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  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Puskás inspires Magical Magyars to football gold

    Today, football enjoys such comprehensive and global coverage, with every aspect of the game scrutinised and analysed in detail, that it is hard to believe there was a time when a team could take the world by surprise. But that is exactly what happened in 1952, when Hungary’s “Golden Team” bamboozled opponents and dazzled the watching world.
    02 Aug 1952 | Helsinki 1952
  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Davies floats like a butterfly to win breaststroke gold

    Watch the final of the 200m breaststroke in Helsinki and you cannot fail to notice something remarkable. Not the high quality of the competition, nor the tactical brilliance of Australia’s John Davies. What stands out most is that none of the swimmers are actually doing breaststroke.
    02 Aug 1952 | Helsinki 1952
  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Boiteux earns gold and a watery embrace from his father

    One of the most memorable moments of Helsinki 1952 was France’s Jean Boiteux winning gold in the men’s 400m freestyle. No sooner had the race ended when a man wearing a beret jumped into the water to embrace the champion. Nobody knew who this jubilant intruder was. The beret suggested they must have been French, but was he a fan, a member of the team, or maybe a relative?
    30 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952, BOITEUX, Jean
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    Dressage silver for inspirational trailblazer Hartel

    Helsinki 1952 were the first Games at which dressage truly opened up to the world. Previously, it had been the preserve of military officers, but was now opened up to non-commissioned officers and even to civilians. Most notably of all was the presence of four women among the entrants, immediately transforming dressage from one of the most exclusive disciplines to one of the more inclusive.
    29 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952
  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Strömberg makes waves on home waters

    As host nation, Finland was optimistic of securing a good crop of gold medals, and one of their greatest hopes was in the canoeing.
    28 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952
  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Szőke spearheads charge of Hungary's women in the pool

    With the Soviet Union making its Olympic debut, and German and Japanese athletes returning to the competition, the women’s swimming events at Helsinki 1952 were of an especially high calibre. But it was the Hungarians who remained the undisputed superpower.
    28 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952
  • 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
  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Versatile Chudina takes three medals from three events

    The Soviet Union's Aleksandra Chudina could lay claim to being the most versatile athlete in Helsinki. Indeed she was one of the most multi-talented athletes the world of sport has ever seen, achieving an international standard of competing not just in high jump, long jump and javelin, but also in speed skating, pentathlon and volleyball.
    27 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952
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