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The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

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The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

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The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

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The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

20110827

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

20110910

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

20111001

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

20111008

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

20111015

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

20111022

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

20111029

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

20111104

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

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The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

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The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

20111125

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

20111209

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

20111216

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

20111223

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

20111230

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

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The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

20120114

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

20120121

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

20120128

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

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The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

20120210

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

20120211

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

20120217

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

20120309

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

20120316

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

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The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

20120331

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

20120407

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

20120414

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

20120421

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

20120428

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

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The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

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The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

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The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history.

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The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

2012072120120722

A compilation of some of the most memorable stories from the series looking at historic.

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

A compilation of some of the most memorable stories from the series looking at historic moments in sport - Sporting Witness.

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The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

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The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

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The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

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The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

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The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

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The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

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The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

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The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

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The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

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The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

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The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

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The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

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The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

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The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

20140517

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The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

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The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

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The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

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The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

20140607

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

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The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

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The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

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The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

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The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

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The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

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The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

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The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

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The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

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The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

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The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

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The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

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The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

20141011

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

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The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

20141018

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

20141018

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

20141102

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

01/10/201120111002

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

02/03/201220120303

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

02/03/201220120305

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

02/12/201120111203

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

02/12/201120111205

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

03/09/201120110904

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

04/02/201220120205

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

04/02/201220120206

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

06/01/201220120107

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

06/01/201220120108

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

06/08/201120110807

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

07/04/201220120408

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

08/10/201120111009

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

09/03/201220120310

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

09/03/201220120311

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

09/03/201220120312

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

10/09/201120110911

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

11/02/201220120212

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

11/02/201220120213

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

11/11/201120111112

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

12/05/20122012051220120514

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

12/05/20122012051220120513

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

13/08/201120110814

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

14/01/201220120115

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

14/01/201220120116

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

14/04/201220120415

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

14/04/201220120416

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

15/10/201120111016

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

16/03/201220120317

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

16/03/201220120318

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

16/03/201220120319

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

16/12/201120111217

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

17/02/201220120218

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

17/02/201220120220

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

18/11/201120111119

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

18/11/201120111120

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

18/11/201120111121

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

20/08/201120110821

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

21/01/201220120122

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

21/01/201220120123

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

21/04/2012

21/04/201220120422

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

21/04/201220120423

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

22/10/201120111023

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

23/03/201220120326

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

23/12/201120111224

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

25/11/201120111126

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

25/11/201120111127

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

25/11/201120111128

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

27/08/201120110828

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

28/01/201220120129

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

28/01/201220120130

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

28/04/201220120430

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

28/06/201420140629

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

29/10/201120111030

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

29/10/201120111031

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

30/07/201120110731

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

30/12/201120111231

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

30/12/201120120101

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

30/12/201120120102

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

Alex Zanardi20140315

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In 2001, Alex Zanardi, the Italian racing driver and two-time winner of the American Indy Car Series, lost both his legs in a horrific crash. Despite his injuries, he managed to return to motor-racing and launch a second career as a gold-medal winning handcyclist. Alex Zanardi talks to Will Yates.

Picture: Getty Images Sport.

The programme is a Whistledown Production for BBC World Service.

American Football's "greatest Game"20120206

In 1958, the New York Giants played the Baltimore Colts in the NFL championship game.

The match was so exciting it turned American Football into a successful television sport virtually overnight.

The clash became known as the "Greatest Game".

Sporting Witness talks to veteran American sports commentator, Bob Wolff, who covered the match.

PHOTO: Bob Wolff commentating in the 1950s.

How the "Greatest Game" in American Football turned the sport into a modern phenomenon.

America's Cup Goes To Australia20110924

How the Australian yachting team won the America's Cup in 1983.

In 1983, the Australian yachting team made history by winning the America's Cup - the biggest prize in the sport.

They defeated the Americans for the first time in 132 years.

Witness speaks to the Australian skipper, John Bertrand.

PHOTO: John Bertrand at the helm of Australia II.

(Getty Images Sport)

America's Cup Goes To Australia20110925

How the Australian yachting team won the America's Cup in 1983.

