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Britain's last gold medal was a bronze in 1952 in Helsinki
Nigel Starmer-Smith

Steve Ovett, Sebastian Coe, Steve Cram - the vanguard of our cream
Ron Pickering

The Americans sowed the seed, and now they have reaped the whirlwind
Sebastian Coe

The Republic-of-China - back in the Olympic Games for the first time
David Coleman

And Britain defeats the rest of the world to pick up the bronze medal

He's been breaking Olympic records like ninepins
Des Lynam

That's the fastest time ever run - but it's not as fast as the world record
David Coleman

I'm absolutely thrilled and over the world about it
Tessa Sanderson

He is accelerating all the time. That last lap was run in 64 seconds and the one before in 62.
David Coleman

Cram nailed his colours to the mast and threw down the Great Pretender
Ron Pickering

This is a young man who is only 25, and you have to say, her has answered every question that has ever been asked.
David Coleman

Mary Decker Slaney, the world greatest front runner, I shouldn't be surprised to see her at the front
Ron Pickering

A truly international field, no Britons involved.
David Coleman

The American's head are on their chins a little bit at the moment
Ron Pickering

She hasn't run faster than herself before
Zola Budd

Born in America. John returned to his native Japan
Mike Gratton

Ingrid Kristiansen then has smashed the world record, running the 5000 metres in 14:58.89. Truly amazing. Incidentally, this is a personal best for Ingrid Kristiansen.
David Coleman

The Kenyans haven't done much in the last two games, in fact they haven't competed since 1972
Brendan Foster

We estimate, and this isn't an estimation, that Greta Waitz is 80 seconds behind
David Coleman

And there's no "I love you" message because Steve Ovett has married the girl
David Coleman

The Games have been decimated. If you take away the Eastern Bloc, you take away 50% of the medals
Ron Pickering

And there you see Sebastian Coe preparing for our first look at him
Jim Rosenthal

Some names to look forward to - perhaps in the future
David Coleman

He's 31 this year. Last year he was 30
David Coleman

It's a battle with himself and with the ticking finger of the clock.
David Coleman

The late start is due to the time.
David Coleman

And with alphabetical irony Nigeria follows New Zealand
David Coleman

...and finally she tastes the sweet smell of success
Ian Edwards

He's running on his nerve ends
Peter West

Coe has smashed the world record, 1:44.92 seconds has never been run easier
Ron Pickering

A very powerful set of lungs, very much hidden by that chest of his
Alan Pascoe

And the line up for the final of the women's 400 metres hurdles includes three Russians, two East Germans, a Pole, a Swede and a Frenchman
David Coleman

It's obvious these Russian swimmers are detirmined to do well on American soil
Anita Lonsborough

And the mile once again becomes the focal point where it's always been
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