Rio 2016: Countdown to the Olympics

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BBC Sport counts down to the Rio Olympics by looking at some great moments from the Games.

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Farah makes it double gold in London

Mo Farah
Mo Farah

Mo Farah wins gold in the 5,000m at London 2012 to add to his 10,000m title.

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Diver Feck's backflop 'calamity'

Stephan Feck

German diver Stephan Feck lands in the water back-first during a failed 3m springboard attempt at London 2012.

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Tears of joy as Hoy wins sixth gold

Sir Chris Hoy

Sir Chris Hoy overtakes Sir Steve Redgrave as Britain's most successful Olympian, by winning gold in the keirin cycling at London 2012.

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Redgrave wins fifth Olympic gold

Steve Redgrave

Great Britain's Steve Redgrave makes history at Sydney 2000, winning the men's coxless four with Matthew Pinsent, James Cracknell and Tim Foster to claim a fifth consecutive gold medal.

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Thompson retains Olympic title in 1984

Daley Thompson

Daley Thompson retains his decathlon title at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.

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Comaneci scores the perfect 10

Nadia Comaneci

Nadia Comaneci's routine on the uneven bars at the 1976 Montreal Games earns the 14-year-old Romanian the first ever perfect ten in Olympic gymnastics history.

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'Home in shame' - Johnson stripped of Olympic title

Ben Johnson

Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson stuns the world by winning the 100m final in 1988, but is stripped of his gold medal after testing positive for steroids.

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Holmes' double gold glory in Athens

Kelly Holmes

Great Britain's Dame Kelly Holmes wins gold in the 800m and 1500m at the Athens Games in 2004.

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Bond escorts the Queen to London 2012

Daniel Craig and the Queen

Daniel Craig's James Bond and Her Majesty the Queen drop in to the London 2012 opening ceremony.

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Smith and Carlos give Black Power salute

Black Power protest

Tommie Smith and John Carlos mount the podium at Mexico City in 1968, each wearing one black glove, in protest at their treatment back home in the United States.

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Lewis wins four golds in Los Angeles

Carl Lewis

Carl Lewis wins the men's 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and long jump in front of a home crowd at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.

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Owens makes history in front of Hitler

Jesse Owens

American Jesse Owens wins four gold medals in Nazi Germany at the Berlin Games in 1936.

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Muhammad Ali wins Olympic gold in Rome

Muhammad Ali

18-year-old Muhammad Ali - then known as Cassius Clay - wins the light heavyweight title at the 1960 Rome Games.

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Adams wins first women's Olympic boxing gold

Nicola Adams

Nicola Adams wins the first ever women's Olympic boxing gold medal at London 2012.

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Super Spitz's seven golds in Munich

Mark Spitz
Mark Spitz

American swimmer Mark Spitz wins seven golds at the Munich Games in 1972.

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'You have my permission to shoot me' - Redgrave wins fourth gold

Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent

Relive the moment Great Britain's Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent win gold in the men's coxless pair at Atlanta 1996.

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'Kicking superstar' Jones wins gold in London

Jade Jones

Great Britain's Jade Jones wins taekwondo gold at the age of 19 in the 57kg weight category at London 2012.

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The medals that inspired Chariots of Fire

Eric Liddell

Great Britain's Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams win gold medals at the 1924 Games in Paris, achievements which inspired the film Chariots of Fire.

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'Golden triumph' for Murray in London

Andy Murray

Great Britain's Andy Murray beats Roger Federer of Switzerland to claim the men's singles tennis title at London 2012.

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Christie storms to 100m gold in Barcelona

Linford Christie

Relive the moment Great Britain's Linford Christie wins the men's 100m at the 1992 Games in Barcelona.

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Pendleton's swan song at London 2012

Victoria Pendleton

Great Britain's Victoria Pendleton wins the women's keirin in her final Olympic Games at London 2012.

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'This man is not human' - Johnson's Atlanta double

Michael Johnson wins in Atlanta

Michael Johnson wins both the 400m and 200m Olympic titles in front of a home crowd at Atlanta in 1996.

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Trott's glorious omnium gold in London

Laura Trott
Laura Trott

Laura Trott secures gold in the women's omnium at the 2012 Games in London.

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'I love you mum' - Gibbons' emotional Olympics medal

Gemma Gibbons

Gemma Gibbons dedicates her 2012 judo semi-final victory against world champion Audrey Tcheumeo - which guaranteed the Briton a medal - to her late mother.

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Crash, bang, ouch! Olympic BMX pile-up

BMX pile-up
BMX pile-up

A massive pile-up in the men's BMX quarter-finals at London 2012 results in an easy victory for New Zealand's Marc Willers.

