Daley Thompson(1958-), Decathlete; Olympian
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Athlete and world decathlon champion; won his first major title, gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, in 1978; subsequent gold medals include the Olympic Games (1980 and 1984), Commonwealth Games (1982) and World Championships (1983). Thompson won his third Commonwealth title in 1986. In 1987 he suffered his first decathlon defeat for nine years when he finished ninth in the World Championships, and at his fourth Olympics in Seoul in 1988 he finished fourth. Selected for the Commonwealth Games team for the fourth time in 1990, he withdrew due to injury. He retired in 1992 due to a persistent hamstring injury. He won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, was awarded the MBE in 1982, the OBE in 1986, and the CBE in 2000.