Andres Escobar20140621

Andres Escobar2014062120140622 (WS)

In 1994, the Colombian defender Andres Escobar was murdered in the city of Medellin shortly after scoring an own goal in a crucial match at the World Cup. Many linked his death directly to his mistake on the pitch. Sporting Witness talks to Colombian journalist Luis Fernando Restrepo, a friend of Escobar's who saw him on the night he was killed.

(Photo: Getty Images)

Barry Mcguigan Unites Ireland2014053120140601 (WS)

How the boxer's world championship bid brought together all sides in Northern Ireland.

In June 1985, the Irish boxer fought for the world championship in front of a huge crowd at a football stadium in London. McGuigan's boxing had united all sides in Northern Ireland, and the emotional bout would come to be regarded as one of the great moments in the history of the sport. He talks to Alex Capstick.

PHOTO: Getty Images Sport.

Bob Beamon And The "leap Of The Century"2012071420120716

How the American long-jumper shattered the world record at the 1968 Mexico Olympics.

In 1968, the American athlete, Bob Beamon, made a jump that many thought would never be bettered.

In a single leap at the Mexico City Olympics, he improved the world record by more than a metre.

Sporting Witness speaks to Bob Beamon and to Lynn Davies, a Welsh long-jumper who saw the feat.

NOTE: The audio for this programme will be available online on Monday 16th July.

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history.

Brandi Chastain: It's Not About the Bra20140426

Brandi Chastain: It's Not About the Bra2014042620140427 (WS)

The American footballer who won the World Cup, then tore off her shirt to reveal her bra.

Brandi Chastain: It's Not About the Bra20140426

Brandi Chastain: It's Not About the Bra20140426

The American footballer who won the World Cup, then tore off her shirt to reveal her bra.

Brandi Chastain: It's Not About the Bra20140426

Brandi Chastain: It's Not About the Bra20140426

In 1999, the American footballer, Brandi Chastain, scored the winning penalty in the Women's World Cup final against China. She caused controversy by tearing off her shirt in celebration to reveal her sports bra. Brandi Chastain talks to Sporting Witness.

PHOTO: Getty Images.

British Lions In Apartheid South Africa2014101120141012 (WS)

In 1974, the British Lions rugby team made a famous and controversial tour of South Africa. As well as political controversy over Apartheid, the matches became legendary for their on-pitch violence and off-pitch partying. Alex Last talks to the Welsh winger, J.J Williams

PHOTO: J.J Williams on the tour of South Africa (Getty Images Sport).

Cliff Young - Potato Farmer And Ultrarunner20120402

How ageing potato farmer, Cliff Young, became an Australian running legend.

In 1983, a 61-year old potato farmer called Cliff Young stunned Australia by winning an epic running race between Sydney and Melbourne.

The victory made Young a legend and helped put ultra-running on the map as a sport.

Witness speaks to ultra-running great, Tony Rafferty, who lost to Cliff Young in the 1983 race.

PHOTO: Cliff Young training in gumboots. (Getty Images Sport)

Duncan Goodhew And The Moscow Olympic Boycott20111105

In 1980, the British swimmer, Duncan Goodhew, faced a moral dilemma over whether to compete in the Moscow Olympics, which were being boycotted by the USA.

In the end, he decided to compete and won Gold in the 100m breastroke.

For Witness, David Prest hears from Duncan Goodhew and other British athletes at the 1980 games.

PHOTO: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

How the 1980 Moscow Olympics created a moral dilemma for British swimmer, Duncan Goodhew

Duncan Goodhew And The Moscow Olympic Boycott20111106

How the 1980 Moscow Olympics created a moral dilemma for British swimmer, Duncan Goodhew

Duncan Goodhew And The Moscow Olympic Boycott20111107

How the 1980 Moscow Olympics created a moral dilemma for British swimmer, Duncan Goodhew

Fa Cup Giantkillers20120109

In 1972, tiny Hereford United won one of the greatest FA Cup matches of all time, knocking out First Division Newcastle.

The game featured two spectacular Hereford goals and three pitch invasions before ending in extra time.

