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64,222.  For twenty years Heike Drechsler was at the very top.  She exploded on to the scene at just eighteen years old and beat the best in the world.  Her successes came in multiple events defeating generations of rivals and challengers.  Sporting Greats – Heike Drechsler

 

64,223.  Heike Drechsler battled prejudice and suspicion to emerge as a shining symbol of German unity.  ibid.

 

64,224.  Long Jump: 7.27m.  ibid.

 

64,225.  1986 European Championships in Stuttgart: 21.71.  ibid.

 

64,226.  v Jackie Joyner-Kersee: one of Athletics’ most enduring rivalries.  ibid.

 

64,227.  v Flo Jo:  21.33.  ibid.

 

64,228.  World Championships long jump and heptathlon.  ibid.

 

64,229.  At 39 Heike Drechsler retired from athletics.  ibid.

 

64,230.  Multiple long jump and sprint world records.  ibid.

 

 

64,241.  In Track & Field the gap between good and great can come down to a few hundredths of a second ... Few athletes have possessed these qualities more than Carl Lewis.  With his unique combination of talent and personality he redefined his sport.  Sporting Greats – Carl Lewis

 

64,242.  In 1982 he broke through becoming the world’s best long jumper and a real force in the 100m.  ibid.

 

64,243.  1983 World Championships ... Gold in three events ... Carl Lewis was now the biggest star in the sport of Track & Field.  ibid.

 

64,244.  Los Angeles 1984: 4 Olympic gold medals.  (Athletics & Olympics)  ibid. 

 

64,245.  1987 World Championships ... Ben Johnson ... The first major sprint title Lewis had lost.  ibid.

 

64,246.  1988 Johnson v Lewis.  (Athletics & Olympics)  ibid.

 

64,247.  200m v [Joe] DeLoach ... The only Olympic sprint title Carl Lewis would lose.  (Athletics & Olympics)  ibid.

 

64,248.  1991 World Championships in Tokyo: Lewis v [Leroy] Burrell: 9.86 world record.  ibid.

 

64,249.  Long Jump: Mike Powell produced something special – a world record of 8.95 metres.  ibid.

 

64,250.  In Barcelona in 1992 he won gold in the long jump for a third successive time.  (Athletics & Olympics)  ibid.

 

64,251.  1996 Olympics in Atlanta ... Carl Lewis won the long jump for an incredible fourth time.  (Athletics & Olympics)  ibid.  

 

 

64,252.  One man combined these attributes better than any other athlete in the history of the intermediate hurdles.  For almost a decade Edwin Moses reigned supreme; for almost a decade he never lost a race.  (Athletics & Olympics)  Sporting Greats – Ed Moses

 

64,252.  Tall, languid, elegant – Moses’ style was unmistakeable.  ibid.

 

64,253.  He became one of the stars of Montreal.  That potential was realised in the Olympic final: 47.65 world record.  (Athletics & Olympics)  ibid.

 

64,254.  The vigorous training regime worked; Moses smashed the world record in the 1976 Olympics and twice more in 77 and 80.  He broke it again for a final time in 83: 47.01.  (Athletics & Olympics)  ibid.

 

 

64,255.  An athlete whose influence transcends his chosen sport.  (Athletics & Olympics)  Sporting Greats - Michael Johnson

 

64,256.  In 1995 Johnson proved his superiority at the World Championships in Gothenburg.  400m: 43.39; 200m 19.79; 4x400 relay.  ibid.

 

64,257.  1996 Atlanta: 200m 19.32 & 400m & 4x400 relay.  (Athletics & Olympics)  ibid.

 

64,258.  2000 Sydney: 400m 43.85; 4x400m - but when his team-mates failed drugs tests he chose to return what he saw was a tainted gold.  (Athletics & Olympics)  ibid.

 

 

64,260.  The greatest of them all.  Sporting Greats - Haile Gebrselassie

 

64,261.  On the track and in the marathon his successes have included more than twenty world records and brought him untold fame and fortune.  ibid.

 

 

113,321.  ‘All I wanted to do was just be the best athlete in the world.’  Sporting Greats: Daley Thompson, Sky Sports 2017

 

113,322.  ‘I wasn’t interested in being famous.’  ibid.

