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  • News | Munich 1972

    Mary Peters - Athletics

    The trouble and turmoit around her spurred on Mary Peters to the greatest performance of her career. She came from Northern Ireland, where the civil unrest known as “The Troubles”, had blighted the country for three years.
    28 Aug 1972 | Munich 1972, Athletics, Women, Great Britain, PETERS, Mary
  • News | Mexico 1968

    Revolutionary Fosbury raises the bar

    Most sports evolve over a long period of time. Rules are changed, patterns of play alter, techniques are adjusted. Only rarely does a sport take a great leap forward at one point. But in Mexico, the world of high jumping changed for ever. And for that, we can thank the American Dick Fosbury, the man who revolutionised his sport by introducing a new style to the world – the Fosbury Flop.
    20 Oct 1968 | Mexico 1968
  • News | Tokyo 1964

    Press recovers to win shot and discus double

    The Press sisters from the Soviet Union were a versatile couple of stars. Four years before, in Rome, Irina had won the 80m hurdles while her sister, Tamara Press, had taken gold in the shot and silver in the discus. They both returned to Olympic competition in 1964 intent on more success.
    21 Oct 1964 | Tokyo 1964, shot put, discus throw
  • News | Tokyo 1964

    Pentathlete Press benefits from strong shot

    The pentathlon was introduced to the Olympic Games in Tokyo and it produced an absorbing contest between three outstanding athletes. The favourite was Irina Press, from the Soviet Union, who had set the world record in the event back in 1959. Her aptitude was clear – at the Rome Olympic Games four years previously, she had competed in both the 80m hurdles and the sprint relay with distinction – a gold over the hurdles, and fourth place with the relay team.
    20 Oct 1964 | Tokyo 1964, pentathlon
  • News | Tokyo 1964

    Rand becomes Great Britain's first female athletics champion

    Athletes often share a room during the Olympic Games, but rarely can a room have contained quite so much sporting brilliance as the one shared by Anna Packer and Mary Rand, two unassuming British women destined to prove themselves among the most versatile athletes in the world.
    19 Oct 1964 | Tokyo 1964, long jump, Athletics, Great Britain
  • News | Tokyo 1964

    Latynina signs off with six gymnastics medals

    The Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina arrived in Helsinki with a considerable burden on her slender shoulders. The world expected her to set records that would stand for many years, and she did not disappoint. Until Michael Phelps came along, Latynina had enjoyed the most lucrative Olympic career in history.
    01 Oct 1964 | Tokyo 1964, Gymnastics
  • News | Squaw Valley 1960

    Lestander wins first Olympic biathlon gold

    Combining cross country skiing and target shooting, military patrol featured on the official programme at the inaugural Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix in 1924 before making a reappearance as a demonstration sport at Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936 and St Moritz 1948.
    21 Feb 1960 | Squaw Valley 1960, Olympic News, Biathlon
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