Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter
This video is part of a series that chronicles the history of the Olympic Games and the dramatic stories of the athletes and countries represented. The series captures the essence of the fierce competition, as athletes strive for perfection in individual and group events. This episode features the keen competition in the 800-meter track event, where fast pace requires the supreme exercise of body and will. Some of the great moments in the event's history are captured on archival film footage. Included are the achievements of Peter Snell, lberto Juantorena, Steve Ovett, and Joaquim Cruz.