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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 late All Blacks rugby legend in his own words

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In 1998, the world's most expensive chess centre opened in a remote region of Russia.

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The troubled life of the youngest heavyweight boxing champion of all time

"can't Bat, Can't Bowl, Can't Field" - England's 1986 Ashes2015082320150824 (WS)
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In 1986, the England cricket team got off to a disastrous start on a tour of Australia - inspiring one of the most famous headlines in cricket history. But the English team bounced back to win the Ashes series and prove their critics wrong. Robert Nicholson reports. The programme is a Whistledown Production.

PHOTO: Adrian Murrell (Getty Images Sport)

How a newspaper headline inspired England's cricketers to victory over Australia.

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Abhinav Bindra - India's First Olympic Gold Medalist2017011620170117 (WS)

In 2008, an Indian rifle shooter became a national hero when he won the Olympics.

In 2008, India won its first ever individual gold medal in the Olympics after nearly 100 years of trying. The winner was a rifle shooter called Abhinav Bindra, who received more than 300,000 letters of congratulations from his fellow Indians. Abhinav Bindra talks to Farhana Haider about his obsessive battle for victory.

PHOTO: Abhinav Bindra with his Olympic gold medal (Getty Images)

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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.

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

Ammo Baba - Iraqi Football Hero2016120520161206 (WS)

The footballer and coach loved by the people of Iraq

In 2009, thousands of Iraqis gathered at the National Football Stadium to attend the funeral of the player and coach, Emmanuel Baba Dawud, better known as Ammo Baba. Ammo Baba was a beloved player, whose heading ability was legendary and who scored Iraq's first ever international goal. As a coach, Ammo Baba won many regional trophies for the Iraqi team and stood up to Saddam Hussein's sadistic son, Uday. His brother, Banwal Baba Dawud, talks to Ashley Byrne. The programme is a Made-In-Manchester Production.

PHOTO: Mourners at Ammo Baba's funeral (Getty Images)

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)

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In 1975, Arthur Ashe became the first African-American man to win Wimbledon

In 1975, Arthur Ashe beat the world number one Jimmy Connors to become the first African-American to win Wimbledon. In 2011, Ashe's friend and agent, Donald Dell, told Louise Hidalgo about that memorable match - and about what else Ashe might have achieved if he had not died young.

(Photo: Arthur Ashe in action at Wimbledon. Credit: Getty Images)

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In 1983, the crew of Australia II ended American domination of yachting's biggest event

In 1983, the crew of Australia II ended 132 years of American domination of the biggest event in yachting. The series went down to the last race, with Australia's dramatic victory sparking national celebrations on a huge scale. Aussie skipper John Bertrand talks to Simon Watts. The programme was first broadcast in 2011.

(Photo: The Australia II in action in 1983. Credit: Getty Images)

Bangladesh's Channel Swimmer Hero2016060620160607 (WS)
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In 1961, Brojen Das, a swimmer from the Ganges Delta, broke the world record for the crossing from France to England at the sixth attempt. The achievement earned him an audience with the Queen and made him a hero in what is now Bangladesh. Farhana Haider introduces Brojen Das's own account and speaks to his daughter, Sanghita Pal.

PHOTO: Brogen Das, still covered in grease after his record breaking swim 1961 (credit: Sanghita Pal)

How Brojen Das broke the world record for swimming from France to England in 1961.

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.

Black Day For Democracy2016021320160216 (WS)

In February 2003, Zimbabwean cricketers Henry Olonga and Andy Flower risked their careers to protest against President Mugabe during the World Cup. After issuing a statement condemning the human rights situation in Zimbabwe, the players took to the field wearing black armbands to symbolise what they considered the "Death of Democracy" in their country. Henry Olonga talks to Rob Walker for Sporting Witness.

PHOTO: Henry Olonga (Getty Images)

How two Zimbabwean cricketers risked their careers to protest again President Mugabe.

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 Bra2014042620140427 (WS)

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

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).

Cathy Freeman, The Star Of The Sydney Olympics2016012320160126 (WS)

In 2000, the aboriginal runner, Cathy Freeman, became the star of the Olympic Games in Sydney. After being given the honour of lighting the Olympic cauldron, she was under huge pressure to win the 400 metres in front of her home crowd. Freeman delivered in style - and went on an emotional victory lap parading both the aboriginal and Australian flags.

Presented by Simon Watts.

Picture: Cathy Freeman celebrating her 400m victory in 2000, Credit: Getty Images

Chess City2016041120160412 (WS)

In 1998, a remote and impoverished region of Russia hosted the Chess Olympiad - one of the biggest events in the sport. The controversial president of Kalmykia, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, spent millions of dollars on the venue, which he named Chess City. British Grandmaster Nigel Short played at the Olympiad.

PICTURE: The plans for Chess City (BBC)

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)

'collision In Korea'2015120520151208 (WS)

In 1995, the Japanese wrestler, Antonio Inoki, organised an international tournament in secretive North Korea. Featuring wrestling stars from Japan and America, the Collision in Korea was an attempt to foster peace through sport and attracted crowds in the hundreds of thousands. Ashley Byrne reports. The programme is a Made-in-Manchester Production.

(Photo: The crowd at the Collision in Korea in Pyongyang. Credit: Getty Images).