 

113,323.  ‘To be the first athletics world champion – it’s wicked.’  ibid.  

 

113,324.  ‘He can do anything.’  ibid.  Jurgen Hingsen

 

 

113,347.  ‘Just invincible on that day.’  (Athletics & Olympics)  Sporting Greats: Jesse Owens, sports writer

 

113,348.  ‘Ultimately, the anti-boycott forces prevailed.’  (Athletics & Olympics)  ibid.  

 

113,349.  ‘The AAU decided Jesse Owens was finished as an athlete.’  (Athletics & Olympics)  ibid.

 

 

113,591.  Paula Radcliffe’s first attempt at the marathon came at London in 2002.  Sporting Greats: Paula Radcliffe  

 

113,592.  Radcliffe went on to break the marathon world record in Chicago at the end of 2002.  ibid.

 

 

64,262.  The urine sample of Ben Johnson, Canada, Athletics 100 metre, collected on Saturday 24th September 1988, was found to contain the metabolic of a banned substance namely Stanozalol.  (Athletics & Olympics & Steroids & Cheat)  Olympic doping committee televised announcement

 

 

64,263.  Cathy Freeman was Australia’s most famous Aboriginal athlete ... Australia was willing her to win ... A symbolic gold for the host nation.  Hall of Fame: The Deciders

 

 

64,264.  Kelly Holmes had emerged in the mid-80s as a promising athlete.  Leading up to the 1996 games she was a genuine contender for a gold medal ... For Kelly this [2004] was her last chance at Olympic glory ... Halfway through the race [800m] Kelly was second last ... Just as in the 800m Kelly took up a position at the back of the field [1500m].  The timing of her sprint was crucial.  After so many problems Kelly Holmes was a double Olympic champion.  (Athletics & Olympics)  Hall of Fame: Kelly Holmes

 

 

64,265.  Once in a while two sportsmen have a rivalry that’s so intense it comes to define them.  Seb Coe and Steve Ovett were two such people.  And their names will ever be associated with their clash over two races at the 1980 Olympic Games.  (Athletics & Olympics)  Hall of Fame: Coe v Ovett; Hall of Fame: Clash of the Titans

   

64,266.  All eyes were on Coe and Ovett as the 800m started ... Coe had left it too late, and Ovett had won the 800m Olympic gold.  (Athletics & Olympics)  ibid.

 

 

64,267.  So when Los Angeles picked up the Olympic baton the Hollywood script-writers went into overdrive.  And the undisputed star of the show was Carl Lewis.  (Athletics & Olympics)  Hall of Fame: In a League of Their Own

 

64,268.  Lewis’s first jump was over twenty-eight feet – a lead of almost a foot and a half over his nearest competitor.  (Athletics & Olympics)  ibid.

 

64,269.  Lewis won his fourth gold medal beating the world record [relay] by three-hundredths of a second.  (Athletics & Olympics)  ibid.

 

 

64,270.  Run in God’s name, and let the world stand back and wonder.  (Athletics & Run)  Chariots of Fire 1981 starring Ben Cross & Ian Charleson & Nicholas Farrell & Nigel Havers & Ian Holm & John Gielgud & Lindsay Anderson & Cheryl Campbell & Alice Krige & Nigel Davenport & Patrick Magee & David Yelland & Brad Davis et al, director Hugh Hudson, advice to Eric 

 

64,271.  I want to compare faith to running in a race.  (Athletics & Faith & Run)  ibid.  Eric preaching to crowd in rain

 

64,272.  Games?  I’ve seen better organised riots.  (Athletics & Run)  ibid.  Sam at Scottish games with Eric

 

64,273.  I don’t run to take beatings.  I run to win.  (Athletics & Run)  ibid.  Eric to lady friend

 

64,274.  Sprinters run on nerves.  (Athletics & Run)  ibid.  Sam to Eric

 

64,275.  You are the favoured few.  (Athletics & Run)  ibid.  advice to assembled athletes on boat

 

64,276.  Bullied day in day out ... chucked over ... and for what? ... Ten lonely seconds to justify my whole existence.  But will I?  (Athletics & Run)  ibid.  Harold

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