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  • News | Rome 1960

    Field hockey - Pakistan

    India had won every Olympic gold medal in the men’s hockey since 1928. Not only that, they had won every match they had played at the Olympics since that date, scoring 178 goals and conceded just seven. The gold medal was considered, by many, to be theirs for the taking.
    11 Sep 1960 | Rome 1960, Pakistan, Hockey
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    Sabre star Gerevich makes light of half-century

    The greatest challenge faced by Olympic competitors often comes from within their own minds. Some are aspiring to make their name, some to live up to great form, and some are already burdened by the knowledge of what it needs to take victory – and they want to repeat that feeling.
    10 Sep 1960 | Rome 1960, Hungary, Fencing
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    Roycroft defies doctors to see out three-day eventing win

    Olympic athletes have to be tough. They often have to deal with physical and emotional pain, and cope with injuries and disappointment, as they push themselves to the limit. Bill Roycroft is right at the top of that list.
    10 Sep 1960 | Rome 1960, Australia, Equestrian
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    Azaryan proves that he is Lord of the Rings

    Known as “the Lord of the Rings”, Albert Azaryan was the greatest rings gymnast of his era, and one of the greatest of all time. Buy it was in Rome that he secured his place in the history books.
    10 Sep 1960 | Rome 1960, Gymnastics, Armenia
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    Golds in vault and bar help Ono to his half-dozen

    Japan's Takashi Ono had broken through as a star gymnast in Melbourne four years previously, winning gold in the horizontal bar in 1956, and he had also helped Japan to the silver medal in the team all-around event. He arrived in Rome with two objectives: to repeat his individual success, and to inspire Japan to the top step of the team all-around podium.
    10 Sep 1960 | Rome 1960, Gymnastics, Japan
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    Barefooted Bikila steps in for heroic marathon triumph

    He would go on to be considered as one of the greatest marathon runners of all time, but it was only through a stroke of fortune that Abebe Bikila even featured at Rome 1960. He was not originally selected for the Ethiopian team, and was only added at the last minute after Wami Biratu was injured while playing in a football match.
    10 Sep 1960 | Rome 1960, Athletics, Ethiopia
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    Gymnast Latynina collects six more medals en route to record haul

    Few athletes have come to an Olympic Games with such a strong track record as the legendary Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina, who was on her way to becoming the most successful Olympian in history – an honour she would hold until 2012.
    09 Sep 1960 | Rome 1960, Gymnastics, Ukraine
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    Weightlifter Tan beats pain barrier for Singapore's first medal

    The former British colony of Singapore had been awarded the right to self-government in 1959, and at Rome 1960 its athletes were competing under their own flag for the first time. It was a proud moment, and what better way to celebrate the achievement than with a medal.
    08 Sep 1960 | Rome 1960, Weightlifting, Singapore
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    Seven up for incredible gymnast Shakhlin

    Deciding which athlete is the “star” of any given Olympics is an onerous task, not least because it is virtually impossible to compare different sports on a like-for-like basis. But Soviet gymnast Borys Shakhlin was certainly a contender for that title in Rome.
    07 Sep 1960 | Rome 1960, USSR, Gymnastics
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