Wednesday, 4 March 2009
Kriss Kezie Uche Chukwu Duru Akabusi MBE is a former athlete who went on to become a television presenter and motivational speaker.
Before his career as an athlete Akabusi joined the British Army in 1975 and had a successful career in the Royal Corps of Signals before switching to the Army Physical Training Corps in 1981.
In 1983 Akabusi embarked upon his athletics career as 400M hurdler and member of the 4x400M relay team, enjoying a successful time and winning three medals at the Summer Olympics and three World Championship medals, amongst others.
Akabusi has presented the television shows Record Breakers and The Big Breakfast, and has regularly appeared as a panellist on many quiz shows such as A Question of Sport, They Think It's All Over and Through the Keyhole. Through these appearances he became well known for having an over-the-top laugh. He appeared as a milkman in the 1997 Last of the Summer Wine episode "There Goes The Groom".
In 1992, along with fellow relay team member Roger Black, Akabusi was awarded an Honorary degree from the University of Southampton. Also that year he was awarded the MBE by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his services to the country through athletics.