How an international wrestling tournament wowed secretive North Korea in 1995

Czechoslovakia Ice Hockey Riots2016031220160315 (WS)

In March 1969, the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia faced off in a tense ice hockey match at the World Championships in Sweden. The Czechoslovak team were determined to get revenge for Moscow's invasion of their country to crush the Prague Spring reform movement. The Czechoslovaks won an unexpected victory sparking celebrations and then rioting in Prague. Ashley Byrne talks to the Czechoslovak player, Jan Havel. The programme is a Made-In-Manchester Production.

PHOTO: Czechoslovakia playing the Soviet Union in the 1960s (Getty Images).

In 1969, a match between the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia sparked unrest in Prague.

Dawn Fraser - Triple Olympic Champion2016050220160503 (WS)
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In the 1950s and 60s, the Australian swimmer, Dawn Fraser, became one of the most famous athletes in the world - winning the Olympic 100 metres three times in a row. But Fraser was almost as well known for her rebellious attitude and bad behaviour out of the pool. Kirsty Mcquire talks to Dawn Fraser and her coach, Harry Gallagher. The programme is a Sparklab Production.

Photo: Dawn Fraser. Credit: Getty Images Sport)

How the rebellious Australian swimmer shattered records in the 1950s and 60s

Denmark's Shock Win At The European Championship2016061320160614 (WS)
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In 1992, the Danish football team were called back from their beach holidays and invited to play in the European Championship when Yugoslavia began to collapse into civil war. Despite their failure to qualify properly for the tournament, Denmark beat Holland and then Germany to clinch a surprise victory. Will Yates talk to midfielder, John Jensen, who scored one of the Danish goals in the final. The programme is a Whistledown Production.

(Photo: The Danish team celebrate. Credit: Getty Images)

How the Danish football team won the Euro 1992 tournament despite failing to qualify

Doping In East Germany2015111420151117 (WS)

Two former athletes describe the human cost of the Communist nation's drugs programme.

In the 1970s and 80s, Communist East Germany dominated athletics -- thanks to the most sophisticated doping programme in the history of sport. The programme had a lasting physical and psychological impact on many East German competitors. Two of them, sprinter Ines Geipel and shot-putter Andreas Krieger, talk to Mike Costello for Sporting Witness. This material was originally broadcast on BBC Radio 5 Live.

(Photo: Heidi Krieger, later Andreas Krieger. Credit: Ulstein Bild/Getty Images)

Dorando Pietri - Hero Of The 1908 London Olympics2016013020160202 (WS)

The dramatic marathon that turned an Italian sweet-maker from Capri into a celebrity

In 1908, hundreds of thousands of Londoners crowded the streets to watch the dramatic events of the Olympic marathon. Dorando Pietri, an Italian sweet-maker from Capri, was first into White City Stadium but he collapsed and had to be helped to the line. He was consequently disqualified and Johnny Hayes of the USA was declared the winner.

However, with their love of a gallant loser, the disqualification made Pietri a celebrity for British people and he was greeted with cheers wherever he went. Simon Watts tells his story through newspaper reports from the time.

Picture: Dorando Pietri crosses the line, Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

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

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

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The journey of female marathoner Agueda Amaral from refugee to the Sydney Olympics.

In 2000, four athletes from war-torn East Timor were invited to compete at the Sydney Olympics. One of them was marathon runner, Agueda Amaral, who went from refugee to Olympic finisher in the space of a year. She tells her story to Rebecca Henschke of the BBC Indonesian Service.

PHOTO: Agueda Amaral at the Olympic finish line (Getty Images).

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The legendary Czechoslovak runner who won three golds at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics.

In 1952, the Czechoslovak army officer, Emil Zatopek, won three distance-running gold medals at the Helsinki Olympics. As well as achieving a unique feat in athletics, Zatopek charmed the world at the height of the Cold War with his blend of fun, generosity and ability to speak eight languages. Simon Watts introduces archive recordings of Emil Zatopek and talks to Richard Askwith, author of "Today we die a little: The rise and fall of Emil Zatopek".

PHOTO: Emil Zatopek leading the Olympic 5,000 metres in 1952 (AFP/Getty Images)

England At Croke Park2016022720160301 (WS)

The historic rugby match between Ireland and England in Dublin in 2007.

In 2007, England's rugby team played Ireland at Croke Park in Dublin for the first time. Croke Park was the scene of a massacre by British troops in 1920 during the Irish Revolution and is regarded by nationalists as the home of traditional Irish sports. After a tense build-up, the game ended with an emphatic Irish win. Robert Nicholson talks to Ireland winger Shane Horgan and England back Matthew Tait. The programme is a Whistledown Production.

PHOTO: England and Ireland line up for the national anthems (Getty Images)

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The story of the Scottish runner immortalised in the film Chariots of Fire.

The Scottish sprinter Eric Liddell, is famous for refusing to run on a Sunday in the Paris Olympics of 1924. But, as depicted in the film Chariots of Fire, he went on to win Gold in a different event - the 400 metres. After the Olympics, Eric Liddell became a Christian missionary in China, where he died in an internment camp during World War Two.

Simon Watts tells the extraordinary story of Eric Liddell's life using archive material and an interview with Steve Metcalf, a survivor from the camp. The programme was first broadcast in 2011.

(Photo: Eric Liddell. Credit: Getty Images)

Esther Vergeer2016122620161227 (WS)

The inspiring Dutch wheelchair tennis player who went undefeated for more than a decade.

At the 2012 Paralympic Games, the Dutch wheelchair tennis player, Esther Vergeer, took two gold medals and completed one of the longest winning streaks in sport. By remaining undefeated for more than a decade, Vergeer became a hero in the Netherlands and earned the admiration of all tennis players. She talks to Ashley Byrne. The programme is a Made-In-Manchester Production.

