Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

The Games’ most unforgettable moments

142575824.jpg

With just one month to go to London 2012, ShortList revisits some of the Games’ most unforgettable moments

TAKING A DIVE

Greg Louganis was arguably the greatest diver in history but during the 1988 Games in Seoul, the American took off, straightened out of a somersault and cracked his head on the springboard. He had concussion and five stitches, but still won gold.

______________________________________________________________

GREAT LEAP FORWARD

Bob Beamon didn’t break the long jump record – he shattered it by 55cm in 1968. His 8.9m leap stood for 23 years.

______________________________________________________________

FOOL’S GOLD

Canadian Ben Johnson powered to 100m gold at the 1988 Seoul Olympics in 9.79sec. He was later disqualified when steroid traces were found in his urine. Carl Lewis took the gold and Linford Christie silver.

______________________________________________________________

NO PAIN, NO GAIN

Hungarian Janos Baranyai’s 2008 Beijing Olympics ended in agony when he dislocated his elbow trying to snatch 148kg.

______________________________________________________________

PODIUM POLITICS

Jesse Owens ruined Hitler’s propaganda plans in 1936 by winning four golds for the US. German long jump runner-up Luz Long gave a Nazi salute – but later won a sportsmanship medal, after Owens claimed Long gave him tips on take-off.

______________________________________________________________

LEAN ON ME

During the 400m semi-final in 1992, Brit Derek Redmond tore his hamstring. Determined to finish, he limped to the line, helped by dad Jim, as the crowd applauded each step.

______________________________________________________________

TRIPLE THREAT

In the early Eighties, Britain ruled middle-distance running. This shot in 1984 was taken with 500m left of the 1,500m final in LA: Seb Coe won gold, Steve Cram silver and Steve Ovett retired with exhaustion.

______________________________________________________________

MARATHON EFFORT

Italian Dorando Pietri collapsed five times during London’s 1908 marathon. Marshalls helped him across the finish line in first place. That help saw him later disqualified.

Related

rexfeatures_1730477d.jpg

How to watch the Olympics

Luol Deng HERO.jpg

Training Confidential: Luol Deng

vintolym.jpg

Vintage Olympics attire

Comments

More

The art of getting hurt: the weird world of the journeyman boxer

Matt Blake charts the path of a fighter paid to be second best

08 Dec 2016

Boxing doesn’t need Mayweather, but MMA needs McGregor

Who doesn't love a shit-talking, hard-punching antihero?

by Sam Diss
01 Dec 2016

Whatever happened to the Premier League's youngest goalscorers?

Following the EFL Cup heroics of Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn, we look at pubescent hotshots of yore

30 Nov 2016

Here's how the footballing world paid tribute to Chapecoense

by Joe Ellison
30 Nov 2016

The SPOTY Award nominees are boring. Try these instead

30 Nov 2016

Watch footballer pass ball to steward after mistaking him for player

Not entirely his fault...

by Dave Fawbert
22 Nov 2016

5 Vines that prove Jamie Redknapp is a master of football analysis

by Joe Ellison
31 Oct 2016

Ballon d’Or: Who’s a fraud and who's not

We weigh up the merits of the 30 footballers recently deemed the planet's best

26 Oct 2016

Luis Suarez talks English football and the toughest PL defenders

He's a lover, not a biter

19 Oct 2016

Gary Lineker talks crisps, Rooney and "Sh*t on pitch"

Crisp don Gary Lineker reminisces about the time Diego Maradona nearly fell off a balcony

by Alex Christian
19 Oct 2016