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Legends in war of words

SUPERMAN: Daley Thompson

DALEY THOMPSON has ignited his dispute with Steve Redgrave as they both bid to light the cauldron at the Olympic Games opening ceremony on July 27.

The two-time gold medal winner suggested that rowing was less skilled than his own discipline of track and field.
This follows Redgrave’s comments that the decathlete was not one of Great Britain’s top Olympians in an article for the Evening Standard.

"Obviously, Daley was a great athlete. Some people, Seb Coe included, think he’s the best athlete ever. My personal view is that he doesn’t make the top five of great British Olympians. I’d put Seb [Coe] above him, and Kelly Holmes, certainly Ben Ainslie, and, all modesty aside, myself and Matt Pinsent."

The five-time gold medal winner continued: "I say that because, to me, athletes compete at the decathlon if they are great all-rounders instead of being supreme in one event."

When asked if he thought Redgrave should light the torch, Thompson, dubbed Superman during his heyday, replied: “I don’t think so. It depends on your opinion.”

When asked about his own chances, the decathlete said: “It would be an honour to do it. Nobody has told me that I am going to do it yet. I should be the most famous man on earth.

“I don't know what the criteria for doing it is. If I know what the criteria was or who was making the decision then it would be much easier to understand."

He added: "Why would there be rivalry? In my opinion Sebastian Coe is the second greatest Olympian, after myself.
Steve Redgrave is not in the same class as Seb Coe. He is a rower, but I think track and field is the toughest sport in the Olympics, which means the rewards are greater."

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