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Sprint and Field Events [DVD]
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The sprints and field events have an amazing history in Track and Field. This collection with original commentary plus narration from Steve Cram portrays many of the heroes from those disciplines. From the 1950 s to the 1980 s you can watch historical performances from some of the great names in Track and Field at World championships, Olympic Games, European Championships and Commonwealth Games including; 1. Al Oerter s long career at the discuss 2. Lynn Davies and Mary Peter s gold medal performances 3. Bob Beamon s legendary world record jump 4. David Hemery s World Record and Olympic triumph 5. The inimitable Ed Moses 6. Interviews with and footage of Daley Thompson the double Olympic Champion 7. Footage from the extensive career of Carl Lewis 8. Golden moments from the European greats Marita Koch and Irena Szewinsksa 9. The one and only Sergei Bubka 10. Interviews and commentary from many of the greats of this era
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Covering most legendary competitors up to the mid-nineties - including Carl Lewis, Ed Moses, Bob Beamon, Sergei Bubka, Al Oerter and Daley Thompson - there is certainly a lot of ground covered. The only problem is they have tried to fit too much in to the allotted programme time. As a result, some fantastic moments in the featured athlete's histories are cut unforgivably short; most notably, Carl Lewis' dramatic long-jump duel with Mike Powell in the 1991 Tokyo World Championships. That said, the footage within is of very good quality (mainly from the BBC archives, I understand), and there is plenty of extra footage - usually the athlete's best moments uncut (Lewis-Powell contest still not complete here either!)
Steve Cram narrates the DVD and is pretty good at the task; however he probably has a bit too much to say at times. All in all, this would have been far better stretched out over a second DVD, with more featured on each athlete, as well as maybe more interview footage with the athletes themselves. Certainly not a bad purchase, but not the DVD it could have been.