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** Tokyo, Japan was the host for the 1964 Games, the first by an Asian
**The Olympic flame for the 1964 Games was brought into the stadium by a
young runner Yoshinori Sakai, who had been born near Hiroshima on the day
the atom bomb was dropped there in 1945.
**The Olympic flag for the 1964 Games was raised to the top of flagpole,
which measured 15.21m, the distance reached in the triple jump by Mikio Oda
in 1928 when he won Japan's first gold medal.
**Mary Rand won Britain its first gold medal in women's athletics when she
took the long jump title during the 1964 Games.
**Swimmer Galina Prozumenshchikova in the 200m breaststroke in the 1964
Games won Soviet Union its first ever swimming gold medal.
**American Dob Schollander at Tokyo in 1964 became the first swimmer to win
four golds in a single Games.
**Australia's swimmer Dawn Fraser won her third consecutive 100m freestyle
title in the 1964 Games - a unique achievement in swimming. She took her
total haul to eight medals, a record for a female swimmer.
** Soviet gymnast Larissa Latynina between 1956 and 1964 won the maximum 18
medals, including nine golds during her career - the maximum won by any
athlete in the Olympics.
** Polish wrestler Imre Polyak finally won a gold medal in the 1964 Games
after gaining three silvers in the previous three Games since 1952.
** Judo was included in the 1964 Games at the request of the hosts, Japan,
who were considered the best at this sport. But Dutchman Anton Geesink
caused a major upset when he won the Open class event.
** Bill Bradley, who led the United States basketball team to its sixth
consecutive victory in the 1964 Games, later became a member of the US
** The 1964 Games also saw the first Olympic wedding, as two Bulgarian
athletes, long jumper Diana Yorgova and gymnast Nikolai Prodanov, exchanged
vows at a ceremony in the Olympic Village.
** In the men's springboard contest in the 1964 Games, US divers earned the
gold and silver medals for the tenth consecutive Olympics.
** In the 1964 Games Ethiopian Abebe Bikila became the first repeat winner
of the marathon - less than six weeks after having his appendix removed.
** American Al Oerter won his third gold in the discus throw in the 1964
Games despite a cervical disc injury, which forced him to wear a neck
** The cycling event for the 195km long road race in the 1964 Games was so
close that even though Sture Petterson of Sweden finished only
sixteen-hundredths of a second behind the winner, Mario Zanin of Italy, he
ended up in 51st place!