Sporting Witness: Tom Simpson07/28/15
The legendary British cyclist who died on Mont Ventoux during the 1967 Tour de France
In 1967, the legendary British cyclist Tom Simpson died during a mountain stage of the Tour de France. His friend and teammate, Vin Denson, remembers that day. PHOTO: Tom Simpson (left) with Vin Denson in 1965 (Cycling Weekly)
Scandal at the Tour de France
In 1998, a doping scandal rocked the most prestigious race in cycling. It centred on the French team, Festina - one of whose riders, Christophe Bassons, resisted huge pressure to take performance-enhancing drugs. Known as 'Cycling's Mr Clean', he...
Sylvia Gore - Women's Football Pioneer
In 1972, the England women's football team played their first ever international match, following a long campaign for official recognition by the Football Association. Sylvia Gore scored the first goal for the side in a game against Scotland. She...
The Greatest Long Jump Competition Ever
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...
US Wrestlers in Iran
In 1998, Iran invited an American wrestling team to a tournament in Tehran as a goodwill gesture.The five Americans were the first to visit the Islamic Republic officially since the two countries had become sworn enemies two decades earlier. Golnoosh...
Renee Richards - Transgender Tennis Star
In the 1970s, the American transgender tennis player, Renee Richards, fought a long campaign for the right to play tournaments as a woman. Despite objections from fellow players and the tennis establishment, she was eventually allowed to play in the...
Le Mans Disaster
In 1955, tragedy struck the prestigious Le Mans 24-hour race in Northern France when a car crashed into the crowd at more than 100 miles-per-hour. The accident killed 83 spectators and the driver, and led to an overhaul of safety rules in...
Bert Trautmann: From Hitler Youth to the FA Cup
In 1956, the Manchester City goalkeeper, Bert Trautmann, became an FA Cup hero by breaking his neck at Wembley but playing on to the end of the final. Trautmann was a former Nazi paratrooper who adopted England as his home country after being taken...
In 2004, the British wheelchair racer, Tanni Grey-Thompson, faced the toughest challenge of her career at the Paralympic Games in Athens. Suffering from a loss of form, the great champion was humiliated in her best event and had to go for glory in the...
In 2000, the great Ethiopian distance runner, Haile Gebrselassie, won the Olympic 10,000 metres by a single second - beating his closest rival in the process. Gebrselassie, who announced his retirement in May 2015, describes the race to Fred Dove. The...
Tito and Yugoslav Football
In May 1980, a match between Yugoslavia's top teams, Hajduk Split of Croatia and Red Star Belgrade of Serbia, was interrupted by the annoucement of the death of the dictator who had ruled the country since World War II. Players and fans from both...
The Petty Family: Kings of Nascar
In May 2000, the rising star of Nascar, Adam Petty, was killed in an accident on the track in New Hampshire. Petty was the fourth generation of one of the most famous dynasties in American motor sport. His father, Kyle Petty, talks to Simon Watts....
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...
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