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  • News | Mexico 1968

    Revolutionary Fosbury raises the bar

    Most sports evolve over a long period of time. Rules are changed, patterns of play alter, techniques are adjusted. Only rarely does a sport take a great leap forward at one point. But in Mexico, the world of high jumping changed for ever. And for that, we can thank the American Dick Fosbury, the man who revolutionised his sport by introducing a new style to the world – the Fosbury Flop.
    20 Oct 1968 | Mexico 1968, United States of America
  • News | Grenoble 1968

    Fleming's golden flourish gives USA rare moment of cheer

    These were not good Games for athletes from the United States. A country that was used to great success won only one gold medal in Grenoble but it was, at least, a memorable one.
    10 Feb 1968 | Grenoble 1968, Figure Skating, United States of America
  • News | Tokyo 1964

    Bob Hayes dominates the 100m

    The 100m title went to Bob Hayes, probably one of the fastest runners who has ever lived and certainly one of the most successful, even though his career was short. In the run-up to the Olympic Games, he appeared entirely unbeatable, winning each of 49 races in which he took part between 1962 and 1964.
    22 Oct 1964 | Tokyo 1964, United States of America, Athletics
  • News | Tokyo 1964

    Home nation dominate first volleyball contest

    This was the first time volleyball had been included in the Olympic programme, and it was keenly anticipated by the home supporters. The Japanese men took bronze, behind the dominant Soviet Union, but the home nation was more focused on Japan’s women’s volleyball team.
    21 Oct 1964 | Tokyo 1964, Volleyball, Japan
  • News | Tokyo 1964

    Pentathlete Press benefits from strong shot

    The pentathlon was introduced to the Olympic Games in Tokyo and it produced an absorbing contest between three outstanding athletes. The favourite was Irina Press, from the Soviet Union, who had set the world record in the event back in 1959. Her aptitude was clear – at the Rome Olympic Games four years previously, she had competed in both the 80m hurdles and the sprint relay with distinction – a gold over the hurdles, and fourth place with the relay team.
    20 Oct 1964 | Tokyo 1964, pentathlon
  • News | Tokyo 1964

    Medved brings strength to bear in wrestling win

    Aleksandr Medved was well named. His surname translates as “Bear” and the giant wrestler fitted that image perfectly. He was eventually to be considered one of the finest wrestlers the world has ever known, but such acclaim lay ahead. Tokyo was his first Olympic Games, and it was to prove a formidable debut.
    17 Oct 1964 | Tokyo 1964, Wrestling Greco-Roman
  • 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 | Squaw Valley 1960

    The legacy of Squaw Valley 1960

    The Closing Ceremony took place on 28 February 1960, following the ski jumping competition and the final match of the ice hockey tournament. It played out in front of a capacity crowd at the Blyth Memorial Arena, with many more spectators having gathered outside.
    28 Feb 1960 | Squaw Valley 1960, Olympic News
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