PHOTO: Esther Vergeer at the 2012 London Paralympics (Getty Images)

Evel Knievel In Las Vegas2015121920151222 (WS)

In 1967, the American motorcycle stuntman made his name with a spectacular - if unsuccessful - attempt to jump over the fountains of Caesar's Palace casino. Ashley Byrne talks to Evel Knievel's family about the man behind the legend. The programme is a Made-In-Manchester Production.

PHOTO: Evel Knievel in mid-leap (Getty Images)

How the legendary motorcycle stuntman made his name with a jump outside a casino in 1967.

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.

Farewell To East German Football2015121220151215 (WS)

In 1990, the East German football team played their last ever match - just a few weeks before the country was officially dissolved. Only 14 players bothered turning up for the friendly against Belgium, but those that did were determined to go out on a high note. Tim Mansel talks to the former East German striker, Uwe Rosler.

PHOTO: The East German team at the 1974 World Cup (AP)

How the East German team won their last ever match - just before the country disappeared.

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.

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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

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In 2005, the Ivorian national football team - led by Chelsea superstar, Didier Drogba - began campaigning for an end to their country's devastating civil war. The side insisted on playing their matches across Ivory Coast - including an emotional game in the rebel capital of Bouaké. Robert Nicholson talks to Ivory Coast midfielder, Gilles Yapi-Yapo. The programme is a Whistledown Production.

PHOTO: Ivory Coast striker, Didier Drogba, is escorted from the pitch. (Getty Images)

How Didier Drogba and the Ivorian football team campaigned for an end to civil war.

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.

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The American sprinter who recovered from serious illness to win the Olympic 100 metres.

In 1992, the American sprinter Gail Devers was the surprise winner of the 100 metres at the Barcelona Olympic Games. Devers had only just recovered from a rare disease which nearly led to her feet being amputated. Simon Watts reports.

(Photo: Gail Devers (AllSport/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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How the Scottish manager caused uproar at an Istanbul derby match in 1996.

In April 1996, the manager of Galatasaray and former Liverpool star, Graeme Souness, went down in Turkish football history. After winning the Turkish Cup final, Souness celebrated by planting a Galatasaray flag in the middle of arch-rival Fenerbahce’s pitch. The Scottish manager almost sparked a riot, but won the hearts of Galatasaray supporters. Graeme Souness speaks to Cagil Kasapoglu.

Photo: Graeme Souness planting the Galatasaray flag in 1996 (Turkish television)

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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

How Baseball Helped Bridge The Us-cuba Divide2016031920160322 (WS)

In March 1999 the Baltimore Orioles became the first US Major League team to play in Cuba for more than 40 years. Fans in Cuba eagerly awaited the fixture, and the game was played in a carnival atmosphere, with Fidel Castro looking on from the crowds. It was hailed as a success of sporting diplomacy.

Cuban baseball star Enrique Diaz was in the national team that day. He tells Witness about the highlight of his sporting career.

(Photo: Cuban and American flags. Credit: Getty Images)

Hugo Porta - Superstar Of Argentine Rugby2015101120151012 (WS)
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The legendary fly-half who led the Pumas to their first international victories

The Argentine fly-half, Hugo Porta, is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. He almost single-handedly improved the standard of rugby in Argentina and led the Pumas to their first major international victories in the 1980s. Porta is to Argentine rugby what Maradona is to football. Simon Watts reports.

(Photo: Hugo Porta in action. Credit: Getty Images).

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In 1972, war veteran Murlikant Petkar won India's first Paralympic gold medal

In 1972, war veteran Murlikant Petkar won India's first ever Paralympic gold medal at the Heidelberg Games. Petkar had been shot and paralysed seven years earlier in a battle during the war with Pakistan, but then took up sprint swimming. He talks to Adrian Moorhead. The programme is a Sparklab Production for BBC World Service.

(Photo: Murlikant Petkar with his medals)

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)

Iran's Triple Jumper Turned Pop Legend2015090620150907 (WS)
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How Faramarz Assef switched from international athletics to music stardom.

Faramarz Assef is one of Iran's most famous pop singers. But most of his fans don't know that he used to be an international athlete, who won Iran's first medal in the triple jump in 1974, when the Asian Games were held in Tehran. He discusses his two careers with Golnoosh Golshani.

(Photo: Faramarz Assef leaping for Iran in the 1970s. Private Collection)

Jahangir Khan - King Of Squash2015110720151110 (WS)

The legendary Pakistani player who went undefeated for five years in the 1980s

In the 1980s, the Pakistani squash player, Jahangir Khan, became a legend in his sport by going undefeated for five years. But, as Shumaila Jaffery discovers, to become unbeatable, Khan had to overcome childhood illness and family tragedy.

(Photo: Jahingar Khan in action. Credit: Steve Line/SquashPics)

Janet Guthrie - First Woman At The Indy 5002017041820170419 (WS)

In 1977, Janet Guthrie became the first woman to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 - the biggest race in American motorsport. Guthrie, a former aerospace engineer, had faced opposition and scepticism from male drivers and some sections of the press. She talks to Rachael Gillman.

