Sunday 27 July 1986

Now this was the year of the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, don’t know if you remember?  According to my diary I paid it no heed at all until today, but I know for a fact that I would have been glued to the telly watching it.  In point of fact, the games had started on 24 July and would run until 2 August and were plagued by political controversy as many African, Asian and Caribbean countries boycotted the event due to the Thatcher Government’s attitude towards sporting contact with the then outcast (due to its system of Apartheid), South Africa.

But enough of that nonsense, today was the day when the Decathlon started and that meant only one man – Daley Thompson.

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