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No Easy Way (clip 2)

Allan Wells: One Man's Olympics

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Fly-on-the-wall documentary following the Edinburgh sprinter Allan Wells and his gruelling preparations for the 1980 Moscow Olympics, where he won Gold in the 100m and Silver in the 200m. Features footage of Wells training in Edinburgh, Australia, the Cote D'Azur and Moscow. Includes extensive interviews with him. Dramatic footage of Allan Wells winning the 1980 Olympic 100m final.

Questions & Activities


  • What different film techniques are used to create tension in the build-up to the race?
  • What different perspectives do we see the race from? Why are these used?
  • Why was Alan Wells in the outside lane?


English: Use the clip as stimulus for creative writing focusing on an athlete's feelings before, during and after a big race.

History / Geography: Find out why America, and some other nations boycotted this Olympics (and why others boycotted the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics).

Maths /History: Research great Scottish Olympians and create a bar chart of Scottish gold medals across time.

Health and Wellbeing / PE: Alan Wells won the 100m in 10.25 seconds, research where he would have come in the 2008 100m final.

Physical Education / Health and Wellbeing: Measure how far you can run in 10.25 seconds!

Physical Education: Why did the second placed runner get the same time as Alan Wells?

Maths / Physics: Calculate how fast Alan Wells must have been traveling (in km/h)

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-365-C
Resource Rights Holder Courtesy of Pelicular Films
Project Ref 4713
Date 1980
Genre Documentary
School Subject Health and Wellbeing, Physical Education, Mathematics, Physics, English, History
Who (athlete), Allan Wells (sprinter)
Where Edinburgh, Melbourne, Moscow
Event Olympic Games
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 4:29
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