PHOTO: Janet Guthrie after qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 in 1977 (Getty Images)

How the pioneering racing driver broke the gender barrier at America's top motor race

Jason Mccartney - Bali Bomb Survivor20161031
Jason Mccartney - Bali Bomb Survivor2016103120161101 (WS)

In 2002, Aussie rules footballer, Jason McCartney, was seriously injured in the terrorist attacks in the Indonesian island of Bali. Despite suffering 50% burns, McCartney regained his fitness and made an emotional return to top-level football. His story helped lift Australia's spirits after the worst terrorist attack in its history. He talks to Simon Watts.

(Photo: Jason McCartney after his comeback game for North Melbourne. Credit: Getty Images Sport)

Jesse Owens At The Berlin Olympics2015081620150817 (WS)
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The black American sprinter made history at the 1936 Berlin Olympics hosted in Nazi Germany where he won four gold medals. By winning gold for the 100m - in a time of 10.3 seconds, and for the long jump, the 200m and the 4x100m relay he made a mockery of the Nazi ideology of Aryan supremacy. Using the BBC Archive, we look back at his remarkable career.

With contributions from his wife Ruth Owens, team mate Marty Glickman and Yogi Mayer, a German decathlete who had been excluded from the competition for being Jewish, but had managed to get tickets to see Jesse Owens.

Presented by Alex Last.

This programme first broadcast in August 2015.

Picture: The sprinter and athlete, Jesse Owens. Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The American athlete won four gold medals at the 1936 games hosted by Nazi Germany

John Surtees - Motorsport Legend2017031320170314 (WS)

The only person to win world championships on motorbikes and in racing cars.

The death has been announced of John Surtees, the British driver who, in 1964, became the first - and only - person to win World Championships in both Formula One and Grand Prix motorcycle-racing. The unique double made John Surtees one of the most famous names in the sport - but his career was overshadowed by the death of his son in a motor-racing accident. In 2014, John Surtees spoke to David Prest for Sporting Witness. The programme is a Whistledown Production.

Jonah Lomu2015112120151124 (WS)

The New Zealander Jonah Lomu was the first superstar of international rugby. A virtually unstoppable combination of strength and speed, he burst on the scene in 1995 with a four-try demolition of England at the Rugby World Cup. But although he seemed invincible, Lomu was already sick with the kidney disease that led to his early death at the age of 40. The BBC's Rob Bonnet spoke to Lomu in 2004.

(Photo: Jonah Lomu steams past the England defence in 1995. Credit: Getty Images)

Josia Thugwane - South African Marathon Hero2016022020160223 (WS)

The story of the first black South African to win an Olympic gold in athletics in 1996

In 1996, Josia Thugwane won the closest marathon in Olympic history and became the first black South African to take a gold medal in athletics. Thugwane's victory was cheered by millions - including the sports-mad president, Nelson Mandela - but his story has now been largely forgotten in South Africa. He talks to Lisa Needham. The programme is a Sparklab Production for BBC World Service.

(Photo: Josia Thugwane after winning the 1996 Olympic Marathon. Credit: Getty Images)

Jutta Kleinschmidt - Woman Winner Of The Paris-dakar Rally2017012320170124 (WS)

The first and only woman to win one of the biggest events in motorsport.

In January 2001, the German driver, Jutta Kleinschmidt, became the first - and only - woman to win the Paris-Dakar rally, one of the biggest events in motorsport. She talks to Simon Watts.

PHOTO: Jutta Kleinschmidt celebrating her victory in 2001 (Getty Images)

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
Kenya's First Winter Olympian2014012520140126 (WS)

How cross-country skiing united a Kenyan farmer and a Norwegian 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 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 Paralympic Record-breaker2016091920160920 (WS)
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In 1995, promising Kenyan runner Henry Wanyoike suffered a stroke and lost his sight. After initially feeling depressed, Henry learnt how to run tethered to a guide and went on to a set a series of long-distance running records for the blind – many of which stand to this day. Henry Wanyoike talks to Alex Last.

(Photo: Henry Wanyoike, with his guide, on the way to setting a marathon world record in 2005. Credit: Getty Images)

How blind runner, Henry Wanyoike, set world records that stand to this day

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.

Kip Keino20111226

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

Kirsty Coventry - Zimbabwe's Golden Girl20170325

Kirsty Coventry - Zimbabwe's Golden Girl20170325

In 2004, the Zimbabwean swimmer, Kirsty Coventry, won the first of two Olympic gold medals at the Athens games. By the end of her career, she would become the most decorated Olympian in African history and a hero in Zimbabwe, where President Robert Mugabe hailed her as a "Golden Girl". Kirsty Coventry talks to Nija Dalal-Small. The programme is a Sparklab Production.

PHOTO: Kirsty Coventry in action at the Olympics (Getty Images)

Kirsty Coventry - Zimbabwe's Golden Girl2017032520170328 (WS)

The Zimbabwean swimmer who became Africa's most decorated Olympian.

Kirsty Coventry - Zimbabwe's Golden Girl2017032520170329 (WS)

The Zimbabwean swimmer who became Africa's most decorated Olympian.

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
Lady Swimmers Of The 1920s20160926

Lamine Gueye - Senegalese Skier20170109
Lamine Gueye - Senegalese Skier2017010920170110 (WS)

The story of the first black African to compete at the Winter Olympics.

In 1984, Lamine Gueye of Senegal became the first black African skier to take part in the Winter Olympics. The grandson of a prominent Senegalese politician, Gueye founded his country's ski federation and for a long time was the only member. He talks to Tayo Popoola. The programme is a Whistledown Production.

