Sally Jane Janet Gunnell is a retired British track and field athlete who excelled most in hurdles. She is known for accumulating gold medals in multiple major sporting events including the Olympics and the World Championships. She also served as a television presenter for BBC until 2006. She was made an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 1998.
Gunnell attended high school at the Bishop Bell High School in Chigwell. She started her athletic career by joining the Essex Ladies club where she honed her skills as a long jumper and as a penthathlete. She later turned her attention to sprints and hurdles. She is currently the only woman to have held the record for the World, Olympic, European and Commonwealth 400 meter hurdles title at the same instance.
She won an Olympic Gold medal for 400m hurdles at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. She also has a gold medal for the same event at the World Championships in 1993 held at Stuttgart. She also competed and won the 400m hurdles event at the Goodwill Games (1998) in New York. For the same event, she won the IAAF World Cup in 1994.
She worked as a Red Cross ambassador in Angola a year before she decided to retire from track and field due to recurrent injuries. She announced her official retirement in 1997.
Her television career was a short one. In 1996, she appeared as a show jumper in BBC’s sport relief events. Gunnell is currently married to fellow athlete Jonathan Bigg. The two of them have three children. They are currently living in a village outside Brighton, West Sussex.