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20181220

A story of banquets, diplomacy and football. In 1978, first division side, West Bromwich Albion became the first professional British football club to visit communist China. The visit came as China began to open up to the West after the power struggle which followed the death of Chairman Mao. Alex Last spoke to West Brom legend, Brendon Batson, about his memories of the historic tour.
Photo: The teams head out onto the field in Beijing for West Brom's first game of the tour. (BBC)

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

2018122020181221 (WS)

A story of banquets, diplomacy and football. In 1978, first division side, West Bromwich Albion became the first professional British football club to visit communist China. The visit came as China began to open up to the West after the power struggle which followed the death of Chairman Mao. Alex Last spoke to West Brom legend, Brendon Batson, about his memories of the historic tour.
Photo: The teams head out onto the field in Beijing for West Brom's first game of the tour. (BBC)

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

2018122020181223 (WS)

A story of banquets, diplomacy and football. In 1978, first division side, West Bromwich Albion became the first professional British football club to visit communist China. The visit came as China began to open up to the West after the power struggle which followed the death of Chairman Mao. Alex Last spoke to West Brom legend, Brendon Batson, about his memories of the historic tour.
Photo: The teams head out onto the field in Beijing for West Brom's first game of the tour. (BBC)

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

2018122020181224 (WS)

A story of banquets, diplomacy and football. In 1978, first division side, West Bromwich Albion became the first professional British football club to visit communist China. The visit came as China began to open up to the West after the power struggle which followed the death of Chairman Mao. Alex Last spoke to West Brom legend, Brendon Batson, about his memories of the historic tour.
Photo: The teams head out onto the field in Beijing for West Brom's first game of the tour. (BBC)

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

20181227

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. In 2017, he talked to Simon Watts.

PHOTO: Lopez Lomong in 2008 (Getty Images)

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

2018122720181228 (WS)

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. In 2017, he talked to Simon Watts.

PHOTO: Lopez Lomong in 2008 (Getty Images)

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

2018122720181230 (WS)

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. In 2017, he talked to Simon Watts.

PHOTO: Lopez Lomong in 2008 (Getty Images)

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

2018122720181231 (WS)

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. In 2017, he talked to Simon Watts.

PHOTO: Lopez Lomong in 2008 (Getty Images)

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

20190103

At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, the South African middle-distance runner Elana Meyer was her country's best hope for its first gold medal since returning to international sport following the end of Apartheid. In a dramatic race, Meyer ended up finishing second but, in a moment that became a symbol of African unity, the white South African immediately embarked on a victory lap hand-in-hand with the Ethiopian winner, Derartu Tulu. Elana Meyer talks to Claire Bowes.

PHOTO: Elana Meyer leading Derartu Tulu in the Olympic final (Getty Images)

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

2019010320190104 (WS)

At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, the South African middle-distance runner Elana Meyer was her country's best hope for its first gold medal since returning to international sport following the end of Apartheid. In a dramatic race, Meyer ended up finishing second but, in a moment that became a symbol of African unity, the white South African immediately embarked on a victory lap hand-in-hand with the Ethiopian winner, Derartu Tulu. Elana Meyer talks to Claire Bowes.

PHOTO: Elana Meyer leading Derartu Tulu in the Olympic final (Getty Images)

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

20190124

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

2019012420190125 (WS)

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

2019012420190127 (WS)

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

2019012420190128 (WS)

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

20190131

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

2019013120190201 (WS)

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

Bangladesh's football heroes20190314

In 1971, the Bangladeshi football team made history at the height of the country's war of independence when they played a series of matches in India. The games were the first to be played under the flag of a nation that was still not officially recognised and helped raise money for Bangladesh's independence struggle. Farhana Haider talks to star striker Kazi Salahuddin, who was smuggled into India so he could take part in the matches.

