Started to train with French coach, Jacques Dudal, former technical director of French national team, and won 1992 national U16 competition at 150m in national age-group record 17.99. Started sports with volleyball in 1989 and was captain of a prize-winning town team. Began running in 1992 after being selected to represent his college (Imperial College) for the Inter-college Championships, where he won medals at 80m and 150m in under-16 category.He even takes part in local “pétanque” tournaments with the team of his neighbourhood.
Born of a middle class family in the project of Mangalkhan, and having a really difficult life when he was young, At that time, he was doing some part time jobs everywhere he could just to help his mother and father.
Hard work and sacrifice has always been a leitmotiv for Buckland who did not have an easy life at all.
But things did not go as planned, and he finally finished fifth in the final behind the four sprinters from the United States.
He was a little bit disappointed, but he was nevertheless happy to be, apart for the quartet from the United States, the first among the remainder of the world’s half- lap specialist.
One week after the World Championships, Buckland won his first individual gold medals at the Indian Ocean Games in Mauritius, taking both the 100 and the 200, as well as the 4x100 relay.