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In 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.

In 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.
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In 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.

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Episodes

The Bosman Ruling Revolutionises Football

12/9/2017
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In December 1995, the journeyman Belgian midfielder, Jean-Marc Bosman won a European court ruling that transformed his sport. The European Court of Justice declared that players had the right to negotiate transfers when their contracts expired, and ended limits on the number of European footballers per club. The ruling created the modern transfer market and fuelled the power of players – but ruined the career of Bosman himself. He talks to Ashley Byrne. PHOTO: Jean-Marc Bosman with his...

Duration: 00:08:54


Lopez Lomong - From "Lost Boy" To The Olympics

12/2/2017
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In 2008, former refugee Lopez Lomong carried the flag for the USA at the Beijing Olympics, before competing in the 1500 metres. As a child, Lomong fled from a prison for child soldiers in South Sudan, eventually reaching a refugee camp in Kenya where he was one of the thousands of so-called “Lost Boys”. Lomong was later adopted by an American family, who encouraged his dream to reach the Olympic Games. He talks to Simon Watts. PHOTO: Lopez Lomong in 2008 (Getty Images)

Duration: 00:08:56


Jana Novotna - Wimbledon Heroine

11/25/2017
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The world of tennis is mourning the death of the popular Czech player, Jana Novotna, at the age of 49. In 1993, Novotna threw away a huge lead in the women's final at Wimbledon but captured the hearts of tennis fans by breaking down in tears on the shoulder of the Duchess of Kent, the tournament's patron. Five years later, Novotna was back on Centre Court, and this time she won. In 2015, she told her story to Kirsty McQuire. PHOTO: The Duchess of Kent consoles Jana Novotna after her 1993...

Duration: 00:09:07


Pam Reed - Winning Ultramarathons In Death Valley

11/18/2017
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In 2002, a middle-aged mother made history by winning one of the toughest races in the world outright. Pam Reed beat all the elite men competing in the 135-mile Badwater marathon through the desert of Death Valley, California. After her victory was seen by some as a fluke, she responded by defeating all the male runners again the following year. Pam Reed talks to Lissa Cook. PHOTO: Pam Reed after her victory at the Badwater marathon (Getty Images)

Duration: 00:08:56


The First Ultimate Fighting Championship

11/11/2017
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In November 1993, eight fighters from a range of martial arts disciplines took part in the first ever “Ultimate Fighting Championship” in Denver, Colorado. The controversial and often bloody event was a huge success and marked the beginning of one of the world’s fastest growing sports. Ashley Byrne talks to the promoter, Art Davie. PHOTO: Action fro the first Ultimate Fighting Championship in 1993 (Getty Images Sport)

Duration: 00:08:53


Kelly Kulick - Ten Pin Bowler

11/4/2017
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Kelly Kulick broke into the men's game in 2006 - she was the first woman to compete on an equal footing with men in the Professional Bowling Association tour. She has been speaking to Adrian Moorhead about her career in bowling. Photo: Kelly Kulick in action at the Pan American Games in 2011. Credit: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images Sport.

Duration: 00:09:02


The Climbing Pioneer Who Conquered El Capitan

10/28/2017
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Lynn Hill was the first person to free-climb 'The Nose', the most challenging route up El Capitan, a 3000 foot granite wall in America's Yosemite National Park. Since her ascent in 1993 only a handful of others have followed in her footsteps. With a career spanning decades, she tells Sporting Witness how in the early days she was told that women wouldn't be able to accomplish the toughest climbs. Photo: Free mountain rock climber Lynn Hill clings to the rockface during a climb on 1 June...

Duration: 00:09:29


Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost: Formula One's Greatest Rivalry

10/21/2017
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In October 1989, the bitter feud between Brazilian Ayrton Senna and Frenchman Alain Prost boiled over onto the track when the two drivers collided in a now infamous edition of the Japanese Grand Prix. The two men were supposed to be team-mates but their barely concealed mutual loathing gripped motor-racing audiences and led to controversy on and off the circuits. Ashley Byrne talks to Italian F1 driver, Alessandro Nannini. PHOTO: Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in 1989 (Getty Images)

Duration: 00:08:53


The "Battle Of The Sexes" Tennis Match

10/14/2017
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In 1973, Billie-Jean King made tennis history by winning a challenge match against a former Wimbledon champion called Billy Riggs. The "Battle of the Sexes" was watched by a global TV audience of nearly 100 million and is credited with improving the credibility of the women's game. The story has now been turned into a Hollywood movie. Billie-Jean King talks to David Sillito. PHOTO: Billie-Jean King and Billy Riggs leaving the court (Getty Images)

Duration: 00:08:56


Iranian Football's "Mr Hat-Trick"

10/10/2017
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How the Irish-born footballer, Eamon Zayed, became a folk hero in Iran after scoring three goals in the Teheran derby.

