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  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Fencer Mangiarotti continues incredible medal streak

    It would be hard, if not impossible, to find a fencer who could match the achievements of Edoardo Mangiarotti? The Italian legend was 33 years old when he arrived in Helsinki. By that stage, he had already been an Olympian for half of his life, having made his debut as a teenager at the 1936 Games in Berlin.
    03 Aug 1952 | Helsinki 1952
  • 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

    Davies floats like a butterfly to win breaststroke gold

    Watch the final of the 200m breaststroke in Helsinki and you cannot fail to notice something remarkable. Not the high quality of the competition, nor the tactical brilliance of Australia’s John Davies. What stands out most is that none of the swimmers are actually doing breaststroke.
    02 Aug 1952 | Helsinki 1952
  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Mockridge wheels his way to double gold

    Russell Mockridge was one of the world's greatest cyclists, but his path to Helsinki was not a smooth one. Given the choice, he would have become an Australian Rules footballer, but his poor eyesight meant that was not an option. He took up cycling as a hobby when he was 18 and turned out to be astoundingly good, comfortably winning his first race despite not knowing anything about the sport's tactics.
    31 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952
  • 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

    Székely edges compatriot Novák in breaststroke duel

    It was in Helsinki that the butterfly first truly rose to prominence. It had only been adopted relatively recently by top-class swimmers, and was not yet sufficiently established to be given a race of its own, in instead being classed as being a type of breaststroke.
    29 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952
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