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Encyclopedia > Daley Thompson
Medal record
Olympic Games
Men’s Athletics
Gold 1980 Moscow Decathlon
Gold 1984 Los Angeles Decathlon
World Championships
Gold 1983 Helsinki Decathlon
European Championships
Silver 1978 Prague Decathlon
Gold 1982 Athens Decathlon
Gold 1986 Stuttgart Decathlon
Commonwealth Games
Gold 1978 Edmonton Decathlon
Gold 1982 Brisbane Decathlon
Gold 1986 Edinburgh Decathlon
Silver 1986 Edinburgh 4x100m

Francis Morgan Thompson, CBE (born July 30, 1958 in Worcester Park), known commonly as Daley Thompson, is a former English decathlete and arguably the greatest the world had ever seen. He is of Nigerian and Scottish heritage. Athletics has been contested at every Summer Olympics since the birth of the modern Olympic movement at the 1896 Summer Olympics. ... Badge, released in the USSR The 1980 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXII Olympiad, were held in Moscow in the Soviet Union. ... Athletics at the 1980 Summer Olympics was represented by 38 events. ... Music sample: Olympic Fanfare and Theme ( file info) — composed by John Williams for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles Problems listening to the file? See media help. ... Athletics Medal Winners at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics Mens medal winners Women’s Medal Winners External links Zola Budd Categories: ‪1984 Summer Olympics events‬ | ‪Athletics at the Olympics‬ ... The inaugural World Championships in Athletics were run under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations and were held at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, Finland between August 7 and August 14. ... The 12th European Championships in Athletics were held in Prague, a city in Czechoslovakia. ... The 13th European Championships in Athletics were in held at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, a city in Greece. ... The 14th European Championships in Athletics. ... The 1978 Commonwealth Games were held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada // Medals by country Countries which won medals Medals by event Athletics Bowls Boxing Cycling Track Road Gymnastics Artistic Shooting Pistol Rifle Shotgun Swimming Diving Swimming Diving Weightlifting Wrestling Badminton External link 1978 Commonwealth Games - Commonwealth Games official website Categories: | | ... For the XIIth Commonwealth Games the cities of Lagos (Nigeria), Brisbane(Australia), Kuala Lumpur (wins 1998 games) (Malaysia) and Birmingham (England) all interested in presenting their candidatures. ... The 1986 Commonwealth Games were held in Edinburgh, Scotland. ... The 1986 Commonwealth Games were held in Edinburgh, Scotland. ... Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions, in order of seniority: Knight or Dame Grand Cross... July 30 is the 211th day (212th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 154 days remaining. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Worcester Park is a suburb of London, England and a ward in the extreme north west of the London Borough of Sutton. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... // The Decathlon Day 1: 100 m long jump shot put High Jump 400 m Day 2: 110m hurdles discus throw pole vault javelin throw 1500 m Decathlon sprouted from the ancient game pentathlon. ...


Thompson won consecutive gold medals at the 1980 and 1984 Olympic Games, and broke the world record for the event four times. His best score in the event was set in the 1984 Olympic competition at 8847 points, a world record that stood for nine years and an Olympic record that stood for twenty years until the Czech athlete Roman Šebrle scored 8893 points in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. He competed for an unprecedented third Olympic decathlon gold at the 1988 Seoul games, but was severely hampered by injury and could only finish fourth. Thompson was the first athlete to simultaneously hold Olympic, Commonwealth, European and World titles in a single event. Badge, released in the USSR The 1980 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXII Olympiad, were held in Moscow in the Soviet Union. ... Music sample: Olympic Fanfare and Theme ( file info) — composed by John Williams for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles Problems listening to the file? See media help. ... A world record is the best performance in a certain discipline, usually a sports event. ... Roman Å ebrle (born 26 November 1974 in LanÅ¡kroun) is an athlete from the Czech Republic. ... The 2004 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad, were held in Athens, Greece, from August 13 to August 29, 2004. ... The 1988 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIV Olympiad, were held in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. ... A womens 400m hurdles race on a typical outdoor red rubber track. ... Current flag of the Commonwealth Games Federation Locations of the games, and participating countries The Commonwealth Games is a multinational, multi-sport event. ... The European Championships in Athletics is an event organized by the European Athletic Association. ... The World Championships in Athletics is an event organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations. ...


His rivalry with German athlete Jürgen Hingsen was legendary in the sport throughout the 1980s. The pair consistently traded world records, but Thompson always had the upper hand in the major events, remaining undefeated in all competitions for nine years between 1979 and 1987. Jürgen Hingsen (born January 25, 1958 in Duisburg) is a former (West) German decathlete who won several medals at international championships in the 1980s. ...


