7:00pm Wednesday 11 July on BBC TWO
BBC Two’s history of the Olympics tells the story of the blue-riband event of any Games – the 1500 metres, or metric mile.
This was the race that gave Britain its finest Olympic hour in Los Angeles in 1984, when three British legends competed for gold – Sebastian Coe, Steve Ovett and Steve Cram.
Travelling to the many and varied environments that have helped shape the greatest 1500m runners – from the forests of Finland to the beaches of Australia, from the city streets and country lanes of Britain to the high altitude terrains of Kenya and Morocco – it reveals that although the race is run on a track, it is ultimately won on punishing training runs in natural landscapes.
With contributions from some of the greatest Olympians ever to run the 1500m – Kip Keino, Herb Elliot, Peter Snell, Sebastian Coe and the current world record holder Hicham El Guerrouj – the programme shows that to win 1500m gold athletes need the stamina of marathon runners, the explosive speed of the best sprinters and ?astute tactical brains.