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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.
The second European final was expanded to nine athletes who were competing at the Ahoy Stadium in Rotterdam for the crown of Superstars champion. The competitors were defending Champion Kjell Isaksson (Swedish athlete). Guy Drut (French athlete), John Conteh (British boxer), Gareth Edwards (British Rugby Union player), Johan Granath (Swedish Speed Skater), Ivo Van Damme (Belgium athlete), Corky Bell (Belgium basketball player), Karl Schnabl (Austria Skier), Franck Nusse (Holland hurdler), Ruud Krol (Holland footballer), Marco Ostarcevic (French basketball player).
The athletes took places in 100 metres, 800 metres cycling, gym tests, 50 metres swimming, pistol shooting, 150 metres canoeing, table tennis, penalty shoot-out, weightlifting and 600 metres steeplechase.
Production credit - BBC Television
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