The story of the Kenyan runner who gave up on track at Sydney

Image copyright Marie-Thérèse Lanvin Image caption The film will be in cinemas from 15 September

A new documentary chronicles one of sport’s greatest never-to-be-forgotten stories.

Anne Dunham marked her Olympic debut at the Sydney Games in 2000 by winning one of the greatest sprinters in history.

Yet, just 11 years later, her dream was shattered when she gave birth to her daughter, Hally, and finally conceded defeat to her husband, Mo Farah.

In Anne’s Song, acclaimed journalist Anne-Marie Dyckhoff tells the story of the sprinter whose fiery football dreams took her to Europe and the Home Nations and who only built her world-beating athletics career on a back-up plan.

It includes footage of Dunham competing on her home soil and goes on to tell the story of her husband’s glorious triumph over long distance running.

It’s the 20th anniversary of the Olympic Games, but we can still feel the impact of the athlete who became one of the stars of Sydney 2000. Anne wasn’t just one of the first African-Caribbean women to compete at the Games, but she became the symbol for inner-city girls who, whether dreaming of more medals or further education, need mentors, encouragement and support.

The documentary had its UK premiere at London’s BFI Southbank on 13 August and will be showing in cinemas from 15 September.

Anne’s Song is screening in cinemas nationwide, and will be available to buy on iTunes, Amazon and other on demand platforms from 29 August.

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