The remarkable story of a South African barefoot runner; an American track and field prodigy and a journey behind the events of one of the most memorable moments in sporting history at the 1984 Olympics.


Filmmakers: Daniel Gordon
Year: 2016
Runtime: 90 mins
Country: UK
Format: HD


World-record-breaking American track and field prodigy Mary Decker and controversial South African teen runner Zola Budd were polar opposites, Mary was the wholesome star of American distance running and Zola was the barefoot teen hounded by anti-apartheid protestors. Their rivalry and meet in the 3000 metres run was hyped by the media as the event to watch at the 1984 Olympics. 32 years after that fateful meeting on the track, the real story of Mary Decker and Zola Budd is finally told. In their own words.


"An intriguing look at the ugly, inglorious side to the Olympics." ★★★★ - The Guardian

"Beautifully shot and brilliantly edited" - The Telegraph

"Brilliantly executed film" - Radio Times

"Mesmeric film detailing the collision course between Mary Decker and Zola Budd." - The Times


Director: Daniel Gordon

Producer: Karen Emsley

Executive producers: John Battsek, James Quinn, Celia Taylor

Editor: Matt Wyllie

Line Producer: Vivienne Steele

Original Music: Tim Atack

Director of Photography: Michael Timney