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Modern Olympic Games

Tokyo 1964

   Asia's first Games attracted large crowds and a huge assault on records. Vast sums, estimated to $ 3 billion, were spent not only on stadia, but also on transport facilities. For varying reasons, South Africa, North Korean and Indonesia were not invited.
   The torch came into the stadium held by a runner who was born in Hiroshima the day the City was destroyed by the atom bomb, in 1945.
   The 100m American victor Bob Hays ran a phenomenal last leg in the 4x100m, to regain, the title the U.S. had lost in Rome. One of the beaten teams runner commented that all the U.S. had to show was Bob Hays. One of Bob's teammates replied "Man, that's all we needed!"
   The swimming pool events seemed to be an exclusive American affair. They won firsts in everything. Everything but one. Some sportswriters wrote that the Americans left one gold to get away because they got tired of listening their national anthem played so many times! The gold they didn't win went to Galina Prozumenschikova and marks the first gold ever won by a Soviet woman swimmer.
   The Olympiad's most medals are won by the little, charming Russian young lady of the Soviet team, Larissa Latynina, a star of gymnastics, who took back home two gold, two silver, and two bronze medals.
   Judo, being a Japanese affair and monopoly, was predicted by hosts to bring a sure gold to their country. There was a painful shock for them when Anton Geesink, a Dutch giant (1.98m) defeated their national champion in the Open class.
   Cassius Clay, a professional now named Muhammad Ali, did not fight in the Tokyo Olympics. The time his class were fighting for the title, he was training for his monumental fight against Floyd, a fight that made him richer by $ 4 million.
   Tokyo' s Olympics are considered the most athletic, the most sporting ones. No scandals, no funny incidents. Many competitors refer to them as marking the coming of commercialization but it was all hearsay...

Text by Dimitri N. Marcopoulos

Tokyo 1964

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The Olympic Movement
American Sport Art Museum and Archives , a division of the United States Sports Academy
International Sailing Federation

Modern olympic champions

Masaji Kiyokawa

, , 11/2/1913 - 13/4/1999

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