Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games
Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games - XVI Olympiad
Melbourne were the first southern hemisphere city to hold the summer games.
However, strict quarantine regulations on horses meant that the equestrian events
had to be held in Stockholm.
Once again political unrest in Europe and the Middle East unsettled the
games. Britain became involved with Suez, while the USSR invaded Hungary.
As ever there were memorable races on the running track where Vladamir Kuts
broke the world record at both 5,000 and 10,000 meters. Zatopek was now
passed his best and his long time rival Alain Mimoun finally bested him in the
While Holland, Switzerland and Spain boycotted the games because of the
Soviet invasion of Hungary; the Hungarians themselves still took part, and cheered Laslo
Papp to win a boxing gold medal. The water polo match between Hungary and
USSR turned ugly, and the game had to be abandoned. However, as Hungary
were leading 4-0 it was they progressed and went on to win the gold medal.
Chris Brasher (Great Britain) 3000 Metre Steeplechase Winner
Chris Brasher was an unexpected winner of the steeplechase, sprinting to a 15 metre
victory. A short time after the race it was announced that he had been
disqualified for interfering with Ernst Larsen, the Norwegian runner who had
finished third. Larsen agreed that he had been bumped by Brasher but indicated
that he did not support the disqualification. Sandor Rozsynyoi of Hungary who
finished second also supported Brasher. After an agonising wait of three hours,
disqualification was overturned and he was reinstated as the winner.
In later life Chris Brasher co-founded the London Marathon. In earlier
life Chris Brasher paced Roger Bannister to the first ever sub-minute four
Dawn Frazer was the star of the swimming pool winning the 100 M freestyle.
She became the first swimmer to win the same event at three consecutive games
when she won at Rome then Tokyo.
Melbourne 1956 was the first Olympics that Guy listened to a crackling
radio, it was so exciting
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