Chris “Fireman” Brown was born Christopher Brown on October 15, 1978 in Eleuthera, Bahamas. He began his running streak at the early age of 7, naturally following in the footsteps of his parents and his older siblings (two of whom were local track standouts). Although, running track in Eleuthera was quite typical of many kids at this age, Chris was far from typical. His talent was noticed and admired by many in the community as he advanced and began competing in national competitions at the high school level. These competitions afforded him the opportunities to perform in the nation’s capital of Nassau as well as in a variety of Pan American nations. Chris established and maintains the national record in the 800m, the event he initially focused on prior to his transition to the 400m. He also competes in the 200m and serves as the anchor leg for the men’s 4 x 400m relay team, demonstrating his sprinting ability and distance flexibility. … Upon graduating from Preston Aubrey High School in 1996 with an attractive profile, due to circumstances he missed out on what he thought would be his only opportunity to pursue his newly realized dream of running for a university (in the nearby U.S.). After coping with this disappointment and with the encouragement of a coach who believed in him, Chris moved to Nassau and voluntarily repeated his senior year in order to make himself available to college recruiters once again. As it was in Eleuthera, it was in Nassau; again, Chris Brown was a track standout, this time at R.M. Bailey High School. Through his perseverance and determination, the sacrifices and hard work paid off; U.S. colleges and universities began approaching him from all corners and angles with scholarship offers. Chris decided on Southern University at New Orleans-SUNO (New Orleans, LA.) where he competed in track for a year, after which he transferred to Norfolk State University (Norfolk, VA.) continuing to be a track standout. During his college track career, Chris established school records that still stand, made his first national team (Bahamas), participated in a host of international competitions representing his country and most notably, he became a first time Olympian, participating in the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. In 2003 Chris transitioned into track professionally. Within this time, he participated in his second Olympic games (Athens, Greece- 2004), World Outdoor & Indoor Championships (Silver/Bronze medallist), Pan American Games (Double Gold medallist), and a host of other meets. His most recent achievement is his breaking of the Bahamas’ National Record (400m), where he ran a superb time of 44.40 at the Golden League Meet in Oslo, Norway on June 6, 2008. Chris now holds the National Record for the nation’s outdoor men’s 400m along with being a member of the national record holding men’s 4 x 400m relay team, of which he anchors.
The “Fireman” placed fourth in the men’s 400m finals in Beijing with a time of 44.84 and anchored Team Bahamas’ men’s 4 x 400m relay to a Silver Medal – Summer Olympic Games, Beijing, China. Chris Brown continues to grace the track with his outstanding talent where he consistently works at his craft, making him one of the top ranked quarter-milers in the world. He is currently ranked #4 in the world by Track & Field News and is preparing for The London 2012 Olympics.