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'What a woman!' Retired Fischer returns to win gold

Birgit Fischer

German kayaker Birgit Fischer comes out of retirement at the age of 42 to win her eighth gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, 24 years after claiming her first.

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Glover and Stanning's golden London start

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning
Helen Glover and Heather Stanning

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning secure Team GB's first gold of the London 2012 Games in the women's rowing pair final.

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'Did you see that?' - Johnson reacts to Bolt's 100m gold

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson, winner of four Olympic gold medals, watches in disbelief as Usain Bolt smashes the men's 100m world record at the Beijing Games in 2008.

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Le Clos' father overcome by 'unbelievable' gold

Bert le Clos
Bert le Clos

Chad le Clos' father Bert is overcome with pride after watching his son beat Michael Phelps to gold in the 200m butterfly at London 2012.

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Smith wins historic gymnastics bronze

Louis Smith
Louis Smith

Louis Smith wins pommel horse bronze at Beijing 2008 to become Great Britain's first gymnastics apparatus medallist.

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Rudolph roars to three golds in 1960

Wilma Rudolph

American sprinter Wilma Rudolph's victories in the women's 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at the 1960 Games in Rome.

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Angle wins wrestling gold in Atlanta

Kurt Angle

BBC Sport continues the countdown to the 2016 Rio Olympics with the moment American wrestler Kurt Angle wins the 100kg classification at the Atlanta Games in 1996.

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Blankers-Koen's four golds in London

Francina Elsje Blankers-Koen

Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands wins four gold medals at the 1948 Games in London in the 80m hurdles, 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.

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Bathroom training leads to walking gold

Don Thompson

Great Britain's Don Thompson wins walking gold at the 1960 Games in Rome. Thompson followed a training regime that consisted of a boiling kettle and a burning stove in his bathroom...

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Dad helps injured Redmond finish in 1992

Derek Redmond

Derek Redmond is helped across the line by his father after suffering an injury in his 400m semi-final at the 1992 Games in Barcelona.

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Rand leaps to historic gold

Mary Rand

Mary Rand wins the long jump at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, becoming Great Britain's first female track and field gold medallist.

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Olympic heartbreak for Radcliffe in Athens

Great Britain's Paula Radcliffe

Great Britain's Paula Radcliffe drops out of the women's marathon because of extreme temperatures and cramp at Athens 2004.

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'Unbelievable' Rudisha smashes 800m world record

David Rudisha

Kenya's David Rudisha smashes the 800m world record with a time of 1:40.91 to win gold at London 2012.

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Coe wins 1500m in Los Angeles

Rio Countdown

Great Britain's Seb Coe retains his 1500m title at the Los Angeles Games in 1984.

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'We're going on a stamp' - Hosking & Copeland's rowing gold

British rowers Sophie Hosking and Katherine Copeland

British rowers Sophie Hosking and Katherine Copeland win gold in the lightweight women's double sculls at London 2012.

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Emotional Pinsent wins fourth gold

Matthew Pinsent

Great Britain's Matthew Pinsent rows to his fourth Olympic gold with the men's coxless four at the Athens Games in 2004.

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The 'Fosbury Flop' takes gold in 1968

Fosbury Flop

American Dick Fosbury revolutionises the high jump with his new technique to take in Mexico in 1968.

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Korbut dazzles in Munich

Rio Countdown

Olga Korbut wins three gymnastics gold medals and a silver at the 1972 Olympics in Munich.

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Barefooted Bikila wins marathon in Rome

Ethiopia's Abebe Bikila

Ethiopian long-distance runner Abebe Bikila's secures a memorable barefoot victory in the marathon at the 1960 Games.

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Flying Dutchman's stunning high bar gold

Epke Zonderland

Epke Zonderland of the Netherlands wins high bar gold at London 2012 with a spectacular routine.

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Pendleton beats Meares for gold in 2008

Pendleton 2008 Sprint Gold

Victoria Pendletons wins her gold medal race against Anna Meares in the women's sprint at the 2008 Beijing Games.

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Juantorena wins historic double gold

Alberto Juantorena

Cuba's Alberto Juantorena becomes the only athlete to win both the 400m and 800m titles - at Montreal in 1976.

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Moorhouse wins 100m breaststroke in Seoul

GB's Adrian Moorhouse

Great Britain's Adrian Moorhouse wins the men's 100m breaststroke at the Seoul Games in 1988.

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Pundits go wild for Farah victory

BBC pundits go wild for Farah's 10,000m win

BBC athletics pundits Colin Jackson, Denise Lewis and Michael Johnson go wild during Mo Farah's 10,000m victory at London 2012.

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Cooke's road race gold

Nicole Cooke

Nicole Cooke becomes the first Briton to win the Olympic women's road race title at Beijing 2008.

