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  • Sammy Lee In The Air

    Sammy Lee In The Air

    American diving champion Sammy Lee in the air during a dive at the 1952 Olympic Games, Helsinki, Finland, mid 1992. (Photo by FPG/Getty Images)
    Monday, June 30, 1952 10:00 PM | Photo
  • 1500m Final

    1500m Final

    The finish of the 1500m final at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics won by Josy Barthel (centre) of Luxembourg, with Robert McMillen (left) of the USA in second and Werner Lueg of Germany in third. Roger Bannister, who came in fourth, is in the background (No.177). (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
    Friday, July 25, 1952 10:00 PM | Photo
  • Olympic Rostrum

    Olympic Rostrum

    Prince Axel of Denmark presents a gold medal to Malvin Whitfield of the USA, winner of the 800 metres final at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. In second place was Arthur Wint of Jamaica and in third place Heinz Ulzheimer of Germany. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
    Monday, July 21, 1952 10:00 PM | Photo
  • Olympic Finish

    Olympic Finish

    American athlete Malvin Whitfield (left) on his way to winning the 800 metres final at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
    Monday, July 21, 1952 10:00 PM | Photo
  • Zatopek And Mimoun

    Zatopek And Mimoun

    Emil Zatopek (1922 - 2000) of Czechoslovakia (left) is congratulated by Alain Mimoun O'Kacha of France after winning the 5,000 metres at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. Mimoun came second. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
    Wednesday, July 23, 1952 10:00 PM | Photo
  • Hurdles Final

    Hurdles Final

    24th July 1952: The final of the women's 80 metres hurdles during the Olympic Games at Helsinki. From left to right: Anneliese Seonbuchner of Germany; Marija Golubichnaja of the USSR; Maria Sander of Germany; Shirley B Strickland of Australia (the winner); Fanny Blankers-Koen of Holland; and Jean Desforges. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
    Wednesday, July 23, 1952 10:00 PM | Photo
  • Sprint Finish

    Sprint Finish

    1952: The final of the 1500 metres race at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, which was won by Josy Barthel of Luxembourg. Werner Lueg of Germany (right) led until the last corner, but finished third after Barthel (No. 406) and Robert McMillen (No. 897) closed the gap. McMillen came second. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
    Monday, December 31, 1951 11:00 PM | Photo
  • Penalty Goal

    Penalty Goal

    The Finnish goal keeper, Olavi Laaksonen, fails to prevent Austria scoring a penalty goal during a football match at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
    Monday, December 31, 1951 11:00 PM | Photo
  • OLYMPIC ASHENFELTER

    OLYMPIC ASHENFELTER

    1952: OLYMPIC GAMES HELSINKI. THE 3,000M STEEPLECHASE FINAL WON BY FBI AGENT HORACE ASHENFELTER (998) SECOND WAS THE RUSSIAN VLADIMIR KAZANTSEV (436). (TD) Mandatory Credit: Allsport Hulton/Archive
    Friday, April 24, 1953 10:00 PM | Photo
  • Finland's distance pioneer - Hannes Kolehmainen | Video

    Finland's distance pioneer - Hannes Kolehmainen

    Hannes Kölehmainen was the first of the great Finnish distance runners. At the 1912 Olympic Games, he won the 5,000m, the 10,000m and the individual cross-country race, in which he also won a silver medal in the team event. In his 5,000m victory he broke the world record and was the first person to run the distance under 15 minutes. He also set a world record for 3,000m in a heat of the team event.   The cancellation of the 1916 Games undoubtedly prevented Kölehmainen from winning more Olympic honours at track events. However, he turned to the roads, having run his first marathon in 1907. Kölehmainen finished 4th in the 1917 Boston Marathon, and in 1920 at Antwerp, he won the gold medal in the marathon. He later set world records over both 25km and 30km.   At the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Kölehmainen was chosen to light the Olympic Cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, after receiving the Olympic Flame from Paavo Nurmi, who carried the flame into the stadium.
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