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Our 1980s Sport Quiz


  1. Whose rivalry with Jurgen Hingsen was legendary in sport throughout the 1980s?
  2. In Test cricket, which year's Ashes series is popularly known as Botham's Ashes?
  3. By winning The Open Championship at Royal St George's Golf Club in 1985, who became the first British winner since Tony Jacklin in 1969?
  4. Who was undefeated in 31 fights when he lost to Mike Tyson in a mere 91 seconds in 1988?
  5. 'The Hand of God' goal by Diego Maradona in a quarter-final match between Argentina and England took place in which city?
  6. Who did New Zealand beat in the final of the first ever rugby world cup?

  7. Who won the men's gold medal in the 800 metres athletic's final at the 1980 Olympic Games? Which city hosted these games?
  8. What did Greg LeMond win in 1986 and Stephen Roche in 1987?
  9. Who kissed the trophy, waved his 'cue above his head', and wagged his finger in 1985?
  10. Which words used in a famous outburst from his match against Tom Gullikson at the 1981 Wimbledon Championships did John McEnroe reuse for the title of his 2002 book?
  11. Who was stripped of his gold medals in the 1987 World Championships and 1988 Summer Olympics after being disqualified for cheating?
  12. Petra Felke became the Olympic Champion in 1988 and broke the world record four times between 1985 and 1988 in which athletics event?
  13. In 1984 Steve Jones set a world record in the marathon, in his first completed race at that distance, in which city?
  14. Who gained the record for the longest successful kick in a rugby international test match during the 1986 Five Nations Championship at Cardiff Arms Park?
  15. Who was tripped by Zola Budd at the 1984 Olympics?
  16. Who beat reigning WBA featherweight champion, Eusebio Pedroza, at Loftus Road football stadium in 1985?
  17. Which nation's bobsleigh team at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary lead to the creation of a Disney film five years later? What was the name of the film?
  18. In which city was Betty Callaway on February 14, 1984? And what was her job there?
  19. Which swimmer won the gold medal in the 100-metre men's breaststroke at the 1988 Summer Olympics? And which city hosted these Olympics?
  20. Which footballer accepted an offer to sign for Italian club Juventus on 2 July 1986 for a British record transfer fee of just over 3 million pounds?
  21. In 1988, who set a record for the heptathlon, only to win another gold medal five days later with another record-setting performance in the long jump?
  22. In football, which English club beat Bayern Munich in the final to win the 1982 European Cup? And who scored the only goal?
  23. Who held the British record from 1980 to 1988 in the women's 100 metre hurdles?
  24. Who won the Women's Javelin Throwing event at the 1984 Summer Olympics: Tessa Sanderson or Fatima Whitbread?
  25. Why was a 25lb cannon fired at 9am on March 29, 1981?


  1. Daley Thompson
  2. 1981
  3. Sandy Lyle
  4. Michael Spinks
  5. Mexico City (1986, at the Azteca Stadium)
  6. France (29–9, in 1987)
  7. Steve Ovett. Moscow. (Note: Sebastian Coe won the 800 metres silver. A few days later in the 1500 metres final Coe won gold and Ovett took bronze.)
  8. Tour de France
  9. Dennis Taylor (Snooker's Taylor beat Steve Davis on the last black of the last frame in a match watched by a peak live TV audience of 18.5 million.)
  10. You cannot be serious!
  11. Ben Johnson (100 metres Canadian sprinter)
  12. Javelin
  13. Chicago (with a time of 2:08:05)
  14. Paul Thorburn (with a penalty kick measuring exactly 64.2 metres (over 70 yards) against Scotland.)
  15. Mary Decker (Note: British discus thrower Richard Slaney is remembered for carrying his fiancee Mary Decker from the track.)
  16. Barry McGuigan
  17. Jamaica. The film was called Cool Runnings.
  18. Sarajevo. Her job was Torvill and Dean's (ice dancing) coach.
  19. Adrian Moorhouse. Seoul. (Note: Britain's Duncan Goodhew won Olympic gold in the same event in 1980.)
  20. Ian Rush
  21. Jackie Joyner-Kersee
  22. Aston Villa. Peter Withe.
  23. Shirley Strong
  24. Tessa Sanderson
  25. To start the first ever London Marathon.