Sporting Witness speaks to Hereford goal-scorer, Ricky George, and to a lifelong fan.

PHOTO: Hereford heroes Ronnie Radford and Ricky George (right). (Press Association)

How tiny Hereford United won one of the greatest FA cup ties of all time in 1972.

Fastnet Yacht Disaster20140809

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In 1979, a freak storm hit a prestigious ocean race in the Irish Sea, killing 18 people.

Fastnet Yacht Disaster20140809

Fastnet Yacht Disaster20140809

In 1979, a freak storm hit a prestigious ocean race in the Irish Sea, killing 18 people.

Fastnet Yacht Disaster20140809

Fastnet Yacht Disaster20140809

In 1979, a freak storm hit a prestigious ocean race in the Irish Sea, killing 15 sailors and 3 rescuers. Matthew Sheehan tells Sporting Witness how hurricane-force winds engulfed his yacht as it headed towards the Fastnet rock, killing his father. This programme was first broadcast in 2010.

PHOTO: Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

Fastnet Yacht Disaster2014080920140810 (WS)

In 1979, a freak storm hit a prestigious ocean race in the Irish Sea, killing 18 people.

In 1979, a freak storm hit a prestigious ocean race in the Irish Sea, killing 15 sailors and 3 rescuers. Matthew Sheehan tells Sporting Witness how hurricane-force winds engulfed his yacht as it headed towards the Fastnet rock, killing his father. This programme was first broadcast in 2010.

PHOTO: Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

Flo-jo2012062320120625

At the Seoul Olympics in 1988, the American sprinter Florence Griffith-Joyner won the 100 and 200 metres in records that still stand till this day.

Flo-Jo, as she was nicknamed, was also famous for her flamboyant nails and unique dress sense.

In a rare interview, Flo-Jo's husband Al Joyner, remembers her achivements and premature death in 1998.

PHOTO: Getty Images Sport.

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

Four Minute Mile20120609

In 1954, Sir Roger Bannister became the first athlete to run a mile in less than four minutes.

He tells his story to Rob Walker.

PHOTO: Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

Gold For Burundi!20120116

In 1996, Venuste Niyongabo won Burundi's only Olympic gold medal ever.

His victory in the 5,000 metres came at the height of civil war and made him a unifying figure for Birundians.

Emily Williams meets him for Sporting Witness.

PHOTO: Venuste Niyongabo winning gold. (GETTY IMAGES)

NOTE: This programme will be available on iPlayer on Monday.

How Venuste Niyongabo won Burundi's only Olympic gold in 1996.

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In 1988, the American diver, Greg Louganis, hit his head on the diving board at the Olympic Games.

As he bled from a head wound, Louganis knew he was secretly HIV-positive. He had to decide whether to tell officials about the possible health risk.

Louganis describes the experience to Sporting Witness.

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

India's Hockey Gold2014100420141005 (WS)

In 1948 at the 'austerity' Olympics, newly independent India won gold on the hockey pitch

In 1948 at the 'austerity' Olympics, newly independent India won gold on the hockey pitch. One of the stars of the Indian team was Balbir Singh.

(Photo: Balbir Singh scoring a goal against Great Britain. Credit: AP Images)

Kathrine Switzer - Women's Marathon Pioneer20140419

Kathrine Switzer - Women's Marathon Pioneer2014041920140420 (WS)

In 1967, the American athlete became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon despite attempts to stop her. At the time, officials believed women were incapable of running more than a mile and a half. The experience turned Kathrine Switzer into a campaigner for women's sport. She spoke to Sporting Witness in 2012.

PHOTO: Associated Press.

Kenya's First Winter Olympian20140125

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How cross-country skiing united a Kenyan farmer and a Norwegian Winter Olympic hero

Kenya's First Winter Olympian20140125

Kenya's First Winter Olympian2014012520140126 (WS)

How cross-country skiing united a Kenyan farmer and a Norwegian Winter Olympic hero

Kenya's First Winter Olympian20140125

Kenya's First Winter Olympian20140125

How cross-country skiing united a Kenyan farmer and a Norwegian Winter Olympic hero

Kenya's First Winter Olympian20140125

Kenya's First Winter Olympian20140125

In 1998, a Kenyan farmer called Philip Boit became one of the first Africans to compete in the Winter Olympics. In the 10-kilometre cross-country skiing final he faced the legendary Norwegian, Bjorn Daehlie. It was a race that would unite the two athletes and inspire future Winter Olympians across Africa.

