Sporting Witness: Billy Mills - Native American Hero08/02/15
The runner from an Indian reservation in the USA who won a shock Olympic victory in 1964.
Alberto Juantorena: Cuba's 'White Lightning'
In 1976, the Cuban runner, Alberto Juantorena, pulled off a unique double at the Montreal Olympics - winning both the 400 and 800 metres. The victory made the athlete known as 'White Lightning' a hero on the Communist island. He talks to Will Grant....
Judit Polgar - Chess Prodigy
In 1991, the Hungarian chess prodigy, Judit Polgar, became the youngest Grandmaster ever at the age of 15. She speaks to Robert Nicholson about her unconventional childhood and how her extraordinary career defied expectations for female players....
Yale Women Rowers Protest
In 1976, the Yale women's rowing team stripped naked to demand equal treatment for women's sport. The protest attracted national attention in the USA and helped force universities to make the same funding and facilities available to women athletes as...
Black Golfer at the Masters
In 1975, Lee Elder braved death threats to become the first African-American golfer to play at the prestigious US Masters in Augusta. It was one of the last colour barriers in US sport and made him a hero to many black sportsmen - including Tiger...
Rwanda v Uganda: The Match that Made History
The crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between rivals Rwanda and Uganda. A match that had it all - amazing saves, ‘witchcraft’, a mass brawl and a goal that made history. Rob Walker reports. (Photo: Rwanda's forward Sinzey Sinda fights for the...
India's World Cup Cricket Triumph
In 1983, India beat the mighty West Indies to win the World Cup final at Lord's cricket ground. The unexpected victory put Indian one-day cricket on the map. David Prest talks to Indian bowler, Madan Lal. (Photo: The Indian team celebrate with the...
Barry Sheene Crashes
In 1975, the playboy British motorcyclist Barry Sheene suffered the fastest crash in motorcyling history. Despite broken bones and internal injuries, he was back on his bike within weeks. Ashley Byrne reports. (Photo: Barry Sheene sitting on a...
Socceroos in Vietnam
In 1967, the Australian football team won their first international tournament - on a trip to Saigon at the height of the Vietnam War. The players survived gunfire, crowd trouble and monsoon conditions on their way to an unlikely win. Ashley Byrne...
Boat Race Mutiny
In 1987, a group of Oxford University rowers led a famous rebellion against their coach, Dan Topolski. Despite the dissent, Topolski, who died on February 21st, managed to lead Oxford to an unlikely win. He spoke to Simon Watts before his death....
Beryl Burton - The Yorkshire Dynamo
In 1967, the Yorkshire cyclist, Beryl Burton, set a world record in the 12 hour time trial that stands to this day. It was arguably the greatest in a long list of achievements which also included seven world championships and numerous British records....
In 1975, teenage Californian Jeff Clark became the first person to surf the dangerous Mavericks waves near San Francisco. Nearly two decades later, the waves killed Mark Foo, one of the most famous surfers in the world, and gave the Mavericks a...
The Black Stars of Ghana
In the 1960s, the Ghanaian football team dominated Africa, winning tournament after tournament. Known as the Black Stars, they were an exciting attacking force which President Kwame Nkrumah hoped would help promote African unity. But in 1965, the...
The Ice Bowl
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...
Skating's Battle of the Brians
In 1988, two of the world's top figure-skaters, Brian Boitano of the USA and Brian Orser of Canada, fought out an epic contest at the Winter Olympics. Dubbed the "Battle of the Brians", the showdown was decided by the narrowest of margins and on the...
South Africa win the Africa Cup of Nations
In 1996, South Africa won the Africa Cup of Nations, bringing sporting joy to a country still recovering from apartheid. For the Bafana Bafana team, it was their first - and so far only - victory at an international football tournament. Sporting...
The Harlem Globetrotters in the Soviet Union
In 1959, the Harlem Globetrotters paid an unlikely Cold War visit to the Soviet Union. Their mixture of athleticism and American-style entertainment eventually won over basketball fans in Moscow and earned them hugs from Soviet leader, Nikita...
FA Cup Giantkillers
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...
The Indomitable Lions
In the opening game of the 1990 World Cup, rank outsiders Cameroon faced the reigning champions, Argentina - led by Diego Maradona. Few gave Cameroon a chance. Alex Last speaks to defender N'Dip Akem Victor about a defining game for African football....
In the 1950s, Angela Buxton and Althea Gibson formed a unique partnership in women's doubles. As a British Jew and an African-American respectively, both women had faced prejudice in their home countries, but in 1956 they pulled off a stunning win at...
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More informationIn the run-up to the London 2012 Olympic Games we bring you a new programme telling the inside story of the key moments from sporting history, that seized the world's attention.
Sporting Witness will use archive material and personal recollections from the athletes themselves and those who knew them.
The programme will cover well-known Olympic stories - including some that you may not have heard before - but which have mythical status in their home countries.