Guest Star Portraits
Daley Thompson by David Buckland

Many people define Daley Thompson as Englands greatest athelete Born in Worcester Park, England in 1958 he is of Nigerian and Scottish heritage. He is a former decathelete from England winning the decathlongold medal at the Olympic Games in 1980 amd 1984, breaking the world record for the event four times.

After winning two Olympic decathlon gold medals in 1980 and 1984, Thompson competed for an usprecedented third Olympic decathlon gold at the 1988 Seoul Games but was hampered by injury and could only finish fourth.


Thompson was the first athelete to simultaneously hold Olympic Commonwealth, European and World titles in a single event.


Daley Thompson by David Buckland 
© National Portrait Gallery, London