PHOTO: Getty Images.

Kenya's First Winter Olympian20140125

Kenya's First Winter Olympian2014012520140126 (WS)

In 1998, a Kenyan farmer called Philip Boit became one of the first Africans to compete in the Winter Olympics. In the 10-kilometre cross-country skiing final he faced the legendary Norwegian, Bjorn Daehlie. It was a race that would unite the two athletes and inspire future Winter Olympians across Africa.

PHOTO: Getty Images.

Kip Keino20111225

In 1968, Kip Keino became an inspiration to Kenyan athletes when he won gold in the 1500m at the Mexico City Olympics.

Mary Harper visits Keino at his home in Kenya to hear about his struggle to win that medal, and about his incredible life story.

(Image: Kip Keino winning Olympic gold. Credit: Tony Duffy/Getty Images Sport)

How the Kenyan running legend Kip Keino, won Olympic gold in 1968.

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How the Kenyan running legend Kip Keino, won Olympic gold in 1968.

Lady Swimmers Of The 1920s20111210

How three British women swimmers took the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics by storm.

Their names were Joyce Cooper, Jean McDowell and Cissie Stewart.

Photo: The British women's team in Holland.

Lady Swimmers Of The 1920s20111211

How three British women swimmers took the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics by storm.

Lady Swimmers Of The 1920s20111212
London's Austerity Olympics20120130

In 1948, London hosted what became known as the "Austerity Olympics".

The games were held just three years after the end of World War II - in a city where streets were still scarred by bombing and Londoners still lived on rationing.

The Olympics helped lift the mood of the nation.

Helena Merriman talks to Dorothy Tyler, who competed in the high jump in 1948.

This programme was first broadcast in 2010.

PHOTO: Dorothy Tyler in action (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

How the 1948 Olympics helped London emerge from its post-war gloom.

Maradona's "hand Of God"2012061620120618

In 1986, Argentina striker Diego Maradona scored two goals against England which have gone down in World Cup history.

The first goal is now known as the "Hand of God"; the second as the "Goal of the Century".

England frontman Gary Lineker saw both goals go in and shares his memories with Sporting Witness.

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

Michael Chang wins the French Open20140607

Michael Chang Wins The French Open2014060720140608 (WS)

In 1989, the Chinese-American player became the youngest male winner of a tennis Grand Slam just days after the Tiananmen Square massacre. Michael Chang was gripped by tv coverage of the killings and dedicated his only major win to the people of China. He talks to Sporting Witness.

PHOTO: Getty Images.

Milkha Singh - The Flying Sikh20140802

Milkha Singh - The Flying Sikh2014080220140803 (WS)

The remarkable life-story of the first Indian runner to win a Commonwealth Games gold.

Milkha Singh - The Flying Sikh20140802

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The remarkable life-story of the first Indian runner to win a Commonwealth Games gold.

Milkha Singh - The Flying Sikh20140802

Milkha Singh - The Flying Sikh20140802

The remarkable life-story of the first Indian runner to win a Commonwealth Games gold.

Milkha Singh - The Flying Sikh20140802

Milkha Singh - The Flying Sikh20140802

In 1958, Milkha Singh became the first Indian to win a track-and-field gold at the Commonwealth Games in Cardiff. Singh - later nicknamed the Flying Sikh - had been orphaned in the violence that followed the Partition of India. He overcame the trauma by discovering athletics while serving in the Indian army. He talks to Sporting Witness.

PHOTO: Getty Images

Milkha Singh - The Flying Sikh2014080220140803 (WS)

The remarkable life-story of the first Indian runner to win a Commonwealth Games gold.

