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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 1974 Final was again made over two days at Crystal Palace with prize money of £9,000 and the Wilkinson Sword Trophy. Competitors were: Hemery, returning as defending champion, boxers John Conteh and John H. Stracey, England cricket captain Tony Greig, yachtsman Chay Blyth and footballers colin Bell and Mike Channon. The events the athletes participated in were the 100 metres, weightlifting, pistol shooting, one hundred metres freestyle, cricket, gym tests, rowing, football, cycling and the four hundred metres steeplechase.
Production credit - BBC Television in association with TWI
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