The new Miss England is not only a Miss World 2009 hopeful but also a 2012 Olympics hopeful for heptathlon and the 400 metres dash. At the 2009 Miss World, twenty-year-old Rachel Christie is no doubt will be the winner of the Miss Sports, one of the fast-track events of the pageant.
If we are right with this, then, Rachel will be one of the semi-finalists since winner of a fast-track event automatically advances to the Top 10 or 15.
Rachel, competing as Miss London, won the pageant at London's Metropole Hilton Hotel last Tuesday, July 21st. She also became the first black winner in the history of the pageant by beating 14 other finalists.
The beauty queen is the niece of British Olympic 100 metres gold medallist Linford Christie.
Linford Christie, who still holds the British 100 metres record at 9.87 seconds, won the gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. He also won gold at the 1993 world championships and three European championships.
First Runner-up was Kat Hodge, a 21-year-old soldier decorated for bravery in Iraq. Viki Bailey was Second Runner-up.
Miss England Grand Final was decided after a public vote.
Rachel with runner-up Kat Hodge (right) and third placed Viki Bailey (left)
SCANDAL IN MISS ENGLAND 2009
Shortly after the announcement of Rachel Christie as Miss England 2009, it has been revealed that she only got 9 votes from the public. The pageant organizer had to come out to defend her.
According to the organizer, Christie was placed first by four of the six judges in the final and won the competition.
But in a public vote before the final, the winner of which won a place in the last 15, Miss Christie - who is also a part-time model - came 49th out of the 54 candidates.
People had been invited to take part in the survey conducted on the Miss England website, with calls costing £1 each on a premium rate phone line.
Fellow finalist Zoiey Smale got 2,013 votes compared to Miss Christie's nine but failed to finish in the top three.
She said: 'I felt quite let down as did all the girls that I spoke to because the ranking three didn't win any of the wards that were available for our hard work in the run-up to the finals.
'There were so many things we had to do. Yet none of it matter at the end of the day. The public vote was supposed to be acting as one of the judges' decisions. It was a big deal to me, but on the night it felt like it meant nothing.'
Organiser Angie Beasley said all the girls knew success in the public vote would only secure a place in the last 15 and counted as one-seventh of the final judging decision.
'When it gets to the top 15, they are judged on their confidence and their posture on stage and they are judged on their beauty and their personality,' she said.
'When it gets to the top 15 you cannot have the public vote judging that, it has to be a professional panel.'
Miss Christie also had a fast-track place because she had won the Helen E Cosmetic Award which guaranteed a spot in the final.
Half the finalists were fast-track contestants.
Current Miss World winner, Ksenia Sukhinova attended the pageant as a VIP guest.
Miss England 2009 Rachel Christie in her long gown with her trophy
Miss England 2009 Rachel Christie in her swimsuit