(Photo:The Shadhin Bangla Football Dol "Free Bengal Football Team", 1971. Credit: Kazi Salahuddin)

How the national football team helped the country's fight for independence in 1971.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

Bangladesh's football heroes2019031420190315 (WS)

In 1971, the Bangladeshi football team made history at the height of the country's war of independence when they played a series of matches in India. The games were the first to be played under the flag of a nation that was still not officially recognised and helped raise money for Bangladesh's independence struggle. Farhana Haider talks to star striker Kazi Salahuddin, who was smuggled into India so he could take part in the matches.

(Photo:The Shadhin Bangla Football Dol "Free Bengal Football Team", 1971. Credit: Kazi Salahuddin)

How the national football team helped the country's fight for independence in 1971.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

Bangladesh's football heroes2019031420190317 (WS)

In 1971, the Bangladeshi football team made history at the height of the country's war of independence when they played a series of matches in India. The games were the first to be played under the flag of a nation that was still not officially recognised and helped raise money for Bangladesh's independence struggle. Farhana Haider talks to star striker Kazi Salahuddin, who was smuggled into India so he could take part in the matches.

(Photo:The Shadhin Bangla Football Dol "Free Bengal Football Team", 1971. Credit: Kazi Salahuddin)

How the national football team helped the country's fight for independence in 1971.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

Bangladesh's football heroes2019031420190318 (WS)

In 1971, the Bangladeshi football team made history at the height of the country's war of independence when they played a series of matches in India. The games were the first to be played under the flag of a nation that was still not officially recognised and helped raise money for Bangladesh's independence struggle. Farhana Haider talks to star striker Kazi Salahuddin, who was smuggled into India so he could take part in the matches.

(Photo:The Shadhin Bangla Football Dol "Free Bengal Football Team", 1971. Credit: Kazi Salahuddin)

How the national football team helped the country's fight for independence in 1971.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

Diane Crump - Pioneering Female Jockey20190117

In 1970, Diane Crump became the first woman jockey to compete in the Kentucky Derby – the most prestigious horse race in the United States. It was the climax of a pioneering professional career in which Crump was initially booed and heckled by race-goers and even by some male jockeys. She talks to Simon Jarvis. The programme is a Whistledown Production for the BBC World Service.

PHOTO: Diane Crump, centre (Getty Images)

The inspiring story of the first woman to ride in America's top horse race.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

Diane Crump - Pioneering Female Jockey2019011720190118 (WS)

In 1970, Diane Crump became the first woman jockey to compete in the Kentucky Derby – the most prestigious horse race in the United States. It was the climax of a pioneering professional career in which Crump was initially booed and heckled by race-goers and even by some male jockeys. She talks to Simon Jarvis. The programme is a Whistledown Production for the BBC World Service.

PHOTO: Diane Crump, centre (Getty Images)

The inspiring story of the first woman to ride in America's top horse race.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

Diane Crump - Pioneering Female Jockey2019011720190120 (WS)

In 1970, Diane Crump became the first woman jockey to compete in the Kentucky Derby – the most prestigious horse race in the United States. It was the climax of a pioneering professional career in which Crump was initially booed and heckled by race-goers and even by some male jockeys. She talks to Simon Jarvis. The programme is a Whistledown Production for the BBC World Service.

PHOTO: Diane Crump, centre (Getty Images)

The inspiring story of the first woman to ride in America's top horse race.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

Diane Crump - Pioneering Female Jockey2019011720190121 (WS)

In 1970, Diane Crump became the first woman jockey to compete in the Kentucky Derby – the most prestigious horse race in the United States. It was the climax of a pioneering professional career in which Crump was initially booed and heckled by race-goers and even by some male jockeys. She talks to Simon Jarvis. The programme is a Whistledown Production for the BBC World Service.

PHOTO: Diane Crump, centre (Getty Images)

The inspiring story of the first woman to ride in America's top horse race.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

Elana Meyer: Running For The New South Africa20190103

At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, the South African middle-distance runner Elana Meyer was her country's best hope for its first gold medal since returning to international sport following the end of Apartheid. In a dramatic race, Meyer ended up finishing second but, in a moment that became a symbol of African unity, the white South African immediately embarked on a victory lap hand-in-hand with the Ethiopian winner, Derartu Tulu. Elana Meyer talks to Claire Bowes.

