skip to content

Displaying 1271-1280 of 1326
  • News | Tokyo 1964

    Reluctant star Schollander becomes first four-gold winner

    In recent years, we have become accustomed to the idea of a swimmer winning multiple gold medals, but it wasn’t always recognised as such a possibility. In 1964, the American swimmer Don Schollander became the first Olympic athlete to win four gold medals at a single Games, a feat that was all the greater because the victories were accompanied by three world records and one Olympic record. And all this, despite missing out on his favourite event.
    14 Oct 1964 | Tokyo 1964, Swimming, United States of America
  • News | Rome 1960

    Remarkable Rudolph defies odds with sprint treble

    The USA’s Wilma Rudolph was the world's fastest woman in 1960, and was the undisputed star of the sprinting events in Rome, and one of the Games indeed one of the standout performers across any sport.
    05 Sep 1960 | Rome 1960
  • News | Rome 1960

    Von Saltza rules the pool with golden hat-trick

    Chris von Saltza had delivered a signal of his future prowess in the pool at the 1959 Pan American Games, winning five titles, including individual and two as part of the US women’s relay team. By the time she arrived at the Rome Olympics at the age of just 16, she was heavily tipped for gold, having been entered into the 100m and 400m freestyle, and both 4x100m relays.
    03 Sep 1960 | Rome 1960
  • News | Rome 1960

    Backstroke queen Burke sends Olympic records toppling

    Going into Rome 1960, the women's 100m backstroke world record set by the Dutch swimmer Cor Kint had stood for more than two decades. She had swum 1 minute 10.9 seconds, knocking two seconds off the previous record and frustrating the world's best backstrokers for the next 21 years. Over subsequent years, people began to wonder if anyone would ever beat that mark?
    03 Sep 1960 | Rome 1960
  • News | Rome 1960

    Wood shrugs off disappointment to make decisive relay impact

    14-year-old Carolyn Wood was the youngest member of the US team in Rome, but she already had the resolve of a champion. A swimmer with a gift for butterfly, she was also entered in the freestyle and the relay events.
    03 Sep 1960 | Rome 1960
  • News | Rome 1960

    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
back to top Fr