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Babashoff and Co vindicated and celebrated through The Last Gold as Ford reflects on unique Olympic swim win over East German dopers

Babashoff and Co vindicated and celebrated through The Last Gold as Ford reflects on unique Olympic swim win over East German dopers

As the Rio 2016 swimming programme got underway this weekend, the ripples were still spreading from the August 1 premiere airing at the Los Angeles Film Festival of The Last Gold.

This is a documentary on the victory earned by the United States women’s 4x100 metre freestyle team at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, against the East German athletes who otherwise swept the board at those Games through what we now know were illegal means.


The Refugee Olympic Team - ten individuals with grief and courage in common, ready to make Games history in Rio

The Refugee Olympic Team - ten individuals with grief and courage in common, ready to make Games history in Rio

The 2016 Rio Games are already unique. No other Games in modern history has had its build-up vexed by such a bewildering mass of political frictions, economic shocks and doping controversies. But as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad shift into delivery mode with Friday’s Opening Ceremony, there is the guarantee of something beautiful being presented to the watching world.