PHOTO: Elana Meyer leading Derartu Tulu in the Olympic final (Getty Images)

The athlete whose silver Olympic medal in 1992 was celebrated across the racial divide.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

Elana Meyer: Running For The New South Africa2019010320190104 (WS)

At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, the South African middle-distance runner Elana Meyer was her country's best hope for its first gold medal since returning to international sport following the end of Apartheid. In a dramatic race, Meyer ended up finishing second but, in a moment that became a symbol of African unity, the white South African immediately embarked on a victory lap hand-in-hand with the Ethiopian winner, Derartu Tulu. Elana Meyer talks to Claire Bowes.

PHOTO: Elana Meyer leading Derartu Tulu in the Olympic final (Getty Images)

The athlete whose silver Olympic medal in 1992 was celebrated across the racial divide.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

Elana Meyer: Running For The New South Africa2019010320190106 (WS)

At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, the South African middle-distance runner Elana Meyer was her country's best hope for its first gold medal since returning to international sport following the end of Apartheid. In a dramatic race, Meyer ended up finishing second but, in a moment that became a symbol of African unity, the white South African immediately embarked on a victory lap hand-in-hand with the Ethiopian winner, Derartu Tulu. Elana Meyer talks to Claire Bowes.

PHOTO: Elana Meyer leading Derartu Tulu in the Olympic final (Getty Images)

The athlete whose silver Olympic medal in 1992 was celebrated across the racial divide.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

Elana Meyer: Running For The New South Africa2019010320190107 (WS)

At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, the South African middle-distance runner Elana Meyer was her country's best hope for its first gold medal since returning to international sport following the end of Apartheid. In a dramatic race, Meyer ended up finishing second but, in a moment that became a symbol of African unity, the white South African immediately embarked on a victory lap hand-in-hand with the Ethiopian winner, Derartu Tulu. Elana Meyer talks to Claire Bowes.

PHOTO: Elana Meyer leading Derartu Tulu in the Olympic final (Getty Images)

The athlete whose silver Olympic medal in 1992 was celebrated across the racial divide.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

George Foreman - World Champion At 452018112220181126 (WS)

In November 1994, George Foreman shocked the sport of boxing by winning a second world title at the age of 45. Written off by the critics, Foreman held off a rain of punches from Michael Moorer, a man 19 years his junior, before landing a knockout punch in the tenth round. George Foreman talks to Ashley Byrne about his varied career.

PHOTO: George Foreman, left, in action against Michael Moorer (Getty Images).

In 1994, the boxing legend won a second world title after a shock return from retirement.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

Ironman's Iron Woman20181206

Refusing to give up - Julie Moss made history in 1982 when she crawled to the finish line, having collapsed just metres from the end of the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. It was her first competitive triathlon and she came second, but as she explains to Rebecca Kesby for Witness - that heroic fight for the line changed her life, and her attitude to the sport. The moment also inspired a surge in popularity for Ironman - until then a little known event.

(Photo Copyright, Carol Hogan Photojournalism)

Julie Moss wouldn't give up, even when she collapsed just metres from the finish line.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

Ironman's Iron Woman2018120620181207 (WS)

Refusing to give up - Julie Moss made history in 1982 when she crawled to the finish line, having collapsed just metres from the end of the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. It was her first competitive triathlon and she came second, but as she explains to Rebecca Kesby for Witness - that heroic fight for the line changed her life, and her attitude to the sport. The moment also inspired a surge in popularity for Ironman - until then a little known event.

(Photo Copyright, Carol Hogan Photojournalism)

Julie Moss wouldn't give up, even when she collapsed just metres from the finish line.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

Ironman's Iron Woman2018120620181209 (WS)

Refusing to give up - Julie Moss made history in 1982 when she crawled to the finish line, having collapsed just metres from the end of the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. It was her first competitive triathlon and she came second, but as she explains to Rebecca Kesby for Witness - that heroic fight for the line changed her life, and her attitude to the sport. The moment also inspired a surge in popularity for Ironman - until then a little known event.

