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    Tokyo 1964 gold medallist Billy Mills recalls the secret source of his inspiration

    19/09/2014

    Billy Mills’ win in the 10,000m at Tokyo 1964 was a landmark in the USA’s Olympic history, and he remains the only American to take a gold medal in the event. In our “Words of Olympians” series, the g...

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    Joe Frazier

    23/10/1964

    Boxing Buster Mathis had been picked for the US boxing team on the basis of an excellent amateur record. He was to become a very good heavyweight boxer, but not one of the greats. Fate had that in min...

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    Abebe Bikila

    23/10/1964

    Track and Field In Rome, Ethiopian marathon runner Abebe Bikila had been added to the team at the last minute and had then astonished the world by winning the Olympic title while competing in bare fee...

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    Lars Gunnar Käll and Stig Lennart Käll

    22/10/1964

    Sailing There was a new prize that emerged from these Games, and it couldn’t be won by coming first in any race. The Fair Play prize was initiated in 1964 to recognise outstanding acts of sportsmanshi...

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    Bob Hayes

    22/10/1964

    Track and Field The 100m title went to Bob Hayes, probably one of the fastest runners who has ever lived and certainly one of the most successful, even though his career was short. In the run-up to th...

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    Japan’s women’s volleyball

    21/10/1964

    Volleyball This was the first time volleyball had been included in the Olympic programme, and it was keenly anticipated by the home supporters. The Japanese men took bronze, behind the dominant Soviet...

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    Frank Gorman

    21/10/1964

    Diving The Olympic Games is not just about triumphs, but also about those who have met with disappointment – and come out the other side. One such person is the American diver Frank Gorman. Few Olymp...

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    Ann Packer

    21/10/1964

    Track and Field If versatility is a virtue for sportsmen and women, Ann Packer must be ranked among Britain’s best athletes of the era. She had won the 100 yards (91.4m) title as a schoolgirl in 1959,...

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    Tamara Press

    21/10/1964

    Track and Field The Press sisters from the Soviet Union were a versatile couple of stars. Four years before, in Rome, Irina had won the 80m hurdles while her sister, Tamara Press, had taken gold in th...

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    Irina Press

    20/10/1964

    Track and Field The pentathlon was introduced to the Olympic Games in Tokyo and it produced an absorbing contest between three outstanding athletes.The favourite was Irina Press, from the Soviet Union...

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Discover the best photos of Tokyo 1964

  • Vyacheslav Ivanov - 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games

    1964 Tokyo - Vyacheslav Ivanov (URS) 1st, on the top, and HILL Achim (EUA) 2nd. © 1964 / IOC

  • Opening Ceremony Tokyo 1964

    Yoshinori Sakai has lit the Olympic cauldron

    ©IOC

  • Opening Ceremony Tokyo 1964

    Yoshinori Sakai, the last torchbearer, stands next to Greek actress Aleka Katseli at a rehearsal prior to the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games

    ©Central-Press

  • Larisa Latynina (USSR)

    Larisa Latynina, with a bronze medal around her neck, on the third step of the podium after the beam competition of the Tokyo 1964 OG. On the top step is Czechoslovakia’s Vera Caslavska, while Tamara Manina (USSR) stands on the second step

    ©IOC

  • Yoyogi National Gymnasium

    An aerial view of the Yoyogi National Gymnasium, circa 1965. Designed by Kenzo Tange to house the swimming and diving events in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, it is now a major venue for basketball and ice hockey. (Photo by Three Lions/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

  • Anton Geesink

    Dutch judo champion Anton Geesink arrives back in his home town of Utrecht after winning the gold medal in the open event at the Tokyo Olympics, 6th November 1964. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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