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Last Updated: Wednesday, 9 June, 2004, 16:03 GMT 17:03 UK
Olympic countdown: 63 days
A bald swimmer battled for gold in 63 seconds

Duncan Goodhew starts the 100m breaststroke final in Moscow
Goodhew starts the 100m breaststroke final in Moscow
Duncan Goodhew's time of 63.44 seconds might not have been the fastest time for the 100m breaststroke in 1980, but it was good enough for gold in Moscow.

A fall from a tree at the age of 10 led to hair loss that left him bald and, combined with his dyslexia, meant he had been teased at school.

But he fought against all obstacles with total determination to become an Olympic champion.

He beat Latvian Arsens Miskarovs by 0.38 seconds to achieve his dream.

His mother was in the audience and, despite the noise in the stadium, Goodhew said he "seemed to hear her voice above all others".

It had been a different story four years earlier when he had made the final, along with eventual silver medallist David Wilkie, only to come seventh.

And his appearance in 1980, where he also won a bronze in the 4x100m medley relay, was his last Olympics.

He was awarded an MBE for his services to sport in 1981, the same year he also, somewhat bizarrely, chosen for one of the British two-man bobsleigh teams for the European Championships in Austria.

Goodhew has continued his passion for sporting achievement since he ended his own career, researching and developing a sports strategy for kids and setting up the Youth Sports Trust in 1994.

He is the president of the charity Swimathon and has used his own life's experiences to help him become a renowned motivational speaker.

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