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  • News | Moscow 1980

    Daley Thompson becomes the undisputed king of the decathlon at Moscow 1980

    The favourite going into the Moscow Games, the British decathlete delivered a series of top-level performances 39 years ago, on 26 and 27 July 1980, to win his first Olympic title. In the years that followed, he took gold at the European and World Championships and the Commonwealth Games, before retaining his Olympic title at Los Angeles 1984, setting a world record that would last for eight years. He is one of the greatest champions in the combined event’s history, which stretches back over a century.
    27 Jul 2019 | Olympic News, Moscow 1980
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Jim Thorpe – a name etched in the annals of the Olympic Games

    A winner of both the pentathlon and decathlon with outstanding performances at the 1912 Games, a high-level baseballer, American footballer and basketballer, not to mention actor – Jim Thorpe is recognised as one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century. One hundred and seven years ago, he amazed the public and his rivals with his feats in the pentathlon and decathlon.
    13 Jul 2019 | Olympic News, Stockholm 1912, Athletics, United States of America
  • News | LA 2028

    Los Angeles 1984: An indelible legacy

    Like London and Paris before it, Los Angeles will host the Olympic Summer Games for a third time in 2028. To mark that milestone we look back at the two previous editions the Californian metropolis has staged. Lit up by the performances of Carl Lewis, Los Angeles 1984 remains fresh in the memory, thanks to some unforgettable sporting moments and the legacy it left behind.
    13 Sep 2017 | LA 2028, Olympic News
  • News | Lillehammer 2016

    Joining the fight against doping – a Young Ambassador with big ambitions

    It has been a stellar 12 months for 23-year-old Belgian Nicky van Rossem, one of 39 Young Ambassadors at the Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games. With a WADA-funded anti-doping study behind her, the sports research assistant and part-time hurdling coach has her sights set on making a difference through sport.
    15 Feb 2017 | YOG, Lillehammer 2016, Olympic News
  • News | RIO 2016

    Thiam springs heptathlon surprise, Eaton retains decathlon crown

    Belgium’s Nafissatou Thiam caused a major upset at Rio 2016, deposing Great Britain’s Jessica Ennis-Hill as heptathlon champion. In the decathlon, meanwhile, the USA’s Ashton Eaton held off France’s Kévin Mayer to retain his title, equalling the Olympic record in the process and cementing his status as the world’s greatest all-round athlete.
    31 Oct 2016 | Olympic News, RIO 2016, Athletics
  • News | RIO 2016

    Hurdlers, walkers and steeplechasers serve up a treat on the Rio 2016 track

    The sprint hurdle events at Rio 2016 produced a Jamaican first and an American clean sweep, with the USA also completing a one-lap hurdles double. Meanwhile, the steeplechase events saw another Kenyan crowned champion and a new Bahraini winner, while China reigned supreme in both of the 20km walk competitions and a Slovak took the honours in the men’s 50km.
    28 Oct 2016 | RIO 2016, Athletics, Olympic News
  • News | RIO 2016

    Decathlete Eaton confirms status as all-round great

    US decathlete Ashton Eaton has a habit of doing things at least twice over. Not content with breaking Roman Sebrle’s long-standing world record in 2012 in unfavourably cold and wet conditions in his native Oregon, the undisputed world number one set a new mark of 9,045 points at the 2015 World Championships, landing his second world title in the process.
    17 Oct 2016 | RIO 2016, Olympic News, Athletics
  • News | RIO 2016

    Phelps lights up the Rio 2016 pool

    The winner of six medals, five of them gold, the USA’s Michael Phelps was the undisputed star of the pool at Rio 2016. The most decorated athlete in the history of the Games, he left Brazil with 23 Olympic titles to his name and 28 medals in all. His latest clutch of achievements were among the many high points of a week in which the likes of team-mate Ryan Murphy, Australia’s Kyle Chalmers, Great Britain’s Adam Peaty, China’s Sun Yang, Singapore’s Joseph Schooling and Kazakhstan’s Dmitriy Balandin also excelled.
    14 Oct 2016 | RIO 2016, Olympic News, Swimming
  • News | RIO 2016

    Records and firsts at Rio 2016

    From the South African runner Wayde Van Niekerk, who broke the world record in the men’s 400m, to the Fiji men’s rugby sevens team, who won their NOC’s first ever gold medal, Rio 2016 was awash with records and landmark moments.
    06 Sep 2016 | RIO 2016, Olympic News
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