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  • News | Innsbruck 1976

    Speed skater Averina bags four medals

    Prior to the 1976 Innsbruck Games, USSR speed skater Tatyana Averina had broken the world record an astonishing 11 times – four times in 1000m, twice in 1,500m, twice in the 500m and three times in the four-distance mini combination.
    09 Feb 1976 | Innsbruck 1976, Speed Skating, Olympic News
  • News | Sapporo 1972

    Golden girl Henning shows teen spirit

    Sixteen-year-old speed skater Anne Henning was not the youngest athlete in Sapporo (that honour went to the 13-year-old figure skater Marina Sanaya of the USSR), but she was certainly one of the most extraordinary talents on display. Despite her youth, the American arrived at the Games as the favourite to win the women’s 500m and 1,000m titles. Earlier that year she had broken the world record for both distances.
    10 Feb 1972 | Sapporo 1972, Olympic News, Speed Skating, United States of America
  • News | Sapporo 1972

    Solberg makes biathlon history

    Magnar Solberg came to Sapporo knowing he had the chance to make history. Nobody had ever retained an individual Olympic biathlon title.Soberg had been a fairly comfortable winner of the 20km in Grenoble four years earlier, but now, at the age of 34, he was up against a tough field and some difficult conditions.
    09 Feb 1972 | Sapporo 1972, Olympic News, Biathlon, Norway
  • News | Sapporo 1972

    Flying dentist sprints to success

    There were four gold medals up for grabs in the men’s speed skating, and three of them went to Ard Schenk of the Netherlands. The one he failed to win was the sprint event, the 500m. It was expected to be a battle between the 1971 world sprint champion Erhard Keller of East Germany, and the Soviet skater Valery Muratov, who had won the same title the year before.
    06 Feb 1972 | Sapporo 1972, Olympic News, Speed Skating
  • News | Mexico 1968

    Time trial and tandem gold for cycling supremo Trentin

    The outstanding cyclist of these Games was the Frenchman Pierre Trentin. He was 24 years old, and had been competing in the sport for a decade. For years, he juggled two passions – on the one hand, the training and preparation needed to be a top cyclist; on the other, the similar effort that he put into becoming a leather craftsman.
    17 Oct 1968 | Mexico 1968
  • News | Mexico 1968

    Inimitable Biwott beats his own path to steeplechase gold

    Dick Fosbury's innovation in the world of jumping had stunned the world, but he was not the only person whose style shocked his sport. These were the Games of new ideas, and stunning victories and Amos Biwott of Kenya produced both in the 3000m steeplechase.
    16 Oct 1968 | Mexico 1968
  • News | Mexico 1968

    Wyomia Tyus fait valser les records du monde de sprint

    The women's 100m was a particularly competitive event, led by three excellent athletes from the United States. In the first round each of them – Wyomia Tyus, Barbara Ferrell and Margaret Bailes – equalled the Olympic record with times of 11.2secs.
    15 Oct 1968 | Mexico 1968
  • 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

    Zanin leaves it late to win congested road race

    The cyclists had been on the road for nearly 200km, but it was clear that victory would go to whoever of them was able to produce a sprint when it really counted. The stage was set for a truly spectacular finish.
    18 Oct 1964 | Tokyo 1964, Cycling, Italy
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