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Victory for Linford Christie’s niece as she becomes first black Miss England

LINFORD Christie’s niece is on track for Olympic fame AND the Miss World crown. Gorgeous Rachel Christie, 20 who trains with gold medallist Linford, 49  is tipped to represent Britain in 2012 as a 400m sprinter and heptathlete.

Her ambition is to follow in her uncle’s speedy footsteps and win Olympic gold.
For Rachel Christie, that dream is still at least three years away. In the meantime, however, the 20 year old niece of Linford Christie has just won another title becoming the first ever black Miss England.

The professional track and field athlete swapped her running gear for high heels and a glamorous dress to win the contest on Monday night.

It means 5ft 10in Miss Christie will have to juggle her training schedule again as she prepares to face another hurdle a bid for the Miss World crown in South Africa later this year.
Part time model Miss Christie had been one of the favourites to win Miss England, after being crowned Miss London City in May.

But she nearly did not make the contest after a car crash on Friday left her with whiplash and bruised legs. More used to being put through her paces on the running track by her uncle or his former coach, Ron Roddan Miss Christie was yesterday getting used to a whirl of beauty pageant publicity.
Speaking of her win, which she greeted with tears, she said: ‘It means the world; it really does mean so much to me.

‘One of my reasons for doing Miss England in the first place was because I wanted to show people, the younger generation especially, that you can do something positive with your life.
Whoever you are, you can be who you want and whatever you want to be if you just put your mind to it and have ambition and determination.’

Miss Christie trains six days a week at the stadium named after her uncle in Shepherd’s Bush, West London, and is already highly ranked at the 400 metres and the heptathlon. Her brother James, 22, also trains at the stadium.


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