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Tessa Sanderson

Despite having to work in an office for a living, Wolverhampton's Tessa Sanderson is tipped to be the greatest javelin thrower ever.

Non-Fiction 1977 7 mins

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With no sponsor and living at home in Wolverhampton Tessa Sanderson seemed an unlikely prospect for Olympic glory. But her drive and determination by 1977 had already taken her within a whisker of the javelin world record even though she had not won a major event. She had five more Olympic appearances ahead of her, including her gold medal success at Los Angeles in 1984, when she spoke to Lynda Berry of ATV Today.