This is a rare sight… back then! Great late Grete Waitz conquers the women’s marathon in style

Local hero and world record holder Tiina Lillak launches a last-gasp 70.83m to snatch gold of the hands of Fatima Whitbread in the very last throw of the competition – enthralling drama in the women’s javelin!

Carl Lewis (USA) opens his golden treble with a comprehensive victory over world record holder Calvin Smith in the 100m, with Allan Wells slightly out of the medals

The ‘invincible’ Daley Thompson defies a groin injury and world record holder Jurgen Hingsen (FRG) to complete the grand slam in the decathlon, setting the ground on Day I…

…. before coming back to complete his triumph on Day II

Mary Decker (USA) stages an astonishing late rally to stun Zaitseva (RUS) to the 1500m gold right when the race was looking all over in a swift 4:00.90, completing an awesome 1500/3000m double

Steve Cram comes on top over a highly tactical men’s 1500m in style ahead of Steve Scott (USA) and Said Aouita (MAR), with Steve Ovett missing out

Marita Koch (CDR) wins the 200m from a very young Merlene Ottey (JAM) and Kathy Cook

Yarmila Kratochvilova (CZE) creeps under 48 secs, first woman ever in history, to a world record of 47.99 secs over 400m


British medalists

Golds (2): Steve Cram (1500), Daley Thompson (Decathlon)

Silvers (2): Fatima Whitbread (javelin), Great Britain Women’s 4×100 (Joan Baptiste, Kathy Cook, Bev Callender, Shirley Thomas)

Bronzes (3): Colin Reitz (3000mSC), Kathy Smallwood-Cook (200), Great Britain Men’s 4×400 (Ainsley Bennett, Gary Cook, Todd Bennett, Phil Brown)


World Championships 1983 Results – Top 8