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  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Relay quartet make Jamaica proud

    Four years earlier in London Jamaica's 4x400m team had suffered a truly painful disappointment. They had set their sights on beating the mighty Americans and were on course to do so until Arthur Wint, running the third leg, pulled up with an injury and ended his country’s hopes.
    27 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952, Olympic News, Athletics, Jamaica
  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Teenager Jones becomes youngest champion of the track

    Australia were hot favourites to win the women’s 4x100m relay in Helsinki. The team had set a world record in the heats and boasted several individual stars within their quartet. At its heart was Marjorie Jackson, who had already won double individual gold in the 100m and 200m. Meanwhile, Shirley Strickland had taken bronze in the 100m, but had won the 80m hurdles. And Winsome Cripps had been denied a place on the 100m podium by the tiniest fraction to finish fourth.
    27 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952, Olympic News, Athletics, United States of America
  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Bocharova's golden balancing act

    Despite the fact that three years had passed since Nina Bocharova had won the all-around title at the USSR Championships, she was still one of the best gymnasts in the world when she arrived in Helsinki. Her problem was that one of her main rivals was her team-mate Mariya Horokhovska.
    23 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952, Olympic News, Athletics, USSR
  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Gymnast Horokhovska scoops magnificent seven medals

    The debut of the Soviet Union brought many impressive athletes onto the Olympic stage in Helsinki, no more so than in gymnastics.
    23 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952, Olympic News, Artistic Gymnastics, USSR
  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Shahinyan opens Olympic account with four medals

    Hrant Shahinyan hailed from Armenia - not a traditional gymnastics hotbed - and did not look like a natural gymnast, walking with a stick and sporting a neat moustache. Yet he was one of the world's great gymnasts, famed for his determination against the odds.
    21 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952, Olympic News, Armenia, Artistic Gymnastics
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