The Wheel of Sport
The Open 1999: Jean Van De Velde
In the first episode of The Wheel of Sport, Justin and Ian talk through one of the most remarkable finales to a major tournament in world sport. The Open took place in Carnoustie on Scotlands wild east coast. Everything was going to plan until Jean Van De Velde took to the tee on the final hole of the tournament with the Claret Jug in touching distance.
Peter Norman - Black Power Icon
The field of sprinters that lined up for the 200m at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City were the greatest there had ever been. Two Americans and an Australian took the medal places. There was mild surprise that the Australian had placed in silver as he wasn't a favourite and started characteristically slow before blasting away his opponents in the final few metres. However, the running wasn't the focus by the time the athletes were stood on the podium. The photograph of John Carlos, Tommie Smith and Peter Norman has become the most iconic image of the modern Olympics. This is the story of how a boy from Coburg, Melbourne became caught up in a storm for racial justice in the USA and Australia.
Jane Saville - Australian Race Walker
Jane Saville was ready to set the Sydney Stadium alight for the second time in a matter of hours. Cathy Freeman had raced to Gold the night before and Saville was thriving in the glow when she found herself in the lead of the Women's 20km Race Walk. With only metres to go, Saville found herself faced with a third red card. This is the story of one of the most difficult decisions in race walking history.
Andres Escobar - A Lethal Own Goal
Andres Escobar was a quality international footballer. He had won domestic silverware and was now part of a promising Colombian national team who were heading for the World Cup Finals in the USA ranked fourth in the world. Even the Brazilian legend Pele tipped them as favourites. Under the pressure of huge expectations the Columbians underperformed and Escobar scored an own goal against the USA. The goal proved fatal to Columbia's chances of qualification and deadly to Escobar who was assassinated on his return to his home country. This is the story of Andres Escobar.