Sporting Witness Archive [world Service]


Haile Gebrselassie2012072120120722 (WS)

At the Sydney Olympics in 2000, the Ethiopian distance-runner, Haile Gebrselassie, entered athletics history by successfully defending his 10,000 metre title.

Gebrselassie defeated his greatest rival in one of the narrowest victories ever in the event.

He recalls the race for Sporting Witness.

PHOTO: Getty Images.

Haile Gebrselassie2012072120120722 (WS)

The Ethiopian distance-running legend on his most famous victory.

Haile Gebrselassie2012072120120723 (WS)

The Ethiopian distance-running legend on his most famous victory.

Martina Navratilova2012070720120709 (WS)

In 1978, Martina Navratilova won her first ever Grand Slam championship at Wimbledon.

Navratilova's victory followed her dramatic defection from Czechoslovakia and signalled the start of her domination of women's tennis.

Martina Navratilova talks to Sporting Witness.


The Best Of Sporting Witness2012072120120722 (WS)

Fred Dove presents the highlights from Sporting Witness, the series which reveals the inside story of key moments in sporting history.

It's packed with stories of endurance, personal triumph and injustices, and we hear from Martina Navratilova about the personal cost of her defection, learn how Dick Fosbury came up with his revolutionary way of high-jumping and discover why the French team turned up at the 1948 Olympics in London with a train full of wine.

PHOTO: Hassiba Boulmerka of Algeria, winner of the women's 1500 metres at the 1992 Olympics. (Getty Images)

A compilation of some of the most memorable stories from the series.