Britain’s athletes illuminated the city of lights in 1994 with a stellar showing at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Paris.
They took a rousing haul of five golds back across the Channel, only Russia managing more, to finish second in the medal table.
At the time this was their joint best return at the Championships – matching their efforts in The Hague in 1986, with Colin Jackson’s double gold leading the charge.
So our regular Throwback Thursday series gives us the perfect excuse to wind the clock back 24 years and relive a memorable three days in the French capital.
Jackson beats it
Approaching nine years on the senior circuit, Colin Jackson was a proven hurdler.
But the European Athletics Indoor Championships in 1994 saw him cross a barrier he never had before and despite a glittering career, never would ever again.
Jackson, 27 at the time, stormed to 60m sprint gold in 6.49 secs – then a competition and national record, his first and only international victory in a non-hurdles event.
He outlasted Greek Alexandros Terzian, a specialist sprinter, and compatriot Michael Rosswess whose bronze formed one of Britain’s magnificent seven medals.
The Welshman didn’t scrimp over the jumps, either, racing to gold in 7.41 secs to put the seal on a magical double at Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy.
Take it for Grant-ed
Larger-than-life high jumper Dalton Grant’s finest hour came in Paris when he produced a lifetime best to grab gold.
Born in Hackney to Jamaican parents, he quickly rose to become the first Briton to be ranked in the world’s top ten since 1950 in setting nine successive national records between 1988 and 1991.
Commonwealth Games silver in 1990 served notice of his talent but it would be in 1994 he really announced himself, jumping 2.37m in the final in France to claim victory.
That height was the best he’d ever produce, with his outdoor record standing at 2.36m, and better Jean-Charles Gicquel’s then-French record breaking effort of 2.35m.
A three-time competitor at the Olympic Games, Grant was known for his infectious enthusiasm in the field and he was rarely in more flamboyant form than that night in the French capital.
Natalya Dukhnova’s talent was never in question and one of the times she managed to utterly unfurl her ability on the big stage was the 1994 European Athletics Indoor Championships.
The Belarusian flattered to deceive at either end of her career, failing to reach the final at the 1993 and 1995 World Championships and falling at the first stage at the 2000 Olympics and 2001 Worlds.
But the fans that flocked to 12th arrondissement in 1994 received a glimpse of her potential to dominate the international stage.
Coming into the final straight, Dukhnova was locked in a head-to-head tussle with Ella Kovacs – a two-time European indoor champion with a vice grip over 800m after victories in 1985 and 1992.
The then-28-year-old turned on the afterburners to win a sprint finish with the Romanian, clocking 2:00.42 secs to finish 0.07 secs ahead of her rival – a performance worthy of a continental champion.
Stefka succeeds again
Simply put, no woman has ever leapt like Stefka Kostadinova.
The Bulgarian’s world record 2.09m jump shocked the world since 1987 and, incredibly, it still stands over 30 years since that year’s World Championships in Rome.
The Plovdiv-born star had few peers in her discipline and while towards the end of her time at the top in 1994, an assured gold at the European Athletics Indoor Championships followed.
She was matched until 1.98m, which she cleared on the second attempt, and neither compatriot Desislava Aleksandrova nor Austria’s Sigrid Kirchmann could match it.
Bulgaria’s one-two in the high jump was complemented by Yordanka Donkova’s 60 metres hurdles victory.