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Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 December, 2004, 17:50 GMT
Superstars 2003 flashback
wiZZwam Photographic: Du'aine Ladejo
2003 men's champion:
Du'aine Ladejo
2003 women's champions:
Zoe Baker & Lesley McKenna
The thrilling return of Superstars in 2003 saw Du'aine Ladejo, Lesley Mckenna and Zoe Baker walking away with a share of the top honours.

Track star Ladejo won the men's event, carrying his form from the heats into the eight-man final to clinch victory.

But the 400m runner did not have it all his own way, having to hold off a strong challenge from skier Alain Baxter and fellow athlete Jamie Baulch.

Swimmer Baker and snowboarder McKenna shared the spoils in the women's event.

Both finished the competition with scores of 37.5, just half a point ahead of tennis ace Annabelle Croft.

In the men's showdown a performance of power and consistency won Du'aine Ladejo the title of Superstars champion 2003.

The versatile track athlete eased through the heats after winning events in the pool, on the football pitch and in the gym.

Baxter, Greg Searle, and Steve Claridge won the other heats to join Ladejo in the final, along with qualifying runners up Baulch, Tony Underwood, Phil de Glanville and former junior Superstar Graham Bell.

wiZZwam Photographic: Zoe Baker (left) and Lesley McKenna are joint winners
But the eventual champion certainly felt the pressure in the final, winning only the 100m after a good-humoured and desperately close sprint-out with Baulch.

Baulch picked up victories in the pool and - surprisingly - on the football field, but let himself down in the skill events of tennis and archery to finish third.

Baxter came through to finish second with a late surge, excelling in the gym tests - where he equalled the squat thrust tally of his cousin Lesley McKenna - and on the mountain bikes.

In the women's special, Baker and McKenna needed to come second in the dreaded bike race to deprive Croft of overall victory.

And television replays could not seperate the pair as they finished joint runners-up behind triathlete Leanda Cave in that last event.

The result was harsh on Croft, who had dazzled spectators with her effortless ability at the skill events.



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