(Photo Copyright, Carol Hogan Photojournalism)

Julie Moss wouldn't give up, even when she collapsed just metres from the finish line.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

Ironman's Iron Woman2018120620181210 (WS)

Refusing to give up - Julie Moss made history in 1982 when she crawled to the finish line, having collapsed just metres from the end of the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. It was her first competitive triathlon and she came second, but as she explains to Rebecca Kesby for Witness - that heroic fight for the line changed her life, and her attitude to the sport. The moment also inspired a surge in popularity for Ironman - until then a little known event.

(Photo Copyright, Carol Hogan Photojournalism)

Julie Moss wouldn't give up, even when she collapsed just metres from the finish line.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

Marcus Trescothick and mental illness20190328

In March 2008, the England batsman Marcus Trescothick announced that he was retiring from international cricket because of a long struggle with depression and anxiety. Trescothick’s decision shone new light on the pressure facing elite sportsmen and women. Simon Watts reports.

PHOTO: Marcus Trescothick in action (Getty Images)

The England cricketer who gave up his international career because of depression.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

Marcus Trescothick and mental illness2019032820190329 (WS)

In March 2008, the England batsman Marcus Trescothick announced that he was retiring from international cricket because of a long struggle with depression and anxiety. Trescothick’s decision shone new light on the pressure facing elite sportsmen and women. Simon Watts reports.

PHOTO: Marcus Trescothick in action (Getty Images)

The England cricketer who gave up his international career because of depression.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

Marcus Trescothick and mental illness2019032820190331 (WS)

In March 2008, the England batsman Marcus Trescothick announced that he was retiring from international cricket because of a long struggle with depression and anxiety. Trescothick’s decision shone new light on the pressure facing elite sportsmen and women. Simon Watts reports.

PHOTO: Marcus Trescothick in action (Getty Images)

The England cricketer who gave up his international career because of depression.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

Mark Edmondson And The Biggest Upset In Tennis20190110

In January 1976, the virtually unknown Mark Edmondson pulled off one of the greatest shocks in tennis history by winning the Australian Open on home soil. Ranked number 212 in the world, Edmondson had been working as a part-time hospital cleaner just weeks earlier. In the final, he defeated the all-time Aussie great, John Newcombe, and he remains the last Australian to win the Open title. Mark Edmondson speaks to Ashley Byrne.

PHOTO: Mark Edmondson (Getty Images)

How a former part-time hospital cleaner won the Australian Open in 1976.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

Mark Edmondson And The Biggest Upset In Tennis2019011020190111 (WS)

In January 1976, the virtually unknown Mark Edmondson pulled off one of the greatest shocks in tennis history by winning the Australian Open on home soil. Ranked number 212 in the world, Edmondson had been working as a part-time hospital cleaner just weeks earlier. In the final, he defeated the all-time Aussie great, John Newcombe, and he remains the last Australian to win the Open title. Mark Edmondson speaks to Ashley Byrne.

PHOTO: Mark Edmondson (Getty Images)

How a former part-time hospital cleaner won the Australian Open in 1976.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

Mark Edmondson And The Biggest Upset In Tennis2019011020190113 (WS)

In January 1976, the virtually unknown Mark Edmondson pulled off one of the greatest shocks in tennis history by winning the Australian Open on home soil. Ranked number 212 in the world, Edmondson had been working as a part-time hospital cleaner just weeks earlier. In the final, he defeated the all-time Aussie great, John Newcombe, and he remains the last Australian to win the Open title. Mark Edmondson speaks to Ashley Byrne.

PHOTO: Mark Edmondson (Getty Images)

How a former part-time hospital cleaner won the Australian Open in 1976.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

Mark Edmondson And The Biggest Upset In Tennis2019011020190114 (WS)

In January 1976, the virtually unknown Mark Edmondson pulled off one of the greatest shocks in tennis history by winning the Australian Open on home soil. Ranked number 212 in the world, Edmondson had been working as a part-time hospital cleaner just weeks earlier. In the final, he defeated the all-time Aussie great, John Newcombe, and he remains the last Australian to win the Open title. Mark Edmondson speaks to Ashley Byrne.

