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  • News | Rome 1960

    Berrutti conquers nerves in 200m to become darling of Rome

    A home crowd can inspire any athlete. There are those who find themselves running a little faster, jumping just that bit higher, or throwing a few centimetres further as the positive energy of the crowd pushes them on.
    03 Sep 1960 | Rome 1960, Athletics, Italy
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    Snell times his run to pip Moens in 800m

    The favourite for the 800m was also the man who held the world record. Belgium's Roger Moens was thought to have only one serious challenger – namely George Kerr, from Jamaica.
    02 Sep 1960 | Rome 1960, Athletics
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    Halberg takes rivals by surprise in stunning 5,000m win

    Rarely has New Zealand had such a magnificent day on the Olympic stage. Having watched Peter Snell snatch a memorable victory in the men’s 800m,the Rome crowd then settled back to watch the 5,000m, aware that there was another talented Kiwi with a strong chance of glory.
    02 Sep 1960 | Rome 1960, Athletics, New Zealand
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    Miracle man Farrell helps US to relay success

    Less than a week before the Olympic trials, American swimmer Jeff Farrell underwent surgery to have his appendix removed. It was a devastating blow which in most people's eyes ruled him out of qualifying for the Games. Surely it would be impossible to recover from such a major operation and then swim to international standards just a few days later?
    01 Sep 1960 | Rome 1960, United States of America, Swimming
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    Shavlakadze ends anglophone dominance in high jump

    The USA’s John Thomas came arrived in Rome as the overwhelming favourite to win the men’s high jump. He hadn't lost a contest for two years and had jumped over seven feet some 30 times. The question seemed to be more about who would take silver, with Thomas’ team-mates Joe Faust and defending champion Charley Dumas both hotly tipped to join him on the podium.
    01 Sep 1960 | Rome 1960, Athletics, Georgia
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    Home favourites no match for formidable Soviet fencers

    At the previous eight editions of the Games, the men’s team foil had been won by either France or Italy. In fact, the two countries had finished first and second in seven of those eight Games, and they were fully expected to continue their dominance in Rome.
    30 Aug 1960 | Rome 1960, Fencing, USSR
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    Unknown Krämer shocks the world with diving clean sweep

    Divers from the USA had won both the women's springboard and platform events at the Olympic Games stretching back to 1924. It was one of the most enduring records in Games history. In fact, American women had taken gold and silver in all but one of those contests, and had racked up a number of podium clean-sweeps.
    30 Aug 1960 | Rome 1960, Swimming, Germany
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    Kapitonov clinches men's road race

    The Soviet Union won its first cycling title thanks to the exemplary fitness of Viktor Kapitonov, who made two desperate sprints to the finishing line in the course of the same race!
    30 Aug 1960 | Rome 1960, USSR, Cycling
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    Gaiardoni makes history to take pair of cycling golds

    Home fans always like to cheer local favourites. The Rome 1960 Games produced several new Italian heroes, but one of the host country’s sporting favourites was already well known before the Olympics started.
    29 Aug 1960 | Rome 1960, Cycling, Italy
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    Fredriksson stages stylish farewell in kayak doubles

    Sweden's Gert Fredriksson, who competed at the top level over the course of more than two decades, is arguably the greatest canoeist of all time. He began competing in 1942, but the Second World War meant he didn't make his Olympic debut until 1948, by which time he was 28. He won two gold medals in London, then added a gold and a silver four years later in Helsinki and then two more golds in Melbourne in 1956.
    29 Aug 1960 | Rome 1960, Canoe / Kayak, Sweden
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