Friday, July 22, 2016
1964 summer olympics
Tokyo was host for these games, the first Asian city to do so. they were held from October 10-24. 93 nations were at the games. these were the first games to be televised by satellite. previously they had them taped, then sent overseas to air. October was chosen to avoid the summer heat and typhoon season. these games were the last to use a cinder track. a smooth, synthetic all-weather track made its first Olympic appearance in Mexico City. Yoshinori Sakai lit the Olympic cauldron. he was born in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 - the same day the atomic bomb was dropped on that city. the women's pentathlon was introduced to the games here. the Soviet Union's Larisa Latynina won 5 medals in gymnastics (2g, 1s 2b). she had held the record for most Olympic medals at 18 (9g 5s 4b), until Michael Phelps broke it in London. fibreglass pole vaults were used here for the first time. Abebe Bikila won his second marathon, becoming the first Olympian to win two Olympic marathons. American Billy Mills won the 10000m, becoming the first and only American to win it. the U.S. men's swim team won all but three golds (7 out of 10). Bob Hayes won the 100m in 10 seconds. he later wins a super bowl with the Dallas Cowboys. he became the second gold medalist to be elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (the first being Jim Thorpe). Canada won 4 medals (1g, 2s, 1b) at these games. tomorrow - the 1968 Olympic games in Mexico City. below is the logo for these games.