In 1958, Milkha Singh became the first Indian to win a track-and-field gold at the Commonwealth Games in Cardiff. Singh - later nicknamed the Flying Sikh - had been orphaned in the violence that followed the Partition of India. He overcame the trauma by discovering athletics while serving in the Indian army. He talks to Sporting Witness.

PHOTO: Getty Images

Muhammad Ali Vs Sonny Liston World Heavyweight Championships 19642014030120140302 (WS)

Cassius Clay was a young pretender fighting a veteran with a reputation for knockouts

Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston fought the first of two of the most controversial boxing bouts in history in February 1964. The 22-year-old Ali - fighting under his original name Cassius Clay was the young pretender taking on a veteran with a reputation for knockouts. He became world champion in circumstances that are still disputed to this day. Witness speaks to an American sportswriter with a ringside seat for both bouts.

PHOTO: Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

Natalie Du Toit2012050520120507

How the swimmer became the first athlete to compete at the Paralympic and Olympic games.

Natalie Du Toit2012050520120506

How the swimmer became the first athlete to compete at the Paralympic and Olympic games.

In 2008, the South African swimmer, Natalie du Toit, became the first athlete to qualify to compete at the Paralympic and Olympic Games.

She tells her story to Fred Dove.

Photo: Natalie du Toit at the 2008 Paralympics (AFP/Getty Images)

Note: The audio for this programme will be available online from Monday 7th May.

Natalie Du Toit20120506

How the swimmer became the first athlete to compete at the Paralympic and Olympic games.

Natalie Du Toit20120507

How the swimmer became the first athlete to compete at the Paralympic and Olympic games.

North Korea - World Cup Giantkillers!20140510

North Korea - World Cup Giantkillers!2014051020140511 (WS)

In 1966, the footballers of communist North Korea travelled to England to play in their first World Cup. Against all expectations, they won a series of matches - including a shock victory over Italy - and charmed their hosts in the northern city of Middlesborough. Sporting Witness talks to the Italian forward, Sandro Mazzola, and one of North Korea's many English supporters. The programme is a Whistledown Production for BBC World Service.

PHOTO: North Korea celebrating their win over Italy (Getty Images).

North Korea - World Cup Giantkillers!20140510

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How the footballers of communist North Korea shocked Italy at the 1966 World Cup.

North Korea - World Cup Giantkillers!20140510

North Korea - World Cup Giantkillers!20140510

How the footballers of communist North Korea shocked Italy at the 1966 World Cup.

North Korea - World Cup Giantkillers!20140510

North Korea - World Cup Giantkillers!20140510

In 1966, the footballers of communist North Korea travelled to England to play in their first World Cup. Against all expectations, they won a series of matches - including a shock victory over Italy - and charmed their hosts in the northern city of Middlesborough. Sporting Witness talks to the Italian forward, Sandro Mazzola, and one of North Korea's many English supporters. The programme is a Whistledown Production for BBC World Service.

PHOTO: North Korea celebrating their win over Italy (Getty Images).

Pele Joins NY Cosmos20141116

Clive Toye's account of Pele's shock move to a US soccer team in 1975

Pele Joins NY Cosmos20141116

An insider's account of Pele's shock move to a soccer team in the United States in 1975. We hear from Clive Toye, the former General Manager of the New York Cosmos, who persuaded Pele to play football in the US.

(Photo: Pele in action for NY Cosmos during an American Soccer League match. Credit: Getty Images/Allsport UK /Allsport)

Ping Pong Diplomacy20111113

How table tennis helped bridge the divide between the US and Maoist China in 1971.

At the start of the 1970s, the United States and Maoist China were cold war enemies.

Then the world table tennis championships of 1971 helped improve relations between the two countries.

Sporting Witness hears from the American ping-pong players invited on a pioneering visit to China.

Ping Pong Diplomacy20111114

How table tennis helped bridge the divide between the US and Maoist China in 1971.

Queen Elizabeth Ii's Diamond Jubilee: Coronation Derby2012060220120604

A few days after Queen Elizabeth II was crowned, she had her best chance of owning the winner of the derby, but first the horse would have to beat the British public's favourite jockey.

