Ukrainian modern pentathlete Boris Onishchenko was thought to be the finest fencer on the Soviet Union team at Montreal 1976.
He defeated Great Britain's Adrian Parker during his first bout but the victory unsettled British captain, Jim Fox, who was watching from the sidelines.
He said afterwards: "I came here to prove that I'm the best in the world and I did that.
I came here with a plan and I executed it." The Berlin 1936 Games were meant to be Adolf Hitler's stage.
At a time when black people were still denied equal rights in many parts of the United States, Owens' success was a victory against racism as he returned home a national hero.
It seems hard to believe now, but in 1960 the legendary Muhammad Ali was just a little-known 18-year-old going by the name of Cassius Clay when he competed at the Rome Olympics as a light heavyweight.
The Jamaican sprinter not only confirmed his status as the fastest man on the planet, but he did it without breaking a sweat. Bolt smashed his own world record, crossing the line in 9.69 seconds.Prior to her victory, the host nation had disappointed and Freeman, who lit the flame at the opening ceremony, represented their last chance of glory.She finished the race in 49.13 seconds and ran her victory lap carrying both the Aboriginal and Australian flags - despite the fact that unofficial flags at the Olympics were banned.However, such was the magnitude of her feat that the judging equipment was not set up to properly display the four digits of a 10.00 score, so the scoreboard simply showed 1.00 instead.She earned a total of seven perfect 10.00s during the Games, on her way to capturing the all-around, beam and bars titles and a bronze medal in the floor exercise.
He only participated in Italy as a late replacement for compatriot Wami Biratu, who was forced to withdraw after breaking his ankle.