He was a natural showman who endeared himself to the British public with his irreverent personality, notably when he nervelessly whistled the British national anthem God Save the Queen after receiving his gold medal in 1984. Afterwards, he famously sent a message to friends back home via a TV interview by showing his medal and saying I've got the Big G, boys - the Big G! A national anthem is a generally patriotic musical composition that is evoking and eulogizing the history, traditions and struggles of its people, recognized either by a nations government as the official national song, or by convention through use by the people. ... God Save the King/Queen is a patriotic hymn, and the National Anthem and Royal Anthem of the United Kingdom. ...


Sometimes his behaviour caused offence, not least when he refused to carry the English flag at the opening ceremony of the 1982 Commonwealth Games, claiming that the effort required participating in the four-and-a-half hour ceremony would reduce his chances of winning his event. He won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award the same year. Making his acceptance speech during the live broadcast of the programme Thompson uttered an obscenity, which caused media comment. Despite this, he was awarded the OBE in 1983, followed by a CBE in 2000. This article is about a flag referring to the particular region of the U.K. properly known as England. ... For the XIIth Commonwealth Games the cities of Lagos (Nigeria), Brisbane(Australia), Kuala Lumpur (wins 1998 games) (Malaysia) and Birmingham (England) all interested in presenting their candidatures. ... The BBC Sports Personality of the Year award is given to one sportsman or sportswoman, usually British, every year. ... Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire (Military division) The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority... Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire (Military division) The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority...


Thompson's name was used for three officially licensed home computer games by Ocean Software in the 1980s: Daley Thompson's Decathlon, Daley Thompson's Supertest, and Daley Thompson's Olympic Challenge. The familiar Ocean logotype had an often prominent placement on the box art and is recognized by many people. ...


Since retiring from athletics in 1992, Thompson has been associated with various football clubs and also had stints as a television presenter. However, he will always be remembered as one of the world's greatest ever athletes, who single-handedly transformed the decathlon from obscurity to an event of national and international interest. A womens 400m hurdles race on a typical outdoor red rubber track. ... Football (soccer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...


References

Olympic champions in the all around, pentathlon and decathlon
As all-around: Tom Kiely
As pentathlon: Hjalmer Mellander | Jim Thorpe | Eero Lehtonen (twice)
As decathlon: Jim Thorpe | Helge Løvland | Harold Osborn | Paavo Yrjölä | James Bausch | Glenn Morris | Bob Mathias (twice) | Milt Campbell | Rafer Johnson | Willi Holdorf | Bill Toomey | Nikolay Avilov | Bruce Jenner | Daley Thompson (twice) | Christian Schenk | Robert Změlík | Dan O'Brien | Erki Nool | Roman Šebrle
Post-war British Olympic champions in men's athletics
1956: Chris Brasher (3000 m steeplechase) | 1960: Don Thompson (50 km walk) | 1964: Ken Matthews (20 km walk) | 1964: Lynn Davies (long jump) | 1968: David Hemery (400 m hurdles) 1980: Allan Wells (100 m) | 1980: Steve Ovett (800 m) | 1980 & 1984: Sebastian Coe (1500 m) | 1980 & 1984: Daley Thompson (decathlon) | 1992: Linford Christie (100 m) | 2000: Jonathan Edwards (triple jump) | 2004: Jason Gardener, Darren Campbell, Marlon Devonish & Mark Lewis-Francis (4 x 100 m relay)
Preceded by
Ian Botham
BBC Sports Personality of the Year
1982
Succeeded by
Steve Cram
Preceded by
Sebastian Coe
United Press International
Athlete of the Year

1982
Succeeded by
Carl Lewis

  Results from FactBites:
 
Daley Thompson Summary (1920 words)
Daley Thompson was born Francis Ayodele Thompson in London, the son of a Nigerian cab driver and a Scottish mother.
Francis Morgan Thompson, CBE (born July 30, 1958 in London, England), known commonly as Daley Thompson, is a former English decathlete.
Thompson was the first athlete to simultaneously hold Olympic, Commonwealth, European and World titles in a single event.
Daley Thompson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (345 words)
Francis Morgan "Daley" Thompson, born July 30th, 1958 in London, England, is a former British decathlete.
Thompson won consecutive gold medals at the 1980 and 1984 Olympic Games, and broke the world record for the event four times.
Thompson was the first athlete to simultaneously hold Olympic, Commonwealth, European and World titles in a single event.
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