Peter O'Sullevan - the BBC's voice of racing - talks to Julian Bedford.

(Image: Champion jockey Gordon Richards being led in after winning the Coronation Derby on 'Pinza'. Credit: Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Sporting Witness takes you back to the coronation derby in 1953.

Ron Clarke Collapses At Mexico Olympics20111218

At the 1968 Mexico Olympics, the world looked on in horror as the Australian runner, Ron Clarke, collapsed at the finishing line of the 10,000 metres.

Clarke had run out of oxygen because of the high altitude in Mexico City.

Sporting Witness speaks to Clarke and to the Australian team doctor who revived him.

PHOTO: Ron Clarke, in second place, shortly before his collapse.

(Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

How Australian runner Ron Clarke collapsed from altitude sickness at the Mexico Olympics.

Ron Clarke Collapses At Mexico Olympics20111219

How Australian runner Ron Clarke collapsed from altitude sickness at the Mexico Olympics.

Ryder Cup - The War by the Shore2014092720140928 (WS)

The bitter clash between the best golfers from the USA and Europe in 1991

Ryder Cup - The War by the Shore20140927

The bitter clash between the best golfers from the USA and Europe in 1991

Ryder Cup - The War by the Shore20140927

In 1991, the best golfers from the USA and Europe went head-to-head in one of the most bitter confrontations in the history of the Ryder Cup. Played shortly after the First Gulf War, some of the European team objected to the militaristic and fiercely partisan atmosphere encouraged by their American hosts. The tension spilled over into the tournament itself, which was decided on the last hole. Will Yates speaks to golfers Hale Irwin and Paul Broadhurst.

(Photo: Getty Images)

Ryder Cup - The War By The Shore2014092720140928 (WS)

The bitter clash between the best golfers from the USA and Europe in 1991

Ryder Cup - The War By The Shore20140927

The bitter clash between the best golfers from the USA and Europe in 1991

In 1991, the best golfers from the USA and Europe went head-to-head in one of the most bitter confrontations in the history of the Ryder Cup. Played shortly after the First Gulf War, some of the European team objected to the militaristic and fiercely partisan atmosphere encouraged by their American hosts. The tension spilled over into the tournament itself, which was decided on the last hole. Will Yates speaks to golfers Hale Irwin and Paul Broadhurst.

(Photo: Getty Images)

Shootings At The Munich Olympics20110917

Israeli athletes remember the shootings at the Munich Olympics of 1972

Louise Hidalgo hears from Israeli athletes who lived through the darkest day in Olympic History - the shootings at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

PHOTO: A German policeman on patrol after the shootings.

(Hutton Archive/Getty Images).

Shootings At The Munich Olympics20110918

Israeli athletes remember the shootings at the Munich Olympics of 1972

Louise Hidalgo hears from Israeli athletes who lived through the darkest day in Olympic History - the shootings at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

PHOTO: A German policeman on patrol after the shootings.

(Hutton Archive/Getty Images).

Silken Laumann - Unsinkable!20140309

The Canadian rower who defied a horrific injury to win an Olympic medal in 1992.

In 1992, the Canadian rower suffered a horrific injury just ten weeks before the Barcelona Olympics. After four operations, Silken Laumann managed to make it to the final and win a medal, becoming a national hero in Canada. She speaks to Sporting Witness.

PHOTO:Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Sport.

The "cotswold Olimpicks" Of 161220120102

As London prepares to hold the 2012 Olympics, Sporting Witness goes back four centuries to the first ever games held in Britain - the "Cotswold Olimpicks".

The games - which included everything from tossing the caber to shin-kicking - were organised by Robert Dover in the small village of Chipping Campden.

Sarah Cuddon visits the modern version of the Cotswold Games and learns how they inspired the finest poets of the age.

PHOTO: Sheaf-throwing, an Olympic sport in the Cotswolds. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

How British Olympic history started 400 years ago with the games held in the Cotswolds.

