1984 — The much anticipated matchup between American world champion Mary Decker and South African Zola Budd in the women’s 3000-meter race at the Los Angeles Olympics ends in controversy. Just past the midpoint of the race, Decker steps on Budd’s heel, causing Budd to stumble and Decker to trip over Budd. Budd gets back into the race and Decker goes down with an injured thigh. Romania’s Maricica Puica, who had set the fastest time in 1984, wins the race and Budd finishes seventh.
American distance runner Mary Decker falls to the side of the track midway through the race as other runners in the Olympic women's 3,000-meter run past on Friday, Aug. 10, 1984 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The runners, from left, are: Wendy Sly (175) and Zola Budd (151), both of Great Britain, and Romania's Maricica Puica (316), the ultimate gold medalist. (AP Photo/Tenenbaum)