At the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, Sally Gunnell cemented herself as an icon of British Track and Field with her resounding victory.

After finishing fifth in the 400m hurdles final at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Gunnell headed on a three year journey to reach her optimum for the 1992 Games.

Winning the Commonwealth title in 1990, she entered 1991 as the one to beat, beating her own UK record for the event three times, her fastest coming at the World Championships in Tokyo.

Her gold at the Barcelona Games, running 53.23 and blowing away the competition, confirmed her status as a Team GB trailblazer.

She also helped Team GB to a further medal at the Games, her lap anchoring the team that claimed bronze in the 4x400m relay.

1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. Athletics- Women's 400 Metres Hurdles final. Great Britain's Sally Gunnell shows off her gold medal as she stands on the podium for the National Anthem after the race. 5th August 1992. (Image: Mirrorpix)

Despite an incredibly successful Games, Gunnell hadn’t quite finished yet and entered 1993 at her peak to set the world record for the 400m hurdles at the World Championships, helping her to go on and further defend her Commonwealth titles and her World Cup title.

She is the only ever British female athlete to have won Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth titles, being awarded an MBE and OBE in recognition of her achievements.

After a recurring achilles tendon injury, she took the decision to retire in 1997, now working as an ambassador in partnership with UK athletics.

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