The Boycott Games20140726
The Boycott Games20140726
The Boycott Games20140726
The Boycott Games2014072620140727 (WS)

The last time the Commonwealth Games were in Scotland many African nations boycotted them

The Boycott Games20140726
The Boycott Games20140726

The last time the Commonwealth Games were in Scotland many African nations boycotted them

The Boycott Games20140726

The Boycott Games20140726

The last time the Commonwealth Games were held in Scotland was in 1986, when nearly 60 countries, mostly from Africa and the Caribbean, boycotted the event in protest at Margaret Thatcher’s policy of maintaining sporting links with apartheid-era South Africa. Eve Streeter talks to the English distance runner Jon Solly about winning the 10,000 metres at a games that was attended almost exclusively by white athletes.

(Photo: The opening of the 1986 Commonwealth Games. Credit: PA)

The First Special Olympics2014083020140831 (WS)

How the first games for athletes with intellectual disabilities were organised in 1968.

In the summer of 1968, the first games for athletes with intellectual disabilities were held in Chicago. They were promoted by the Kennedy family, one of whose members had learning difficulties. Sporting Witness talks to Frank Olivo, who won the 50-yard race, and Anne Burke, a Chicago schoolteacher who helped organise the event.

PHOTO: Members of the US Special Olympic team (Private Collection)

The Fosbury Flop20110903

How American athlete Dick Fosbury invented a new style and revolutionised high-jumping.

In the 1960s, the American athlete, Dick Fosbury, revolutionised high-jumping by inventing the 'Fosbury flop'.

Instead of diving or scissor-kicking over the high-jump bar, Fosbury floated across on his back.

In 1968, the Fosbury flop won its inventor a gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1968.

Alan Johnston speaks to Dick Fosbury for Sporting Witness.

PHOTO: AFP/Getty Images

NOTE: The audio for this programme will not be available on iPlayer until Monday 5 September 2011.

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history

The Jamaican Bobsled Team20120312

In 1988 the Caribbean island fielded a bobsled team at the Winter Olympics.

Devon Harris was one of the four man team - hear his story.

Photo: Mark Cardwell/AFP/Getty Images.

The Magical Magyars20140712
The Magical Magyars2014071220140713 (WS)

How Hungary's footballers hammered mighty England 6-3 at Wembley in 1953.

The Magical Magyars20140712

The Magical Magyars20140712

How Hungary's footballers hammered mighty England 6-3 at Wembley in 1953.

In 1953, England were regarded as the "Fathers of Football" and as virtually unbeatable on home soil. But a Hungarian team led by the great Ferenc Puskas demolished them 6-3 at Wembley Stadium. Will Yates introduces memories of the match from former players, Stan Mortensen and Jackie Sewell, and former England manager, Bobby Robson, who was in the crowd. The programme is a Whistledown Production.

PHOTO: Centre-Forward Nandor Hidegkuti hammers home Hungary's sixth goal (Hulton Archive/Getty Images).

The Skiing Friendship That Inspired Africa2014012520140126 (WS)

How cross-country skiing united a Kenyan farmer and a Norweigan Winter Olympic hero.

In 1998, a Kenyan farmer called Philip Boit became one of the first Africans to compete in the Winter Olympics. In the 10-kilometre cross-country skiing final he faced the legendary Norweigan, Bjorn Daehlie. It was a race that would unite the two athletes and inspire future Winter Olympians across Africa.

PHOTO: Getty Images.

Torvill And Dean2014022220140223 (WS)

In 1984, the British skaters charmed the world with their performance of Ravel's Bolero.

In 1984, the British skaters entranced the world with their performance of Ravel's Bolero at the Winter Olympics. Torvill and Dean scored a row of perfect 6s and stormed to Olympic gold. They talk to Alex Collins.

PHOTO: Getty Images

Women's Marathon Pioneer20120302

In 1967, the American athlete Kathrine Switzer, became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon.

At the time, athletics officials believed women were incapable of running more than a mile and a half.

After crossing the finishing line, Switzer was disqualified.

It was an experience that turned her into a campaigner for women's sport.

PHOTOS: Boston Marathon officials attempt to stop Katherine Switzer. (AP)

How Kathrine Switzer became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1967.

The inside and personal story of the key sporting moments from Olympic history