PHOTO: Lamine Gueye in action (Getty Images)

Lionel Rose - Aboriginal Boxing Hero20170225

Lionel Rose - Aboriginal Boxing Hero2017022520170228 (WS)

The aboriginal fighter who became world bantamweight boxing champion in 1968.

In February 1968, the aboriginal fighter Lionel Rose was cheered by Australians of all races when he won the world bantamweight boxing title. Ashley Byrne talks to Rose's rival and later friend, Noel Kunde. The programme is a Made-In-Manchester Production.

PHOTO: Lionel Rose celebrating his world championship victory in 1968 (Getty Images)

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.

Love At The Cold War Olympics2016121920161220 (WS)

The Czech discus thrower punished for falling in love with an American at the 1956 games.

At the 1956 Olympics, the Czechoslovak discus thrower, Olga Fikotova, caused a scandal by falling in love with an American hammer thrower called Harold Connolly. Despite winning her country's only gold medal, Olga was treated as a potential traitor by the communist government and her achievements were ignored. A few months later, Harold Connolly visited Prague to marry Olga and take her back to America with him. Olga Fikotova tells her story to Claire Bowes.

PHOTO: Harold Connolly and Olga Fikotova on their honeymoon in 1957 (Associated Press)

Lucho Herrera - Colombian Tour de France Hero20170318

Lucho Herrera - Colombian Tour De France Hero2017031820170321 (WS)

In 1984, Lucho Herrera, a former gardener from the Colombian mountains, stunned the world of cycling by storming to victory on the most famous climb in the sport, the Alpe d'Huez. It was the beginning of a golden age for Colombian cyclists. Simon Watts talks to Lucho Herrera, and Colombian cycling fan, Matt Rendell, author of Kings of the Mountains.

PHOTO: Lucho Herrera on an Alpine stage in the 1980s (Rex).

How a former gardener from the Colombian mountains won cycling's most famous climb.

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

Meeting Mr Pilates20161010

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.

Mike Tyson20161121
Mike Tyson2016112120161122 (WS)

In November 1986, aged just 20, Mike Tyson became the youngest heavyweight boxing champion of all time. Tyson came from a troubled upbringing in New York and only found a direction in life when he met the legendary trainer, Cus D'Amato. But, after D'Amato's death, Tyson's career was marred by a rape conviction and an ongoing battle with drink and drugs. He talks to the BBC Boxing Correspondent, Mike Costello.

PHOTO: Mike Tyson on the way to his first world heavyweight title (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

Mo Johnston - Scotland's Signing Of The Century2015080920150811 (WS)

In the summer of 1989, the Catholic striker, Mo Johnston, shocked Scotland by crossing the sectarian divide in Glasgow and signing for the traditionally Protestant club, Rangers. His agent, Bill McMurdo, gives Sporting Witness an inside account of the deal.

(Photo: Mo Johnston with his Rangers teammates. Credit: 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.

Nadia Comaneci2016080820160809 (WS)
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The Romanian gymnast who scored the first "Perfect 10" at the Olympics in 1976.

In 1976, the 14-year old Romanian gymnast, Nadia Comaneci, achieved the first "Perfect 10" at the Olympic Games. Nadia scored six more 10s in Montreal and became an international celebrity. In 2011, she spoke to Madeleine Morris.

PHOTO: Nadia Comaneci at the 1976 Olympics (Getty Images)

Nancy Kerrigan Attack2017022020170221 (WS)

In January 1994, the US ice-skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed in the knee shortly after a training session, putting her Olympic hopes in jeopardy. To the shock of America, the plot was traced back to the entourage of one of Nancy Kerrigan's rivals, Tonya Harding. In 2012, Kerrigan's coach, Mary Scotvold, gave her first interview about the attack to Sporting Witness. The programme is a Whistledown Production.

PHOTO: Tonya Harding (left) and Nancy Kerrigan (right) during practice at the 1994 Winter Olympics (Getty Images)

How an attack on the golden girl of ice-skating horrified America in 1994.

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 Toit2012050520120507
Natalie Du Toit20120506

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

Natalie Du Toit20120507
New Orleans Saints Win The Superbowl2015083020150831 (WS)
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In 2010, the New Orleans Saints swept to victory in the Superbowl - the biggest prize in American sport. The win came just five years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city and severely damaged the Saints' own stadium, the Superdome. Former Saints player, Jermon Bushrod, recalls how the Superbowl run helped lift the spirits of New Orleans. The programme is a Whistledown Production.

(Photo: The New Orleans Saints lift the 2010 Superbowl trophy. Credit: Getty Images)

How American Football success cheered up New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina

Nigeria's Supereagles Win Olympic Gold2016080120160802 (WS)
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In 1996, Nigeria became the first African team to take football gold at the Olympic Games

At the 1996 games in Atlanta, Nigeria became the first African team to take football gold at the Olympics. A side featuring many future legends beat Argentina and Brazil on their way to a victory that brought joy to a nation still under military dictatorship. Alex Last talks to Supereagles midfielder Sunday Oliseh.

(Photo: The Nigerian team celebrate. Credit: Getty Images)

Niki Lauda Crashes2016072520160726 (WS)
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The 1976 motor racing crash which went down in Formula One history.

In 1976, the Austrian racing driver, Niki Lauda, crashed into an embankment at the notoriously dangerous Nurburgring circuit in Germany. As flames engulfed his car, Lauda had to be rescued by his fellow drivers, but somehow survived despite being given the last rites in hospital. Ashley Byrne talks to ex-Formula 1 driver, Brett Lunger, who helped pull Lauda from the wreckage. The programme is a Made-In-Manchester Production.

