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  • News | Rome 1960

    Boxer Quartey becomes first black African medalist

    Before 1960, no black African had ever won an Olympic medal. It was a curious record and one that was bound to be broken, but the questions were multiple – who would get the honour of being the first, when would it happen, and in which event would the barrier be breached.
    05 Sep 1960 | Rome 1960, Boxing, Ghana
  • News | Rome 1960

    Clay strikes first blow in unparalleled boxing career

    These were the Games where one of the all-time sporting greats took his first steps on the international stage. A young boxer called Cassius Clay came to Rome intent on winning a gold medal, and left having taken a huge step towards becoming one of the most iconic figures in the history of sport.
    05 Sep 1960 | Rome 1960, Boxing, United States of America
  • News | Squaw Valley 1960

    Skoblikova completes sparkling Olympic debut

    Soviet speed skater Lidiya Skoblikova had very good reason to remember her maiden Winter Games at Squaw Valley. Aged just 20, she posted a world record in winning the 1,500m and an Olympic record in landing 3,000m gold. She would follow that double up in emphatic style four years later in Innsbruck 1964, claiming four more golds to cement her place as the most successful Olympic speed skater of all time.
    27 Feb 1960 | Squaw Valley 1960, Olympic News, Speed Skating, Russian Federation
  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Gymnast Horokhovska scoops magnificent seven medals

    The debut of the Soviet Union brought many impressive athletes onto the Olympic stage in Helsinki, no more so than in gymnastics.
    23 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952, Olympic News, Artistic Gymnastics, USSR
  • News | Los Angeles 1932

    Gymnast Pelle takes double gold

    István Pelle’s performance at the 1928 Olympic Games seemed an unlikely portent of the glory that would soon come his way.
    11 Aug 1932 | Los Angeles 1932, Artistic Gymnastics, Olympic News, Hungary
  • News | Los Angeles 1932

    Indestructible Guglielmetti earns golden reward

    Many of the European delegations making the long journey across the Atlantic for the 1932 Olympics devised inventive ways to keep their team members fit during the gruelling voy-age.
    10 Aug 1932 | Los Angeles 1932
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