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  • India Dominates Hockey | Video

    India Dominates Hockey

    India prevail in men's hockey at the Summer Olympics in Finland, Australia, Japan and the USSR. India win consecutive gold medals from 1928 to 1956 and then regain supremacy in 1964. After twenty six years off the top of the podium, India play Spain in the men's hockey final in Moscow and win 4-3. Hockey Men - Helsinki 1952 Summer Olympics, Melbourne 1956 Summer Olympics, Tokyo 1964 Summer Olympics, Moscow 1980 Summer Olympics
  • An Olympic legend in the making - Emil Zátopek | Video

    An Olympic legend in the making - Emil Zátopek

    In the 10,000m final at the 1948 London Games, Emil Zátopek lapped all but two runners and won by more than 300m. Three days later, Zátopek ran in the final of the 5,000m. Trailing by 50m at the start of the final lap, he closed the gap with a stunning sprint finish. But he had to settle for silver finishing just 1.5 metres behind the victor, Gaston Etienne Reiff of Belgium.   Zátopek had a distinctive running style. He would pant and wheeze and would look visibly shattered during a race. This led to him being nicknamed “The Locomotive”. When asked about his rather inelegant looking style, he replied: “This isn’t gymnastics or ice skating, you know.”   Emil Zátopek is the only runner to win the 5,000m, the 10,000m and the marathon at the same Olympic Games at Helsinki 1952. He went undefeated in his first 38 races over 10,000m from 1948 through to 1954, and is recognised as one the greatest runners of all time.
  • 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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