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  • 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 | Tokyo 1964

    Reluctant star Schollander becomes first four-gold winner

    In recent years, we have become accustomed to the idea of a swimmer winning multiple gold medals, but it wasn’t always recognised as such a possibility. In 1964, the American swimmer Don Schollander became the first Olympic athlete to win four gold medals at a single Games, a feat that was all the greater because the victories were accompanied by three world records and one Olympic record. And all this, despite missing out on his favourite event.
    14 Oct 1964 | Tokyo 1964, Swimming, United States of America
  • News | Tokyo 1964

    Flawless Watanabe secures featherweight wrestling gold

    A home Games always puts greater pressure on athletes from the host nation. The pressure is even greater if this if their first experience of the Olympic environment; it is greater still when the debutant is expected to win. And so it was for Japanese freestyle wrestler Osamu Watanabe, the world champion in 1962 and an athlete renowned for his technical excellence and speed around the mat.
    01 Oct 1964 | Tokyo 1964, Wrestling Freestyle, Wrestling, Japan
  • News | Rome 1960

    Wilson and Blubaugh return home happy with wrestling golds

    School friends Shelby Wilson and Doug Blubaugh grew up together in the same Oklahoma town and learned to wrestle together. They competed together at school, then at college, and both later qualified for the US national team.
    06 Sep 1960 | Rome 1960
  • News | Rome 1960

    Von Saltza rules the pool with golden hat-trick

    Chris von Saltza had delivered a signal of his future prowess in the pool at the 1959 Pan American Games, winning five titles, including individual and two as part of the US women’s relay team. By the time she arrived at the Rome Olympics at the age of just 16, she was heavily tipped for gold, having been entered into the 100m and 400m freestyle, and both 4x100m relays.
    03 Sep 1960 | Rome 1960
  • News | Rome 1960

    Wood shrugs off disappointment to make decisive relay impact

    14-year-old Carolyn Wood was the youngest member of the US team in Rome, but she already had the resolve of a champion. A swimmer with a gift for butterfly, she was also entered in the freestyle and the relay events.
    03 Sep 1960 | Rome 1960
  • News | Rome 1960

    Miracle man Farrell helps US to relay success

    Less than a week before the Olympic trials, American swimmer Jeff Farrell underwent surgery to have his appendix removed. It was a devastating blow which in most people's eyes ruled him out of qualifying for the Games. Surely it would be impossible to recover from such a major operation and then swim to international standards just a few days later?
    01 Sep 1960 | Rome 1960
  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Consistent Konno wins four medals in four events

    Over two editions of the Olympic Games, US swimmer Ford Konno proved a paragon of consistency, winning four medals in four events, but it was at Helsinki 1952 that he reached his zenith, coming away with two titles and two Olympic records.
    02 Aug 1952 | Helsinki 1952
  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Harrison triumphs in battle of breaststroke starlets

    Of the eight swimmers who started the women’s 100m backstroke final, six were teenagers, including three 16-year-olds and the 15-year-old American Barbara Stark.
    31 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952
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