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Our top five… streets named after athletes

Posted at 10:58 am, April 18, 2012 in News, Olympics & Paralympics, Secret London

Top five...Streets named after athletes ©RobGreig

London’s streets might not be paved with gold, but there’s a fair few dedicated to gold medal winners. Take a walk down five roads which are flying the flag for the Olympics…

1 Daley Thompson Way, SW8

Although the former Olympic gold-winning and world-record-breaking decathlete was born and lived in Notting Hill, it has been left to a pleasant Lambeth cul-de-sac to honour the great man.

2 Bobby Moore Subway, Wembley Stadium

That dingy tunnel from Wembley Park Station to the old stadium is long gone but, rather more fittingly, the new stadium boasts a 20ft bronze statue of the genius that was Bobby. (Alternatively, there’s this fetching slip road onto the North Circular.)

3 Tessa Sanderson Way, Greenford

No one knows what this former Olympic javelin thrower and heptathlete has got to do with Greenford as she grew up in Wolverhampton. But now she is immortalised there forever.

4 Redgrave Road, SW15

The gold-winning Olympic rower Sir Steve Redgrave hails from Buckinghamshire but the tribute is appropriate, given that Putney is the centre of London’s rowing universe.

5 Ovett Close, SE19

Steve Ovett, the middle-distance runner who won 800m gold at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, is celebrated on this Crystal Palace street – just a stone’s throw from the athletics stadium. Dhanya Nair

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