OLYMPICS / Barcelona 1992: Quotes of the week

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As soon as I saw the Red Cross people coming towards me with their stretcher, that was it. It was animal instinct - get up and run. There was no way I was going to be carried out of the Olympics. Derek Redmond on his struggle to the line after pulling up in his 400 metres semi-final.

It was the strongest and fastest I have ever felt. Sally Gunnell, 400m hurdles gold medallist.

Until we conceded the fourth goal we outplayed the Australians. Bernie Cotton, British men's hockey manager, after 6-0 defeat.

When a man runs 25 laps it is possible to go crazy; you lose your control. Boutayeb and I are friends as Moroccans but enemies on the track. Khalid Skah, controversial 10,000m winner, denies collusion with Hammou Boutayeb.

I didn't know who they were. I just thought 'couldn't they have waited a bit?' Jennifer Capriati on the arrival of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia during her victory over Arantxa Sanchez.

It was so close out there it was like dying. Mike Powell, long jump loser to Carl Lewis by three centimetres.

There are all sorts of drugs for treating asthma. Athletes are not calves for goodness' sake. Prince Alexandre de Merode, president of the International Medical Commission, on the steroid, Clenbuterol, used to fatten up cattle.

The sun will be out tomorrow, and the stars will be out tonight. It was only a race. Michael Johnson, after losing his 200m semi-final.

Chris Maume

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