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  • News | Los Angeles 1932

    Neri raises the bar

    Since the advent of the modern Olympic Games, Italian gymnasts had proved their pedigree, winning seven golds in the four editions between 1908 and 1924.
    10 Aug 1932 | Los Angeles 1932, Olympic News
  • News | Los Angeles 1932

    Record breaker Miyazaki makes a splash

    The Japanese swimming team arrived at the 1932 Olympics as genuine challengers to the all-conquering USA, who had stormed to six golds at the Amsterdam Games four years earlier.
    09 Aug 1932 | Los Angeles 1932
  • News | Los Angeles 1932

    Madison makes her mark in the pool

    For most Olympians, appearing at the Games is the fulfilment of a lifelong ambition, but Helene Madison was something of an unusual case.
    08 Aug 1932 | Los Angeles 1932, Olympic News
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Inseparable Ahlgren and Bohling share wrestling gold

    Swedish wrestler Anders Ahlgren and his Finnish rival, Ivar Bohling, took joint honours in the Greco-Roman ‘Middle Weights B’ category (the light heavyweight category in modern parlance), after contesting one of the most remarkable showdowns ever seen at an Olympic Games.
    15 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Hodgson’s stroke of genius

    Canadian swimmer George Hodgson was just 18 when the 1912 Games came around. He proceeded to make his mark in short but devastating fashion, winning two gold medals and outshining a number of far more decorated rivals.
    14 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Durack puts women’s swimming on the Olympic map

    The 1912 Games were a groundbreaking edition for female Olympians. For the first time, swimming competitions for women were included – with 100m freestyle and 4x100m freestyle races on the programme.
    12 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News
  • News | London 1908

    Three Taylor-made triumphs in the pool

    Until 2008, Henry Taylor was Great Britain’s most prolific gold medallist at an Olympic Games – his prowess in the pool setting a standard that would, astonishingly, not be bettered for an entire century.
    25 Jul 1908 | London 1908
  • News | Athens 1896

    Hajos turns tragedy into glory in the water

    Hungarian architecture student Alfréd Hajos was the undisputed star of the swimming events at the 1896 Games. Born Alfréd Guttman and raised in Budapest, his prowess in the water had its roots in tragedy. He determined to become a good swimmer at the age of 13 after his father drowned in the River Danube. He later changed his surname to Hajós which means “sailor” in Hungarian.
    11 Apr 1896 | Athens 1896, Swimming, Hungary
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