Following the US led boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games there was a similar, some might say, ‘complimentary’ boycott of the Los Angles Olympics, led by the USSR. British athletes had competed in 1980 and would do so again in 1984.
The total of 37 medals (5G, 11S, 21B) was an improvement on 1980’s total (in itself the best performance since 1956). The five gold medals were won by Seb Coe (1500m – Steve Cram finished with silver); Daley Thompson (Decathlon); Tessa Sanderson (Javelin – Fatima Whitbread won bronze); Men’s Coxed Fours (Adrian Ellison (cox), Steve Redgrave, Andy Holmes, Richard Budgett and Martin Cross) and Malcolm Cooper (Men’s small bore rifle – three positions).
Neil Adams again won silver on the judo mat, as did the men’s 4 x 400m relay team, featuring Kriss Akabusi, Todd Bennett, Phil Brown, and Garry Cook. Shirley Strong also won silver in the women’s 100m hurdles. Kathy Cook won two bronze medals, one in the women’s 400m and the other in the 4 x 100m relay team along with Beverley Goddard-Callender, Heather Hunte and Simmone Jacobs. Swimmer Sarah Hardcastle won a silver and a bronze in the pool.
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