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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. Dramatic footage of Allan Wells winning the 1980 Olympic 100m final.

Questions & Activities


  • What 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 angles used?
  • What different jobs can you see people doing around the stadium?


Imagine an athlete's feelings before, during and after a big race. Write a story or monologue from their point of view.

Find out why some nations boycotted this Olympics. What other sports competitions have been boycotted and why?

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