Best of Melbourne 1956 Gallery

3 Aug 2010

Australia’s team at the 1956 Olympics was a record-breaking crew that remains one of the greatest collections of athletic talent ever to compete under the Australian flag. With 325 athletes participating, including 46 women, the team was almost equal to the combined total of athletes Australia had sent to the previous 12 Olympics. Hence, it was remarkable for both quality and quantity, and its third place on the overall medal table with 35 medals (13 gold, 8 silver, 14 bronze), remains the highest place ever achieved by an Australian team.