| Anon US interviewer I suppose you'll have a drink?
Guy Drut (after winning tht Olympic high hurdles):
Certainly. I will have a Lafite Rothschild 1964.
| I have observed in women of her type a tendency to regard all athletics as an inferior form of fox hunting.
Evelyn Waugh Decline and Fall (1928)
| Italian men and Russian women don't shave before a race.
| On a report which revealed today's youth put sex as their number one sport- It seems today's youngsters have one-track minds. Unfortunately it's not the athletics track.
Anon spokesman (1994)
| On being asked if there would be any late night goings-on during the Olympics -I certainly hope so.
| On his success in the Superstars TV programme -1 still think I could be the best pole vaulter in Britain, but I'm in danger of falling between two stools.
Brian Hooper (1982)
| On Sing-Sing Prison's athletics day- We do not have cross-country and we do not have pole-vaulting.
| On the £20,000 Mercedes prizes for each winner at the World Athletics Championships in Stuttgart- Anyone good enough to win already has one.
Michael Johnson (1993)
| The French cannot produce great track-and-field teams like they can produce great wines for probably that reason: the winemakers got in first.
Michael Lourie (1980)
| They may have helped Linford Christie shave a millisecond or-two off his personal best but not everyone is Linford Christie. And contour-hugging cycle shorts can cruelly expose anyone whose performance falls an inch or two short of an all-comers' record. You need a full kitbag to get away with this particular garb. That might explain why so many men wear their cycle shorts under their regular strip.
Richard Littlejohn Punch (1992)