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  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Székely edges compatriot Novák in breaststroke duel

    It was in Helsinki that the butterfly first truly rose to prominence. It had only been adopted relatively recently by top-class swimmers, and was not yet sufficiently established to be given a race of its own, in instead being classed as being a type of breaststroke.
    29 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952, Olympic News, Swimming, Hungary
  • 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, Olympic News, Canoe, Finland
  • 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, Olympic News, Swimming, Hungary
  • 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, Olympic News, Athletics, Jamaica
  • 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, Olympic News, Athletics, USSR
  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Teenager Jones becomes youngest champion of the track

    Australia were hot favourites to win the women’s 4x100m relay in Helsinki. The team had set a world record in the heats and boasted several individual stars within their quartet. At its heart was Marjorie Jackson, who had already won double individual gold in the 100m and 200m. Meanwhile, Shirley Strickland had taken bronze in the 100m, but had won the 80m hurdles. And Winsome Cripps had been denied a place on the 100m podium by the tiniest fraction to finish fourth.
    27 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952, Olympic News, Athletics, United States of America
  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Barthel emerges from under middle-distance radar

    For much of Helsinki 1952, middle-distance runner Josy Barthel remained firmly under the radar. His initial successes had come in the military world championships of 1947 and 1948, and he had placed ninth in the 1,500m at the previous Olympic Games in London. So he was hardly a household name.
    26 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952, Olympic News, Athletics, BARTHEL, Joseph, Luxembourg
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    Hurdles no obstacle as Dillard wins gold again

    Harrison Dillard had been hurdling since he was a boy, when he had sprinted down alleys, using used car parts as barriers. He was inspired by another famous American sprinter, the legendary Jesse Owens, who became his mentor, giving him a pair of spikes that he had used during the Berlin Olympics of 1936.
    26 Jul 1952 | Olympic News
  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Decathlete Mathias defends the indefensible

    Winning the Olympic decathlon title is one of the most demanding challenges in sport. Defending the title has remained beyond the dreams of all but a tiny handful of athletes.
    26 Jul 1952 | Olympic News, Helsinki 1952, Athletics, United States of America
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