Kriss Akabusi: from foster care to world champion
Kriss Akabusi. What a life. And what an episode it makes of the BALANCE podcast.
Effectively left to fend for himself and his younger brother from a young age, the beloved former British athlete ended up in care homes, before joining the army aged 16.
There, Kriss, now 60, was spotted as a runner of considerable talent and ended up representing the Armed Forces before stepping up to run for Great Britain.
Across a glittering career, Akabusi always shone at the major events, where he won an incredible 10 medals, including a famous gold at the 4x400m men’s final at the 1991 world championships in Tokyo.
Since hanging up his spikes, Kriss has become a hugely successful motivational speaker and is currently studying existentialism and psychotherapy. Kriss talked all of this and much more as we sat down at his beautiful home for a candid chat for the latest episode of the BALANCE podcast.
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