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  • News | Amsterdam 1928

    In Amsterdam in 1928, Lina Radke was the first female Olympic 800m champion, but…

    Women made their athletics debut at the Games of the IX Olympiad in the Dutch capital, with five events on the programme. But one of these created considerable controversy: the 800m won by Germany’s Lina Radke. Wrong impressions, falsified reports in the press and the concerns of medical staff at the time led to the event being excluded for the next 32 years. Explanations from Dr Richard Budgett, the IOC’s Medical and Scientific Director, and IOC Vice-President Anita DeFrantz.
    03 Nov 2019 | Olympic News, Amsterdam 1928, Athletics, Germany
  • News | Tokyo 1964

    Relive Kon Ichikawa’s iconic film about the 1964 Games

    For the Games of the XVIII Olympiad, Kon Ichikawa directed a film that has gone down in Olympic history. The Japanese filmmaker opted for an artistic approach to showcase the beauty and intensity of sport, its joys and exertions, and the faces of athletes from all over the world, in a lyrical work of stylistic beauty that has left a truly lasting impression.   
    16 Oct 2019 | Olympic News, Tokyo 1964, Tokyo 2020
  • News | Tokyo 2020

    Christian Taylor on the hunt for a third Olympic title and the triple jump world record

    The reigning double Olympic champion in the triple jump, American Christian Taylor, won his fourth world title in Doha on 29 September 2019. Having recorded the second best-ever jump in the history of his discipline in 2015, with a leap of 18.21m, he now has his sights set on a third Olympic gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Games, and is continuing his quest to beat the world record – 18.29m – held by Great Britain’s Jonathan Edwards since 1995.
    13 Oct 2019 | Olympic News, Tokyo 2020, Athletics, On the road to Tokyo
  • News | Buenos Aires 2018

    Buenos Aires 2018: Where are they now?

    As we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG), olympic.org highlights some of the young athletes who have gone on to make their name on the global stage since shining in Buenos Aires.
    11 Oct 2019 | Olympic News, Buenos Aires 2018, YOG
  • News | Tokyo 1964

    Tokyo 1964 welcomes the world to the Olympic Stadium

    Under a magnificent blue autumn sky, the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XVIII Olympiad was filled with exciting moments, in particular when Japanese athlete Yoshinori Sakai, born on 6 August 1945 and nicknamed “Hiroshima Baby”, lit the Olympic cauldron in a symbolic gesture of peace and hope. At the end of the Ceremony, Japanese jet planes formed the Olympic rings in the sky.   
    10 Oct 2019 | Olympic News, Tokyo 1964, Tokyo 2020
  • News | Tokyo 2020

    Swiss stars shine in Tokyo 2020 mountain bike test event

    The highly demanding but extremely scenic Tokyo 2020 mountain bike course was given a test run by the world’s top cross country riders on Sunday 6 October – and it emerged with their seal of approval after a successful race saw two great Swiss riders prevail. 
    07 Oct 2019 | Olympic News, Tokyo 2020 test events, Tokyo 2020, Cycling Mountain Bike, Switzerland
  • News | Olympic News

    Cathy Freeman at Sydney 2000: Moments of magic!

    The lighting of the Olympic cauldron, the victory lap in front of a jubilant crowd, the green and white full bodysuit… Cathy Freeman left an unforgettable mark on the Sydney 2000 Games. Twenty years on, who will claim victory in the 400m in the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo? Naturally the chances are higher for athletes also taking part in the women’s 4x400m event and the new mixed 4x400m relay!
    22 Sep 2019 | Olympic News, Sydney 2000, Tokyo 2020, Athletics
  • News | Tokyo 2020

    From the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 to Tokyo 2020, the French handball team continue to make history

    With two Olympic gold medals, three European Championship titles and six World Championship titles, the men's French handball team have the best track record in the world. Nicknamed "Les Experts", they reached the sport's summit by winning the Olympic gold medal in Beijing on 24 August 2008, and have remained there ever since. Their sights are currently set on qualifying for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, as they continue down the path to victory.
    24 Aug 2019 | Olympic News, Tokyo 2020, France, Handball
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