PHOTO: Niki Lauda shortly after his accident (Associated Press).

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).

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

Olga Korbut - The Sparrow From Minsk2016010920160112 (WS)

The Soviet gymnast who charmed the world at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

In 1972, the Soviet gymnast, Olga Korbut, was one of the stars of the Munich Olympics. Just four foot eleven, the "Sparrow from Minsk" charmed the world by breaking down in tears after messing up a routine - but then fought back to take three Gold medals. Olga Korbut talks to Ashley Byrne. The programme is a Made in Manchester Production.

PHOTO: Olga Korbut at the 1972 Olympics (AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan Cricket Bus Attack20170306

Pakistan Cricket Bus Attack2017030620170307 (WS)

In March 2009, heavily-armed gunmen attacked buses carrying the touring Sri Lankan Cricket team and match officials to a game in the Pakistani city of Lahore. Rebecca Kesby speaks to Ahsan Raza, a Pakistani Umpire who was badly injured in the attack, and Chris Broad, the British referee credited with saving his life.

PHOTO: Pakistani police patrolling the cricket stadium in Lahore following the 2009 attack (Getty Images)

In 2009, gunmen attacked a visiting cricket team in Lahore. We hear from two survivors.

Pele Joins Ny Cosmos20141116

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

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.

Pyrros Dimas - Greek Weightlifting Legend2016062020160621 (WS)
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The Greek weightlifter, Pyrros Dimas, is a three-time Olympic champion and national hero nicknamed the 'Lion of Himara'. In 2004, an ageing Pyrros faced his toughest challenge when the Olympic Games came to Athens and he was forced to compete with a knee injury. Despite the pain, Pyrros battled to a bronze medal, sparking delirious scenes in the weightlifting arena. Pyrros Dimas talks to Adrian Moorhead. The programme is a Sparklab Production.

(Photo: Pyrros Dimas. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

How the 'Lion of Himara' became a Greek hero by battling injury at the Athens Olympics

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.

Red Rum20170411

Red Rum20170411

In April 1977, Red Rum entered the history books when he became the first and only horse to win Britain's famous Grand National race three times. Red Rum and his trainer, Ginger McCain, became immensely popular figures in the world of racing and beyond. Simon Watts tells their story through the BBC archives.

PHOTO: Red Rum in the Grand National winner's enclosure in 1977 (Getty Images)

Red Rum2017041120170412 (WS)

The racehorse who became a legend in Britain for winning the Grand National three times.

Rifaat Turk: Arab Superstar In Israeli Football2015112820151201 (WS)

In the early 1980s, Rifaat Turk became the first successful Arab player in Israeli football. The son of a Jaffa fisherman, Turk defied frequent racist abuse during a stellar career with Hapoel Tel Aviv and the Israeli national team. He talks to Robert Nicholson. The programme is a Whistledown Production.

(Photo: Rifaat Turk showing off his skills. Credit: Associated Press)

How a Jaffa fisherman's son broke down barriers by making Israel's national team

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.

Rugby Under Ceausescu2015092020150921 (WS)
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In the 1980s, rugby enjoyed a golden era in Romania thanks to the support of the notorious Communist dictator, Nicolae Ceaușescu. A team consisting mainly of army and police officers enjoyed a string of famous victories until the overthrow of the regime in 1989 put their lives in danger. Robert Nicholson speaks to former Romanian international, Haralambie Dumitras. The programme is a Whistledown Production.

(Photo: The Romanian rugby team, in yellow, in action in the 1980s. Credit: Getty Images)

How rugby flourished in Romania in the 1980s under the notorious Communist dictatorship

Rwanda At The Paralympics2016090520160906 (WS)
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In 2012, the Rwandan sitting volleyball team became the first Paralympians from their country. The sport began in Rwanda after thousands of people were mutilated during the genocide of 1994, and there were emotional scenes in London when the Rwandan side eventually won a match. Bob Nicholson talks to Rwanda’s captain, Emile Vuningabo, and the side’s Dutch coach, Peter Karreman. The programme is a Whistledown Production.

PHOTO: The Rwandan team blocking a shot at London 2012 (Getty Images)

In 2012, Rwanda's sitting volleyball team became their country's first Paralympians.

Ryder Cup - The War By The Shore2014092720140928 (WS)

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)

Shaul Ladany - The Great Survivor2016041620160419 (WS)
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The Israeli race-walker who survived the Holocaust and the Munich Olympics shootings

Shaul Ladany is a long-distance Israeli race-walker who set world records that stand to this day. But, even more remarkably, he survived a childhood in the Belsen concentration camp and then the terrorist attack on the Israeli team at the Munich Olympics in 1972.

Shaul Ladany talks to Will Yates.

Picture: Shaul Ladany in action at the 1972 Olympics (from his personal archive)

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
Shun Fujimoto - Japan's Injured Olympic Hero2016062720160628 (WS)
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The Japanese gymnast who won gold in 1976 despite competing with a broken knee

At the 1976 Olympics, the Japanese gymnast Shun Fujimoto horrified the world by continuing to compete in the team event despite breaking his knee during the floor exercise. Determined not to let down his team-mates, Fujimoto braved almost unbearable pain to achieve good scores on the pommel horse and rings, and help Japan to gold. Shun Fujimoto relives his agony with Ashley Byrne. The programme is a Made-In-Manchester Production.