PHOTO: Mark Edmondson (Getty Images)

How a former part-time hospital cleaner won the Australian Open in 1976.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

The Fastest Man In The World Race20181129

In 1997, the reigning 100m Olympic champion, Canada’s Donovan Bailey, and the reigning 200m champion, Michael Johnson of the USA, staged a unique two-man race to settle a dispute about who was really the world’s fastest man. Held over 150 metres at the Skydome arena in Toronto, the atmosphere was more like a boxing match and created massive media interest. Simon Watts talks to the eventual winner, Donovan Bailey, about a victory he considers every bit as sweet as Olympic gold.

PHOTO: Donovan Bailey, left, and Michael Johnson at promotional event (Getty Images)

How top sprinters Donovan Bailey and Michael Johnson staged a head-to-head race in 1997.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

The Fastest Man In The World Race2018112920181130 (WS)

In 1997, the reigning 100m Olympic champion, Canada’s Donovan Bailey, and the reigning 200m champion, Michael Johnson of the USA, staged a unique two-man race to settle a dispute about who was really the world’s fastest man. Held over 150 metres at the Skydome arena in Toronto, the atmosphere was more like a boxing match and created massive media interest. Simon Watts talks to the eventual winner, Donovan Bailey, about a victory he considers every bit as sweet as Olympic gold.

PHOTO: Donovan Bailey, left, and Michael Johnson at promotional event (Getty Images)

How top sprinters Donovan Bailey and Michael Johnson staged a head-to-head race in 1997.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

The Fastest Man In The World Race2018112920181202 (WS)

In 1997, the reigning 100m Olympic champion, Canada’s Donovan Bailey, and the reigning 200m champion, Michael Johnson of the USA, staged a unique two-man race to settle a dispute about who was really the world’s fastest man. Held over 150 metres at the Skydome arena in Toronto, the atmosphere was more like a boxing match and created massive media interest. Simon Watts talks to the eventual winner, Donovan Bailey, about a victory he considers every bit as sweet as Olympic gold.

PHOTO: Donovan Bailey, left, and Michael Johnson at promotional event (Getty Images)

How top sprinters Donovan Bailey and Michael Johnson staged a head-to-head race in 1997.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

The Fastest Man In The World Race2018112920181203 (WS)

In 1997, the reigning 100m Olympic champion, Canada’s Donovan Bailey, and the reigning 200m champion, Michael Johnson of the USA, staged a unique two-man race to settle a dispute about who was really the world’s fastest man. Held over 150 metres at the Skydome arena in Toronto, the atmosphere was more like a boxing match and created massive media interest. Simon Watts talks to the eventual winner, Donovan Bailey, about a victory he considers every bit as sweet as Olympic gold.

PHOTO: Donovan Bailey, left, and Michael Johnson at promotional event (Getty Images)

How top sprinters Donovan Bailey and Michael Johnson staged a head-to-head race in 1997.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

The man who ran around Australia20190321

In 1983, the ultra-runner Ron Grant became the first person to run around Australia. On a 13,383 kilometre jog that took seven months, Grant overcame injuries, crew mutinies and serious financial debt, before being greeted by huge crowds at the start/finish line in Brisbane. He talks to Ashley Byrne. The programme is a Made-In-Manchester Production.

PHOTO: Ron Grant and fellow runners in 1983 (Victor Colin Sumner/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

In 1983, Ron Grant became the first person to run 13,383 kilometres of Australian coast.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

The man who ran around Australia2019032120190322 (WS)

In 1983, the ultra-runner Ron Grant became the first person to run around Australia. On a 13,383 kilometre jog that took seven months, Grant overcame injuries, crew mutinies and serious financial debt, before being greeted by huge crowds at the start/finish line in Brisbane. He talks to Ashley Byrne. The programme is a Made-In-Manchester Production.

