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Paul Murphy Paul Murphy 08:00, Monday, 30 January 2012

Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands finishes first in the Women's 100m during the XIV Olympic Games

Fanny Blankers-Koen, far right, of the Netherlands finishes first in the Women's 100m during
the XIV Olympic Games Circa August of 1948 in London

Clare Balding's new 30 part series on sport in Britain starts today at 1.45pm on BBC Radio 4 after the World at One. The first part looks at the Rise of Olympism while tomorrow Clare visits Broad Halfpenny Down in Hampshire, regarded by many as the birthplace of cricket.

The series is also available to listen to online as well as a downloadable podcast.

Paul Murphy is the editor of the Radio 4 blog


  • Comment number 1.

    Any photos of a British athlete winning an event to perhaps help inspire athletes out in the blazing cold at 4am in pursuit of their dreams with even their coaches tucked up in bed?

  • Comment number 2.

    Having listened to the programme on cricket I am confused as to whether this series is about sport and the British or sport and the English. Did cricket really spread throughout the UK as early as was implied?

  • Comment number 3.

    Having listened to the first programme, I was a bit miffed that Charles Bennett was not mentioned with regard to Paris Olympics in 1900. He was the very first Great Briton to win an Olympic Gold Medal for track and field for his 1500m in 4.06.2 minutes. He was born in 1870 in Shapwick in Dorset and worked as a train driver on the Bournemouth to Waterloo line. His local nickname was "The Shapwick Express". On 22nd July 2012 there will be a Charles Bennett Olympic Mile Race Day in his honour in Shapwick with 8 races open to all classes, ages and abilities, including a Village Race, the Paralympic mile, an elite race (by invitation) and an Open Race. Visit www.shapwick.com for further information


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