(Photo: The injured Shun Fujimoto showing off his gold medal. Credit: Associated Press)

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.

Stirling Moss Wins The Mille Miglia Motor Race2016032620160329 (WS)
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In 1955, the British driver Sir Stirling Moss, faced one of the biggest challenges of his career. He headed to Italy to race in the famous - and extremely dangerous - thousand mile race around the country known as the Mille Miglia. Sir Stirling's victory was one of the proudest moments of his career. In 2012, he discussed the race with David Prest. The programme is a Whistledown Production for BBC World Service.

(Photo: Sir Stirling Moss, right, and his navigator, Denis Jenkinson, left, celebrate their win covered in dirt. Credit: Getty Images)

How the British driver Stirling Moss won one of the most epic races of all time in 1955

Tanya Streeter Record Free Diver2015101820151019 (WS)
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In 2002, free diver Tanya Streeter attempted to set a No Limits world record by diving down to 160m and resurfacing, all on a single breath. She would have to survive the pressures of the deep and hold her breath for 3 and a half minutes. It almost went wrong. Hear Tanya's account of the dive.

(Photo: Tanya Streeter holds onto the sled as she decends in her attempt to break the "No Limits" world record, AP Photo/Dan Burton)

In 2002, free diver Tanya Streeter attempted to reach a record depth of 160m

Terry Fox And The Marathon Of Hope2016042520160426 (WS)
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The cancer patient who inspired Canada with an attempt to run across the country in 1980

In April 1980, the young amputee Terry Fox began an attempt to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research and awareness. The "Marathon of Hope" covered 1000s of kilometres and captured the public imagination before Terry had to stop in tragic circumstances. Adrian Moorhead talks to Terry Fox's brother and a key member of the support team. The programme is a Sparklab Production.

(Photo: A memorial to Terry Fox in Canada. Credit: AP)

Texas Western - Black Basketball Pioneers2016121220161213 (WS)

In 1966, an all-black team went head-to-head with an all-white team for the National College Basketball championship - one of the biggest prizes in American sport. To the surprise of every pundit, the African-Americans of Texas Western College defeated the University of Kentucky, then the number one team in the country. The game is now regarded as breaking down the colour barrier in US basketball. Nija Dalal-Small talks to Nevil Shed of Texas Western. The programme is a Sparklab Production for BBC World Service.

PHOTO: Texas Western celebrate their victory in 1966 (Getty Images)

How an all-black college team broke down the colour barrier in American basketball.

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 1976 Us Olympic Boxing Team2016053020160531 (WS)
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The American boxers acclaimed for one of the best team performances in Olympic history.

In 1976, a young and inexperienced American boxing team won five gold medals at the Montreal Olympics, defeating many of their Cuban and Soviet rivals on the way. Now acclaimed as one of the best teams of all time, the US boxers included future world champions such as Sugar Ray Leonard. Ashley Byrne talks to the youngest member of the squad - gold medallist Leo Randolph. The programme is a Made-In-Manchester Production.

(Photo: Leo Randolph in action at the 1976 Olympics. Credit: AP)

The All Blacks Learn To Win2015103120151103 (WS)

The New Zealand rugby team are regarded as the best in the world, but they went 24 years without winning the World Cup and developed a reputation for "choking" in big matches, particularly against France. But in 2011, the All Blacks laid their demons to rest with a victory over the French in front of an anxious home crowd. Robert Nicholson talks to former All Black, Ali Williams.

PHOTO: The All Blacks doing a victory Haka with the 2011 World Cup (Getty Images).

How the New Zealand rugby team beat France and stopped "choking" in the World Cup in 2011

The 'black 14' Protest Rocks American Football20161003
The 'black 14' Protest Rocks American Football2016100320161004 (WS)
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How black players at Wyoming University sparked a national debate over racism in 1969

In 1969, the African-American players on the successful University of Wyoming football team were sacked for trying to stage a protest against racism at a rival university. Their dismissals attracted national coverage and ended up in federal court. The incident ruined many of the players' careers and spelled the end of Wyoming's period of sporting success. Robert Nicholson talks to Jay Berry, one of the Black 14.

(Photo: A rally in support of the Black 14 in 1969. Credit: AP)

The 'black 14' Protest Rocks American Football2016100320161004 (WS)

How black players at Wyoming University sparked a national debate over racism in 1969

The Black Power Salute20161017

The Boksburg Bomber2015092720150928 (WS)
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In September 1983, Gerrie Coetzee, nicknamed the Boksburg Bomber, thrilled apartheid South Africa by becoming the country's first world boxing champion. Although an Afrikaner, the mild-mannered Coetzee was popular among all races, and millions stayed up to watch his bout against Michael Dokes of the USA. SABC commentator, Heinrich Marnitz talks to Ashley Byrne. The programme is a Made in Manchester production.

Photo: Gerrie Coetzee (Right) in action. Credit: AP)

How Gerrie Coetzee thrilled South Africa by becoming world boxing champion in 1983.

The Boycott Games20140726
The Boycott Games2014072620140727 (WS)

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

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 Golden Girls Of Zimbabwe2016050920160510 (WS)
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In 1980, the newly independent nation of Zimbabwe was invited to enter a women's hockey team at the Olympic Games in Moscow. Despite their unfamiliarity with the pitches - and each other - the players won an unexpected gold medal and were nicknamed the Golden Girls. Claire Bowes talks to Liz Chase, one of the Zimbabwean team.