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'Who cares who's third? It doesn't matter!' Hemery's gold in 1968

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Hemery hurdles to gold in Mexico City, 1968

Great Britain's David Hemery wins the men's 400m hurdles in a then world record of 48.12 seconds at the Mexico City Games in 1968.

'Dad!' - Wilson celebrates gold with father

Pete Wilson

Relive the moment an emotional Great Britain's Peter Wilson celebrates with his father after winning double trap shooting gold at London 2012.

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'Total farce!' Jones Jr misses out on gold in Seoul

Roy Jones Jnr.

Relive the moment American boxer Roy Jones Jnr is judged to have lost to Park Si-hun for the Olympic light-middleweight title despite out-punching the South Korean.

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Mary Peters wins pentathlon gold at Munich in 1972

Mary Peters competes at Munich Olympic Games in 1972

BBC Sport continues the countdown to the Olympics with the moment Great Britain's Mary Peters beats home favourite Heide Rosendahl to pentathlon gold at the 1972 Munich Games with a then world record points haul.

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GB crowd go 'potty' for canoe slalom gold

Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott

BBC Sport continues the countdown to the Olympics with the moment Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott beat the favourites in 2012 to secure GB's first canoe slalom gold.

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Thompson wins decathlon gold at Moscow 1980

Daley Thompson

BBC Sport continues the countdown to the 2016 Rio Olympics with the moment Daley Thompson wins gold in the decathlon at the Moscow Games.

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Badminton 'disgrace' at London 2012

Badminton players from China and South Korea

Badminton players from China and South Korea are booed by spectators at London 2012 for appearing not to try in their group match.

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'What a god he is' - Thorpe's triple gold

Ian Thorpe

Australian teenager Ian Thorpe wins three swimming gold medals at Sydney 2000.

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Gunnell hurdles to Barcelona gold in 1992

Sally Gunnell

Great Britain's Sally Gunnell races to gold in the 400m hurdles at the Barcelona Games in 1992.

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Goodhew swims to glory at Moscow 1980

Duncan Goodhew

Great Britain's Duncan Goodhew swims to victory in the 100m breaststroke at the 1980 Moscow Games.

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Injured Strug wins historic gold

Kerri Strug

Kerri Strug injures herself as she secures USA's first ever women's team Olympic gymnastics title in her final vault routine at Atlanta 1996.

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Beauty of Beijing in 2008

Beijing 2008 opening ceremony

The best moments from the opening ceremony at the 2008 Games in Beijing.

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Zatopek's incredible triple gold in Helsinki

Czech runner Emil Zatopek

Emil Zatopek wins three gold medals in eight days in the 5,000m, 10,000m and marathon at Helsinki 1952.

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GB win historic dressage gold in London

Carl Hester, Laura Bechtolsheimer and Charlotte Dujardin

Great Britain win their first ever gold in the team dressage competition as Charlotte Dujardin, Laura Bechtolsheimer and Carl Hester clinch the title in front of a home crowd at London 2012.

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Hoy completes golden hat-trick in Beijing

Chris Hoy

Chris Hoy beats team-mate Jason Kenny in the sprint at Beijing 2008 to become the first Briton to win three gold medals at one Games.

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Moses wins 400m hurdles in 1984

American Edwin Moses

American Ed Moses wins the 400m hurdles in front of his home crowd at the Los Angeles Games in 1984.

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Packer wins 1964 gold

Ann Packer

Great Britain's Ann Packer wins 800m gold at Tokyo 1964, having never previously run an international race at that distance.

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Ainslie becomes greatest Olympic sailor

Ben Ainslee

Great Britain's Ben Ainslie wins his record fourth gold at London 2012, making him the most successful Olympic sailor of all-time.

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Steiner wins weightlifting gold for late wife

Matthias Steiner

Matthias Steiner wins gold in the men's +105kg weightlifting category at Beijing 2008, dedicating the victory to this late wife.

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Daley's bronze dive drives London wild

Tom Daley

Great Britain's Tom Daley wins diving bronze in London to the delight of a star-studded crowd.

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Edwards' triple jump glory in Sydney

Jonathan Edwards

Great Britain's Jonathan Edwards winning triple jump gold at Sydney 2000.

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Phelps' eight golds in eight days

Michael Phelps

Uniteds States swimmer Michael Phelps wins a record-breaking eight golds in eight days at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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Budd and Decker clash in 1984

Mary Decker (right) and Zola Budd

Great Britain's Zola Budd and American Mary Decker are involved in a controversial moment during the women's 3,000m final at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984.

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Wilkie wins 200m gold in Montreal

David Wilkie

Great Britain's David Wilkie wins the men's 200m breaststroke at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.

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Fencer Shin A Lam stages sit in at London 2012

Shin A Lam

Fencer Shin A Lam delays the epee competition at the London 2012 Olympics after refusing to leave the arena following defeat in the semi-final.

