|Born||17 February 1975|
Harlesden, North West London
Golding was born in Harlesden, North West London. Attending St Augustine's Church of England High School in Kilburn, he enjoyed playing all sports before taking up athletics seriously in 1991. He was discovered by former Olympic sprinter Mike McFarlane, after finishing second at the Westminster Schools Athletics Competition.
At the 1998 European Athletics Championships, Golding was favourite to win the gold medal in the 200 metres. After running a series of fast times and winning both heats and semi-finals convincingly, he was beaten by teammate Dougie Walker in the final, winning a bronze medal.
In the same year, he represented England and won two gold medals in the 200 metres and 4 x 100 metres relay, at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In the 200 metres he set a personal best time of 20.34 seconds in the semi-finals. In the 4 x 100 metres sprint relay, the team ran a new Commonwealth Games record of 38.20 seconds. He also helped the Great British 4 x 100-metre relay team to victory in the 1998 IAAF World Cup and European Cup, as well as running the last leg at the 1997 World Championships in Athens, in which Britain won bronze.
During the 1999 athletic season, Golding won the national title in 20.20 seconds (wind assisted) and continued that form, winning some high profile international Grand Prix events. The Crystal Grand Prix is considered to be one of Golding's best performances; he won the 200 metres from a world class field in the time of 20.23 seconds, running into a strong headwind of −1.1 metres per second. Golding went on to finish 7th in the final of the 1999 World Championships in Seville, and finished the year ranked number nine in the world.
He was part of Team GB's 4 x 100-metre relay team at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, but the team were disqualified in the first round. He failed to qualify for his preferred event, due to illness at the Olympic Trials.
Golding's last major competition was in 2003, where he represented Great Britain at the Paris World Championships. Three years later, he was forced to retire prematurely due to persistent injuries.
On 18 July 2012, Golding graduated from Middlesex University with First Class Honours for Sports and Exercise Science with Teaching & Coaching. Julian is now a qualified P.E teacher working at St Mary Magdalene's Secondary Phase.
|Representing the United Kingdom and England|
|1994||World Junior Championships||Lisbon, Portugal||8th||100m||10.46 (wind: +1.2 m/s)|
|9th (sf)||200m||21.21 (wind: +1.9 m/s)|
|1st||4 × 100 m relay||39.60|
|1997||European U23 Championships||Turku, Finland||1st||200m||20.46 (wind: +0.3 m/s)|
|1st||4 × 100 m relay||38.99|
|World Championships||Athens, Greece||3rd||4 × 100 m relay||38.14|
|1998||European Championships||Budapest, Hungary||3rd||200 metres||20.72|
|1st||4 × 100 m relay||38.52|
|Commonwealth Games||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||1st||200 metres||20.18|
|1st||4 × 100 m relay||38.20|
|2000||European Indoor Championships||Ghent, Belgium||3rd||200 metres||21.05|
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