out of themselves.

"There is a new energy and drive and I'm looking forward to helping athletes and coaches towards success in Tokyo, Paris and beyond."

Malcolm competed in four Olympic Games before retiring and moving into coaching in 2014.

During his career he won European Indoor gold and silver, World Indoor and European Championship silver, Commonwealth silver and bronze, as well as two World bronze medals as part of the Great Britain and Northern Ireland 4x100 metre relay team.

Before joining Athletics Australia, he took up the position of British Athletics technical lead for sprint relays for four years. He led the team to double sprint relay medals at the 2017 World Championships in London.

"I am really pleased to appoint Christian to this role. His credentials are numerous but most impressive was the energy and vision he had for the head coach role during the recruitment process," British Athletics CEO Joanna Coates said.

"The panel were incredibly impressed by both his technical knowledge and approach to high performance -- putting the athlete first, championing welfare and also a change in culture that will really enhance the world class programme."