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  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Da Silva's record-breaking streak to triple jump gold

    Brazil’s Adhemar Ferreira da Silva was from a humble background. He was the son of a railroad worker and domestic servant and grew up in Sao Paulo. At the age of 19, he took up the triple jump and discovered, almost immediately, that he had spectacular natural gift.
    23 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952
  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Warrior Whitfield retains 800m title

    The USA’s Mal Whitfield had won the 800m title at London 1948. However, since then, his life had taken a dramatic turn away from sport, as he enlisted to fight in the Korean War.
    22 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952
  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Flying Remigino edges closest sprint in history

    Today, advances in technology have made it much easier to measure the split seconds and the fractional distances that often determine the destiny of competitions in the modern Olympic Games. We have action replays, virtual timing bars, crystal-clear photo finishes and digital timing to the thousandth of a second.
    21 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952
  • 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
  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Romashkova leads Soviet sweep of the women's discus

    The Soviet Union would go on to become one of the world's sporting superpowers, but Helsinki 1952 represented its Olympic debut. From the off, it was clear that they would do well. While the Soviet flag may have been an unfamiliar one in Olympic terms many of the athletes who competed under it were already established stars.
    20 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952
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