The next installment of ESPN Films’ and espnW’s Nine for IX series premieres tonight at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN. “Runner” tells the story of American distance runner Mary Decker’s long-delayed Olympic debut at the 1984 Los Angeles Games. An unforgettable collision with Great Britain’s Zola Budd during the race prevented either runner from earning a medal and changed the course of both careers.
“Runner” director Shola Lynch is a documentary filmmaker and former track star who was called “the next Mary Decker.”
Nine for IX, executive produced by Robin Roberts and Jane Rosenthal, features nine documentary films about women in sports directed by female filmmakers. Inspired by the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the series began July 2 and airs each Tuesday. The remaining films are “The 99ers” (Aug. 20) and “Branded” (Aug. 27).
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