The moment I became champion of the world #3 – Sally Gunnell

In preparation for Moscow, SPIKES has tracked down 10 great world champions to ask them about their first golden moment. At the 1993 World Championships in Stuttgart, Great Britain’s Sally Gunnell won 400m hurdles gold in world record time. Take it away, Sally…

“It was almost a relief to win the world title as I had won the Olympic title [in Barcelona] the year before, and I hadn’t felt that well in the ten days leading up to the race.

"I was doubting I would even run at all. It was a relief to feel I was the same athlete I was from the year before but it was still a very different feeling to the Olympics.

"We received a Mercedes Benz car for winning and I also bought myself the biggest bar of Swiss chocolate I could find that night – and I ate it all!”

Watch Gunnell’s thrilling world record below: