Daley Thompson: an often overlooked Olympian, despite his handlebar moustache
I rarely (if ever) post about sport. But today’s piece by Simon Hattenstone on the great double Decathlon gold medalists, Daley Thompson, struck a chord. Hattenstone is astounded that Thompson has been overlooked in the poll of greatest British Olympians by the UK lottery operators, Camelot. Daley, something of a childhood hero, didn’t even make the shortlist. Hattenstone asks: how come?
“The man not only won gold, he won it twice. He not only won it twice, he won it at the toughest event – the decathlon. Over 100m, 400m, 1500m, 110m hurdles, high jump, pole vault, long jump, discus, javelin and shot put, he beat the world – time and again. His 1984 Olympic record stood for eight years and is still a UK record, and he was the first athlete simultaneously to hold Olympic, Commonwealth, European and world titles in a single event. He might have won a third gold in 1988 if he’d not been injured. Amazingly, he achieved all this with a handlebar moustache.”