London 2012

1992 - Barcelona

Linford Christie sprinted to 100m gold for Britain at an Olympic Games best remembered for America's basketball dream team.

In this year...

  • The end of apartheid allowed South Africa to return for the first time since 1960.
  • Paralympic archer Antonio Rebello lit the Olympic cauldron with a flaming arrow at the opening ceremony.
  • The Winter Olympics took place in Albertville, France - the final time both Summer and Winter Games have been held in the same year.
  • Badminton, baseball and women's judo made their Olympic debuts, while slalom canoeing returned after a 20-year absence.
  • The map of Europe was redrawn in the wake of the fall of communism with the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia all breaking up.
  • Queen Elizabeth II declared 1992 to have been an Annus Horribilis (horrible year) after the royal family suffered from several scandals and a Windsor Castle fire.
  • Rioting broke out in Los Angeles after four white police officers were acquitted of beating black motorist Rodney King.
  • Denmark were crowned European football champions, beating Germany 2-0 in the final in Gothenburg, including a rare goal from John Jensen.
  • Former heavyweight Mike Tyson is convicted of rape and sentenced to six years in prison.
  • The Maastricht treaty was signed, creating the European Union and laying the framework for a single currency.
  • Euro Disney opened in Paris.

For the first time professionals were allowed to compete and the United States included Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson among a roster packed with NBA all-stars.

They swept all before them, averaging 117 points in their eight matches and never even needing to take a time-out.

Christie's crowning moment on the track was one of two British athletics golds, Sally Gunnell providing the other in the 400m hurdles.

Chris Boardman and his revolutionary bike were the talk of the velodrome, the Liverpool rider storming to victory in the 4,000m individual pursuit.

Steve Redgrave's new coxless pairs partnership with Matthew Pinsent brought him gold for the third straight Olympics, while brothers Greg and Jonny Searle's triumph in the coxed pairs produced tears of joy from their cox Garry Herbert at the medal ceremony.

South Africa's participation for the first time in 60 years sat alongside a unified Germany and entries from former Soviet Union republics after the collapse of the communist administration.

Gymnast Vitaly Scherbo won six gold medals, including a record four in one day.

Medal Count

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Unified Team 45 38 29 112
2 United States 37 34 37 108
3 Germany 33 21 28 82
4 China 16 22 16 54
5 Cuba 14 6 11 31
6 Spain 13 7 2 22
7 Korea 12 5 12 29
8 Hungary 11 12 7 30
9 France 8 5 16 29
10 Australia 7 9 11 27

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