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  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Boiteux earns gold and a watery embrace from his father

    One of the most memorable moments of Helsinki 1952 was France’s Jean Boiteux winning gold in the men’s 400m freestyle. No sooner had the race ended when a man wearing a beret jumped into the water to embrace the champion. Nobody knew who this jubilant intruder was. The beret suggested they must have been French, but was he a fan, a member of the team, or maybe a relative?
    30 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952, BOITEUX, Jean
  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Flying Remigino edges closest sprint in history

    Today, advances in technology have made it much easier to measure the split seconds and the fractional distances that often determine the destiny of competitions in the modern Olympic Games. We have action replays, virtual timing bars, crystal-clear photo finishes and digital timing to the thousandth of a second.
    21 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952
  • News | London 1948

    The incredible dominance of Fanny Blankers-Koen

    At almost every Olympic Games, various great athletes are heralded as the overall star, and good-natured arguments follow for years to come.
    29 Jul 1948 | London 1948, BLANKERS-KOEN, Fanny, Netherlands, Athletics
  • News | Berlin 1936

    Jesse Owens immortalized by his fourth gold medal

    Controversially added to the team at the last minute, Jesse Owens lined up for the 4x100m relay with a chance to add an incredible fourth gold medal to his collection. Under typically difficult circumstances, what followed was just as typically extraordinary.
    09 Aug 1936 | Berlin 1936, Athletics, Olympic News, OWENS, Jesse
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