Duration: 00:08:52


O.J. Simpson Makes American Football History

10/1/2017
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In 1973, O.J. Simpson made American Football history by becoming the first running back to break the seemingly impossible barrier of rushing for 2000 yards in a single season. The record made Simpson a superstar, although it was later overshadowed by off-field scandal. Simon Watts talks to O.J.'s team-mate at the Buffalo Bills, Reggie Mckenzie. PHOTO: O.J. Simpson in action for the Buffalo Bills in the 1970s (Getty Images).

Duration: 00:08:53


Chioma Ajunwa: Making Olympic History

9/23/2017
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Nigerian athlete Chioma Ajunwa stunned the world at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. Ajunwa returned from a doping ban to compete at the Games as a sprinter. But she was to make history competing in the long jump, for which she had done no training. Alex Last speaks to Chioma Ajunwa about her remarkable comeback. Photo: Chioma Ajunwa at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.(Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Duration: 00:09:20


The Creation of Ironman

9/16/2017
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In 1978, a US naval officer and his wife invented an extreme form of triathlon which is becoming increasingly popular around the world. Called Ironman, John and Judy Collins' creation consists of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile cycle ride and a 26.2 mile running marathon. They talk to Ashley Byrne about how the event was first launched in Hawaii. The programme was first broadcast in 2014. Picture: A recent edition of Ironman in Hawaii, Credit: Getty Images

Duration: 00:08:54


Nawal El Moutawakel - Pioneer of Muslim Women's Athletics

9/9/2017
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In 1984, the Moroccan 400-metre hurdler, Nawal El Moutawakel, became the first Muslim woman to win an athletics gold at the Los Angeles Olympics. She talks to Rob Bonnet. PHOTO: Nawal El Moutawakel crossing the finishing line (Getty Images)

Duration: 00:08:57


"Fast Freddie" Spencer - Motorcycling's Child Prodigy

9/2/2017
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In 1983, American motorcyclist "Fast Freddie" Spencer won the world motorcycling championship aged just 21. Spencer won an epic battle against Kenny Roberts, another legendary US rider. Their rivalry is regarded as one of the fiercest in the history of the sport. Freddie Spencer talks to Simon Watts PHOTO: Freddie Spencer in action (Getty Images)

Duration: 00:09:00


The Olympic Hero Who Rescued His Fellow Sailors

8/26/2017
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At the 1988 Olympics in South Korea, Canadian sailor Lawrence Lemieux was winning his race when he dropped out to rescue two fellow sailors who'd capsized in a storm. It's now regarded as one of the greatest acts of sportsmanship in the history of the Games. Emily Williams talks to Lawrence Lemieux and to Jo Chan, one of the Singaporean sailors he rescued. PHOTO: Racing boats in a storm (Getty Images)

Duration: 00:10:22


Alison Hargreaves

8/19/2017
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In August 1995, the British mountaineer Alison Hargreaves was killed in an accident on K2 in the Himalayas. Lucy Burns tells her story through archive BBC interviews and the memories of her biographer and fellow climber, Ed Douglas. PHOTO: Alison Hargreaves on Everest in 1995 (Press Association)

Duration: 00:09:02


Sergey Bubka - Pole Vault Legend

8/12/2017
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In August 1997, the Ukrainian pole-vaulter, Sergey Bubka, won his sixth consecutive World Championship in Athens. Bubka defied advancing age and a serious achilles tendon injury to claim victory with one massive vault. His performance is now regarded as one of the greatest in track-and-field history. Sergey Bubka talks to Alex Capstick. PHOTO: Sergey Bubka in action (Getty Images)

Duration: 00:08:59


John Daly - The "Wild Thing" of Golf

8/5/2017
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In August 1991, the maverick golfer John Daly became a superstar overnight by winning the US PGA tournament as a rookie. Daly's ferocious hitting and hard-living lifestyle had not been seen in the sport before and earned him a legion of fans. Ashley Byrne talks to two golfers who were on the course with the most controversial player in golf.

Duration: 00:08:53


Pat Tillman - The American Football Hero Killed in Afghanistan

7/29/2017
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In 2002, the American football star Pat Tillman became a national hero when he gave up a lucrative career to join the US army and fight in the war on terror. Tillman was a poster boy for the military, but two years later he was killed in a controversial friendly fire incident in Afghanistan. His friend and fellow American footballer, Jeremy Staat, talks to Dina Newman. PHOTO: Pat Tillman in action (Getty Images)

Duration: 00:08:55

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