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18. Mary Decker Tripped Up by Zola Budd

Who: Zola Budd
Olympics: Los Angeles 1984

In the women’s 3,000 meter final of the 1984 Olympics, South African Zola Budd tried to move in front of American Mary Decker. Despite not having enough room to make the move cleanly, she went ahead anyway, tripped Decker to the ground and became a villain to all Americans. Decker, one of the most decorated American female runners of all-time and Sports Illustrated’s 1983 Sportsperson of the Year, fell and had to be helped off the track at the conclusion of the event. When Budd apologized after the race, Decker responded with “Don’t bother!” We’d be pretty pissed too.

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