PHOTO: The Zimbabwean team arrive home to an ecstatic reception (AP).

How the women's hockey team won the first Olympic gold for their country in 1980.

The Greatest Long Jump Battle In History2015122620151229 (WS)

In 1991, two Americans both beat the iconic long jump record at the World Championships.

In 1991, Mike Powell and Carl Lewis took on Bob Beamon's iconic Long Jump world record at the World Championships in Tokyo. In an epic battle, both men went further than Beamon, with Mike Powell eventually setting a record that stands to this day. He talks to Adrian Moorhead for Sporting Witness. The programme is a Sparklab Production and was first broadcast in June 2015.

PHOTO: Mike Powell breaking the record. Credit: Getty Images.

The Ice Bowl2016010220160105 (WS)

The epic NFL game which made the reputation of Green Bay Packers' coach Vince Lombardi.

On New Year's Eve 1967, the Green Bay Packers played the Dallas Cowboys in one of the most famous games in American Football history. Played in Arctic temperatures, the match sealed the reputation of the Packers' coach, Vince Lombardi. Jonathan Fenton-Fischer talks to Packers' lineman, Jerry Kramer, and NFL commentator, Mike Carlson. The programme was first broadcast in 2015.

PHOTO: Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr (Getty Images)

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 Magyars2014071220140713 (WS)

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).

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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.

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In May 1949, a plane crash killed one of the greatest teams in Italian football history.

In May 1949, a plane carrying the Torino football team crashed into a mountain near Turin killing 31 people. At the time, "Il Grande Torino" were the dominant team in Italy and Europe, but the club never really recovered from an accident that killed almost the entire squad. Nick Marsh meets Carla Maroso,the widow of one of the Torino players, and life-long Torino fan Gianpaolo Oremezzano.

PHOTO: A commemorative postcard for the Torino players (AP)

The Toughest Dog-sled Race In The World2016011620160119 (WS)

The Iditarod dog-sled race runs through 1,000 miles of Arctic wildnerness in Alaska and is regarded as one of the toughest sporting events in the world. In the winter of 1985, Libby Riddles drew international attention to the Iditarod by becoming the first woman to win. She talks to Robert Nicholson. The programme is a Whistledown Production.

(Photo: Libby Riddles in 1985. Credit: Associated Press)

The first woman to win the Iditarod race through 1000 miles of wilderness in Alaska

The Toughest Dog-sled Race In The World20170102

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

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In 1991, Willy T Ribbs became the first African-American driver to take part in the Indianapolis 500 - the biggest motor sport event in the USA. He talks to Jo Parsons about his long battle for sponsorship and the inspiration of Muhammad Ali.

(Photo: Willy T Ribbs. Credit: Associated Press)

In 1991, an African-American driver raced the Indianapolis 500 for the first time

Women In The Locker Room2016020620160209 (WS)

In 1978, US female sports journalists won a major victory in their fight to do their jobs in the same way as men. US sports had a tradition of allowing reporters to do interviews in the dressing-room after big games. Women were not allowed in until baseball reporter Melissa Ludtke's case went to court. Ludtke and pioneering American Football journalist Lesley Visser talk to Nija Dalal-Small. The programme is a Sparklab Production.

(Photo: Melissa Ludtke in the 1970s. Credit: Associated Press)

In 1978, US female sports journalists won a major victory in their fight for equality

Women's Boxing2016030520160308 (WS)

The story of Gail Grandchamp, who campaigned for the right of women to box in the USA.

In the 1980s, the American boxer, Gail Grandchamp, launched a long campaign for the right to take part in amateur competitions in the USA. Representing herself and raising money through part-time jobs, Gail was eventually successful in 1992 - blaising a trail for women boxers the world over. She talks to Rebecca Kesby.

PHOTO CREDIT: Gail Grandchamp in 2007 (The Berkshire Eagle)

Women's Marathon Agony2016071120160712 (WS)
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In 1984, the women's marathon was held in the Olympic Games for the first time. But to the horror of the crowd in Los Angeles, one of the runners, Gabriela Andersen-Scheiss of Switzerland, entered the stadium in a state of virtual collapse from heat exhaustion and took minutes to stumble round her final lap of the track. Andersen-Scheiss tells Ashley Byrne about her ordeal. The programme is a Made-In-Manchester Production.

PHOTO: Gabriela Andersen-Scheiss in agony (Getty Images)

In 1984, Gabriela Andersen-Scheiss completed the Olympic marathon in terrible pain.

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

Women's Rugby Pioneers20161126
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How the English women's rugby team fought for official recognition in the 1990s.

In 1996, England won the inaugural Home Nations championship in women's rugby. It was a major victory in the English players' fight for official recognition for their sport. Robert Nicholson talks to Gill Burns and Nicky Ponsford about how the women's game overcame entrenched sexism and official indifference. The programme is a Whistledown Production.

PHOTO: The England women's team in action in the 1990s (Getty Images)

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In May 1990, a riot broke out at a football match between Red Star Belgrade and Dinamo Zagreb. The violence between rival Serbian and Croatian fans highlighted nationalist tensions in Yugoslavia which would explode into war a year later. Rebecca Kesby talks to sports journalist, Tomislav Zhidak, who was at the game.

PHOTO: The Dinamo Zagreb player, Zvonimir Boban, fights a police officer (AP)

How violence at a Red Star Belgrade vs Dinamo Zagreb game heralded the war in Yugoslavia.