Having finished third in the Olympic final in 1984 - a race won by Carl Lewis - Ben Johnson arrived at the 1988 Games in Seoul, South Korea, hoping to defeat his main rival on athletics' grandest stage Photograph: Popperfoto
Bob Beamon's Perfect Jump - Forget that Bob Beamon's long jump world record at the 1968 Mexico Olympics remained intact for almost 23 years, forget that it might have been the perfect jump. This was a leap so awe-inspiring that the measuring device became useless. The tape was called on for assistance. Beamon made us rethink what was humanly possible.