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Pat Smythe (GBR)

Medal presentation for the team show jumping event on 17 June 1956: British horsewoman Pat Smythe (centre) receives her bronze medal from Avery Brundage. On her left is W. White on his mount, Nizefela, and, on her right, P.D. Robeson on Scorchin

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R. A. Kuistila (FIN)

Finnish horseman R. A. Kuistila after falling off his horse

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Winner’s medal Stockholm 1956

The reverse of the medal is actually fairly traditional. A lit torch and the Olympic rings are shown in the foreground, in front of the word “OLYMPIA” engraved in Greek letters. It is also possible to read the following inscription on the edge: “Jeux Olympiques / citius ∙ altius ∙ fortius”

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Opening Ceremony Melbourne 1956

Ronald Clarke (AUS), the last torchbearer of the Olympic flame, makes a lap of the stadium before lighting the cauldron

©IOC Harry Jay
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Lighting the Flame (Melbourne 1956)

The Olympic flame, which has just been lit by the High Priestess on the ancient site of Olympia, is handed to the first torchbearer

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Alain Mimoun (FRA)

It was at the 1956 Games in Melbourne that French runner Alain Mimoun finally became Olympic champion, winning gold in the marathon. A friend and rival of the great Emil Zatopek, he had finished second three times in Olympic races behind the “Czech locomotive”: in the 10,000m at the 1948 Games in London, then in the 5,000m and 10,000m at the 1952 Games in Helsinki
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