PHOTO: Ron Grant and fellow runners in 1983 (Victor Colin Sumner/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

In 1983, Ron Grant became the first person to run 13,383 kilometres of Australian coast.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

The man who ran around Australia2019032120190324 (WS)

In 1983, the ultra-runner Ron Grant became the first person to run around Australia. On a 13,383 kilometre jog that took seven months, Grant overcame injuries, crew mutinies and serious financial debt, before being greeted by huge crowds at the start/finish line in Brisbane. He talks to Ashley Byrne. The programme is a Made-In-Manchester Production.

PHOTO: Ron Grant and fellow runners in 1983 (Victor Colin Sumner/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

In 1983, Ron Grant became the first person to run 13,383 kilometres of Australian coast.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

The man who ran around Australia2019032120190325 (WS)

In 1983, the ultra-runner Ron Grant became the first person to run around Australia. On a 13,383 kilometre jog that took seven months, Grant overcame injuries, crew mutinies and serious financial debt, before being greeted by huge crowds at the start/finish line in Brisbane. He talks to Ashley Byrne. The programme is a Made-In-Manchester Production.

PHOTO: Ron Grant and fellow runners in 1983 (Victor Colin Sumner/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

In 1983, Ron Grant became the first person to run 13,383 kilometres of Australian coast.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

Usain Bolt - The Birth of a Legend20181213

In 2008 Jamaica's Usain Bolt burst onto the athletics scene at the Beijing Olympics, winning both the 100 metres and 200 metres in world record times. Ian Williams talks to Bolt's coach, Glen Mills, and fellow Jamaican sprinter, Michael Frater, about the year Bolt became a global superstar.

(Photo: Usain Bolt at the 2008 Olympics, Getty Images)

In 2008, the Jamaican sprinter wowed the world by winning the Olympic 100 and 200 metres

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

Usain Bolt - The Birth of a Legend2018121320181214 (WS)

In 2008 Jamaica's Usain Bolt burst onto the athletics scene at the Beijing Olympics, winning both the 100 metres and 200 metres in world record times. Ian Williams talks to Bolt's coach, Glen Mills, and fellow Jamaican sprinter, Michael Frater, about the year Bolt became a global superstar.

(Photo: Usain Bolt at the 2008 Olympics, Getty Images)

In 2008, the Jamaican sprinter wowed the world by winning the Olympic 100 and 200 metres

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

Usain Bolt - The Birth of a Legend2018121320181216 (WS)

In 2008 Jamaica's Usain Bolt burst onto the athletics scene at the Beijing Olympics, winning both the 100 metres and 200 metres in world record times. Ian Williams talks to Bolt's coach, Glen Mills, and fellow Jamaican sprinter, Michael Frater, about the year Bolt became a global superstar.

(Photo: Usain Bolt at the 2008 Olympics, Getty Images)

In 2008, the Jamaican sprinter wowed the world by winning the Olympic 100 and 200 metres

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

Usain Bolt - The Birth of a Legend2018121320181217 (WS)

In 2008 Jamaica's Usain Bolt burst onto the athletics scene at the Beijing Olympics, winning both the 100 metres and 200 metres in world record times. Ian Williams talks to Bolt's coach, Glen Mills, and fellow Jamaican sprinter, Michael Frater, about the year Bolt became a global superstar.

(Photo: Usain Bolt at the 2008 Olympics, Getty Images)

In 2008, the Jamaican sprinter wowed the world by winning the Olympic 100 and 200 metres

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history

Weightlifting in a hijab2019030720190311 (WS)

To mark International Women's Day, Ned Carter-Miles has the story of the Muslim-American weightlifter, Kulsoom Abdullah, who in 2011 made history by winning the right to compete in a hijab. It was the climax of a high-profile campaign against the weightlifting authorities, who had argued that judges would not be able to see if she was performing her lifts correctly. Kulsoom's victory has inspired a new generation of women weightlifters in the Muslim world. The programme is a Just Radio Production.

PHOTO: Kulsoom Abdullah in the gym (personal collection)

How Kulsoom Abdullah won the right to compete in weightlifting in Islamic dress.

The inside and personal story of the key moments from sporting history