By: Talitha Gonzalez - Thanks to my sister for sending in this report on Foxtel's (Australian Pay TV Provider) new show "Olympic Stars" which I think was produced for the 2008 Olympics?
The shot put competition was held in the original stadium. USA's Adam Nelson was the favorite going into the final round where Ukraine's Yuriy Bilonoh final throw matched Nelson's distance and he was put ahead after a countback was applied. Nelson's final throw would have been long enough to go into the gold medal position, but his foot left the circle. Britain's Kelly Holmes, who won the 800m and 1500m went home a national treasure and was seriously adored by the public. She described it as manic and surprising. American 4x100m where highly fancied to win the gold, however they were stunned at the finish with Great Britain winning after much smoother baton changes. Morocco's Hicham El Guerrouj was a proud Goal Keeper playing football growing up in Morocco. His mother encouraged him to swap to running after it was her who had to wash the muddy Football kit. After 2000 he was stunned and had to see a psychologist to recover and to encourage him to continue in the sport.... he came back to the Olympics in Athens and claimed both the 1,500m and 5,000m becoming the first man since Paavo Nurmi to complete the double. He retired two years later.
Yelena Isinbayeva says opinion was divided over whether she was a favorite or not. She said it meant that she had no pressure on her. Told herself on her final attempt that she had no right to lose. Couldn't believe she won the Pole Vault title in Athens. Her secret to her success - her relationship with her pole!