Christine Arron

Born: 13/09/1973 (49 yo)
Birth place: Les Abymes, Guadeloupe

Citizenship : France

Occupation : Athletes (Track & field - 100, 200 & 4 x 100m)


Christine Arron is a track and field sprint athlete, competing internationally for France. She is the fifth fastest woman ever over 100 metres, and holds the European record of 10.73 seconds.


She arrived in Metropolitan France in 1990 and first trained with Fernand Urtebise, who also coached 1997 world 400 m hurdles champion Stephane Diagana. She had a hip injury which kept her out of the 2001 World Championships. She was named 1998 European Women's Athlete of the Year, after winning the 100m at the European Athletics Championships, breaking the European record in the process.

In 2001, after a heavy training period in the U.S. with John Smith and the HSI[disambiguation needed] group, she 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." In June 2002 she gave birth to her first child.

Arron was also the last runner of the French 4x100 relay team which upset the heavy favourites USA to win the gold medal in the 2003 World Championships in Athletics held in Paris. She recovered from 3 m behind the new 100 m World Champion, Torri Edwards, to give to the Stade de France crowd an unpredicted joy.

She won the bronze medal in the 4x100m relay at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

In August 2005 she won a bronze medal in the 100 meters and in the 200 meters at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics.

Arron is the holder of the fourth-fastest legal 100 m performance ever (10.73). Considering the controversy surrounding the performances of world record-holder, Florence Griffith-Joyner, many considered Arron's performance to be the 'true' world record. The next run considered a world record is Carmelita Jeter's 10.64 at Shanghai in 2009.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing she competed at the 100 metres sprint. In her first round heat she placed first in front of Lauryn Williams and Tahesia Harrigan in a time of 11.37 to advance to the second round. There she failed to qualify for the semi finals as her time of 11.36 was only the fourth time of her heat behind Debbie Ferguson, Oludamola Osayomi and Vida Anim, causing elimination.

Athletic career:

Olympic Games

  • 2004 Athens      4×100 m relay (Bronze)


World Championships

  • 2005 Helsinki     100 m (Bronze)
  • 2005 Helsinki     200 m (Bronze)
  • 2003 Paris           4×100 m relay (Gold)
  • 1999 Seville        4×100 m relay (Silver)
  • 1997 Athens      4×100 m relay (Bronze)


European Championships

  • 2010 Barcelona 4×100 m relay (Silver)
  • 1998 Budapest 100 m (Gold)
  • 1998 Budapest 4×100 m relay (Gold)

Mediterranean Games

  • 1997 Bari             200 m (Gold)
  • 1997 Bari             4×100 m relay (Gold)


Competitor for Guadeloupe

CARIFTA Games (Junior)

  • 1992 Nassau      100 m (Gold)    
  • 1992 Nassau      4×100 m relay (Bronze)               

CARIFTA Games (Youth)

  • 1988 Kingston   100 m (Bronze)