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  • 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
  • News | Tokyo 1964

    Fraser battles back to make swimming history

    At the age of 27, Dawn Fraser of Australia was now considered something of a veteran, nicknamed Granny by some of her teammates. Yet if anybody in the swimming world demanded respect, it was her – she had won the 100m freestyle title at the previous two Olympic Games, and was in no mood to relinquish her title.
    15 Oct 1964 | Tokyo 1964, Swimming, Australia
  • News | Rome 1960

    Remarkable Rudolph defies odds with sprint treble

    The USA’s Wilma Rudolph was the world's fastest woman in 1960, and was the undisputed star of the sprinting events in Rome, and one of the Games indeed one of the standout performers across any sport.
    05 Sep 1960 | Rome 1960
  • News | Rome 1960

    Halberg takes rivals by surprise in stunning 5,000m win

    Rarely has New Zealand had such a magnificent day on the Olympic stage. Having watched Peter Snell snatch a memorable victory in the men’s 800m,the Rome crowd then settled back to watch the 5,000m, aware that there was another talented Kiwi with a strong chance of glory.
    02 Sep 1960 | Rome 1960
  • News | Rome 1960

    Kapitonov clinches men's road race

    The Soviet Union won its first cycling title thanks to the exemplary fitness of Viktor Kapitonov, who made two desperate sprints to the finishing line in the course of the same race!
    30 Aug 1960 | Rome 1960
  • News | Rome 1960

    Gaiardoni makes history to take pair of cycling golds

    Home fans always like to cheer local favourites. The Rome 1960 Games produced several new Italian heroes, but one of the host country’s sporting favourites was already well known before the Olympics started.
    29 Aug 1960 | Rome 1960
  • News | Squaw Valley 1960

    Hakulinen hits the heights

    Finland’s Veikko Hakulinen was already a double Olympic cross-country skiing champion and four-time medallist by the time he arrived in Squaw Valley. The first of those gold medals had come at Oslo 1952 in the 50km, a distance at which he also collected silver four years later in Cortina d’Ampezzo (ITA), where he won his second Olympic title in the 30km to go with a second silver in the 4x10km relay.
    27 Feb 1960 | Squaw Valley 1960, Olympic News, Cross Country Skiing, Finland
  • News | Squaw Valley 1960

    Grishin strikes double gold again

    Born on 23 March 1931 in Tula, some 200 kilometres south of Moscow, Yevgeny Romanovich Grishin was a skilled track cyclist and a keen skier in his formative years. At the age of 14. however, he decided to devote his energies to speed skating, honing his skills with CSKA Moscow. A trainee engraver at the time and a silversmith in later life, Grishin excelled at the 500m, the shortest speed skating distance, and quickly made his mark in national and then international competitions.
    27 Feb 1960 | Squaw Valley 1960, Olympic News, GRISHIN, Yevgeny, Russian Federation, Speed Skating
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