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BBC Superstars was an all-around sports competition that pitted elite athletes from different sports against one another in a series of athletic events resembling a decathlon. The format was originally developed in the USA before the BBC made it own version filmed at the National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace in August 1973 for later broadcast on New Year's Eve of the same year. The inurgral competition was captured by former 400 metre hurdles Olympic champion David Hemery. It was presented by David Vine with commentary by Ron Pickering. The show proved so popular that versions ran through and Europe and American until 1985.
1980 saw the first British Challenge of the Champions for the Ferguson Trophy at the Bracknall Sports Centre. Eight previous British winners of 'Superstars'fought out to be crowned all time Superstar champion. The competitors were David Hemery (athlete) , Malcolm Macdonald (footballer), John Conteh (boxing), Tim Crooks (oarsman), John Sherwood (athlete), Keith Fielding (rugby league), Lyn Davies (athlete) and Brian Jacks (judo). Also Kevin Keegan relives his famous bycle crash in Bracknell in 1976.
The athletes took part in ten events - 50 metres swimming, basketball, crossbow, gym tests, weightlifting, canoeing, 100 metres, penalty shoot-out, 800 metres cycling and 600 metres steeplechase.
Production credit - BBC Television
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