Derartu Tulu – icon of the Olympic movement – Barcelona 1992
Derartu Tulu grew up tending cattle on the dusty plains of Ethiopia but went on to become an Olympic legend. The 21-year old from the village of Bekoji became the first black African woman to win an Olympic gold medal. She claimed the Womens 10,000m title in Barcelona with a personal best time of 31:06:02, beating South Africa’s Elana Meyer into second place.
Watch the climax of the 10,000m as Tulu tracks Meyer till the last lap and then passes her to go for gold.
Usain Bolt breaks the world record in the Men’s 100m and 200m final at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games
100m World Record
Usain Bolt of Jamaica won the Men’s 100m gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in a world record time of 9.69 seconds, breaking his own world record of 9.72 seconds, which he set in June of that year. He broke Donovan Bailey’s Olympic record of 9.84 seconds set at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
200 m World Record
Bolt would win gold in the 200m Mens final, breaking Michael Johnson’s world record of 19.32 s set at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Bolt set a new world and Olympic record of 19.30s.
Watch Usain Bolt ease his way to gold in both the 100M and 200M at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games: Usain Bolt – Athletics – 100M/200M – Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games
Michael Phelps wins a record 8 gold medals at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games
Phelps won eight gold medals at the Beijing 2008 Summer Oympic Games breaking Mark Spitz‘s record of seven gold medals won in a single Olympic Games, which had stood since 1972.
Watch Michael Phelps win his 7th gold medal (on his way to his 8th) as he comes from behind to win the Men’s 100M Butterfly final in dramatic fashion: Michael Phelps winning the Men’s 100M Butterfly Final