One of the highlights of Roger’s sporting career culminated at the legendary 1991 World Championships’ 4 x 400m relay in Tokyo with fellow team-mates Kriss Akabusi, John Regis and Derek Redmond. These spirited GB runners took a gamble by sending Roger out first. They were up against the dominant US and knew they had to pull out all the stops to win. And win they did, with the best of British teamwork.
Roger Black – How the outstanding athlete from Portsmouth overcame health setbacks and went for Gold
One could say that Roger Black MBE, who was born in Portsmouth in 1966, started running before he even came into this world. Born 32 minutes before his twin sister, Roger was often one pace ahead of the rest. Growing up in a traditional household, Roger attended grammar school, was a good student and aspired to be a doctor, like his dad.
According to multiple media sources this week, Roger Black MBE believes that Rio 2016 Gold Medal Winner, Mo Farah, is Great Britain’s greatest track athlete. Whilst this may well be true, and of particular note to have been lauded by a fellow Olympian, the most humane aspect of Mo’s win last weekend in Rio can be seen in how he fell down and then picked himself up and went on to win the 10,000m race. This showed true ‘MoJo’ and we can all learn from it.