On day 13, Australia continued its push towards medals in cycling, with two prospects continuing to impress in preliminary rounds. Murray Rose won gold, and future cricketing and surfing legends were in action.
Before the 1956 Games, Australia had won five medals in Olympic cycling history, stamping it as one of our most successful Olympic sports. In Melbourne supporters had to wait until day 12 of the program to see cycling action and an unlikely tandem duo.
Western Sydney’s indigenous figure skater Harley Windsor and his 16-year-old partner Ekaterina (Katia) Alexandrovskaya have been invited into the prestigious International Skating Union (ISU) Junior Grand Final to be held in Marseille, France from December 8 – 11.
On day 10 in the Olympic pool, we witnessed Dawn Fraser win her first Olympic medal, she would go on to win nine during a magnificent career. It was probably the greatest day in athletics with three medals on the track, one of each colour.
Reigning Australian road race champion, three-time Olympian and dual Olympic Games medlallist Jack Bobridge has been forced to retire from professional cycling at the age of 27 due to his struggles rheumatoid arthritis.
Day nine at the Melbourne Olympics was a historic day as Australia claimed its first swimming gold, first medal clean sweep, first canoeing medal and first boxing medal in 48 years.
A mesmerised audience witnessed a stunning performance by pair skaters Harley Windsor and Katia Alexandrovskaya that is likely to be the start of a dominating national run in the short program at the Australian Figure Skating Championships.
The much anticipated swimming program kicked off on day eight of the Games. Betty Cuthbert returned to the track for early rounds of the 200m and one of Australia’s favourite athletes, John Landy started his 1500m campaign. Australia had a good win in the basketball and in the boxing Tony Madigan bowed out.