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Freeman wins 400m for Australia in Sydney

Cathy Freeman

Australia's Cathy Freeman wins 400m gold in front of a home crowd at the 2000 Sydney Games.

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Britain win hockey gold

GB goalscorer Imran Sherwani (right)

Watch Great Britain's gold medal-winning 3-1 victory over West Germany in the final of the men's hockey at Seoul 1988.

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Ohuruogu wins 400m gold in 2008

Christine Ohuruogu

Christine Ohuruogu becomes the first British woman to win Olympic 400m gold, at Beijing in 2008.

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Searles win emotional rowing gold

Brothers Greg (l) and Jonny (r) Searle and emotional cox Garry Herbert

British rowing brothers Jonny and Greg Searle win the coxed pairs at the 1992 Barcelona Games with coxswain Garry Herbert, whose tears on the podium became a defining image of the Games.

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Ouch! Louganis hits head on diving board

Greg Louganis

Greg Louganis misjudges his dive with painful consequences at the Seoul Games in 1988.

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Great Britain storm to relay gold

GB win men's relay gold in Athens

Great Britain's men's 4x100m relay team hold off the challenge of the United States to win gold at the 2004 Games in Athens.

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Tweddle wins bronze on Olympic swansong

Beth Tweddle

Great Britain's Beth Tweddle wins a bronze medal in the final Olympic appearance of her gymnastics career at London 2012.

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Queally wins time trial gold in Sydney

Jason Queally

Jason Queally wins the 1km time trial with a then Olympic record of 1:01.609 at the 2000 Sydney Games.

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Borges' pole snaps in London

Lazaro Borges

Cuba's Lazaro Borges' pole vault snaps at the London Games in 2012.

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USSR's last-gasp gold

USSR v USA 1972 Olympic Games

The Soviet Union beat the United States with the last shot of the game to win basketball gold at the 1972 Games in Munich.

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Lewis wins heptathlon gold in Sydney

Denise Lewis

Great Britain's Denise Lewis wins heptathlon gold at the Sydney Games in 2000.

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Wiggins makes history

Bradley Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins' winning the time trial at London 2012 to become Britain's most successful Olympian with seven medals.

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Matos kicks referee

Angel Matos

Cuba's Angel Valodia Matos attacks a referee after being disqualified in his contest with Kazakhstan's Arman Chilmanov.

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Ali lights Olympic flame at Atlanta 1996

Muhammad Ali

A look back at he moment Muhammad Ali lit the Olympic flame at the Atlanta Games in 1996.

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'Pocket Hercules' wins weightlifting gold in Seoul

Naim Suleymanoglu

Naim Suleymanoglu lifts three times his body weight to win weightlifting gold in Seoul, 1988.

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Grainger wins Olympic gold at fourth attempt

Katherine Grainger

Great Britain's Katherine Grainger, a silver medallist at three previous Games, wins gold at London 2012 alongside Anna Watkins.

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Harrison wins boxing gold in Sydney

Audley Harrison

Audley Harrison wins Great Britain's first Olympic boxing gold since 1968, beating Kazakhstan's Mukhtarkhan Dildabekov in the super heavyweight final at Sydney 2000.

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Beamon's 'enormous' long jump in 1968

Bob Beamon

Bob Beamon's "enormous" gold medal-winning leap of 8.90m at the 1968 Games in Mexico City set a new world record that stood for almost 23 years.

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Boardman's 'demolition job' wins gold

Chris Boardman

Chris Boardman wins Britain's first cycling gold for 72 years with victory in the individual pursuit at the 1992 Barcelona Games.

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Adlington's 'stunning' swimming double gold

Rebecca Adlington

A look back at Rebecca Adlington's victories in the swimming pool in the 400m and 800m freestyle at Beijing 2008.

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Sanderson wins javelin gold in 1984

Tessa Sanderson

Great Britain's Tessa Sanderson wins javelin gold at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, beating rival Fatima Whitbread into bronze.

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'Eric the Eel' wins 100m heat in Sydney

Eric Moussambani

Swimming wildcard Eric Moussambani - nicknamed "Eric the Eel" - wins his 100m heat in one minute 52.72 seconds in Sydney 2000.

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Coe and Ovett's epic Moscow showdown

Steve Ovett races Seb Coe in 1980

A look back at the rivalry between Seb Coe and Steve Ovett during the Moscow Games in 1980.

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Team GB's Super Saturday

Jessica Ennis-Hill

A look back at Super Saturday, when Team GB won three athletics golds on one memorable evening at London 2012.

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Bolt stuns the world in Beijing

Usain Bolt

The moment Jamaica's Usain Bolt wins 100m at Beijing 2008, in a then world record time of 9.69 seconds.

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