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Melbourne 1956 Olympics - future cricket legends take to hockey pitch

Melbourne 1956 Olympics - future cricket legends take to hockey pitch

4 December 2016

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.

Melbourne 1956 Olympics - an unlikely cycling duo on Day 12

Melbourne 1956 Olympics - an unlikely cycling duo on Day 12

3 December 2016

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.

Foord crowned best in Asia

Foord crowned best in Asia

2 December 2016

Olympic attacker Caitlin Foord has accepted her award for best women's footballer in Asia on behalf of her Australian teammates.

Aussies start title defence in style

Aussies start title defence in style

2 December 2016

The Olympic Champions have picked up where they left off, with a perfect start on day one of the first leg of their World Series title defence.

Melbourne 1956 Olympics - Dawn Fraser wins first Olympic medal

Melbourne 1956 Olympics - Dawn Fraser wins first Olympic medal

1 December 2016

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.

Dual Olympic medallist Jack Bobridge retires from cycling

Dual Olympic medallist Jack Bobridge retires from cycling

30 November 2016

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.

Melbourne 1956 Olympics - History made on Day 9

Melbourne 1956 Olympics - History made on Day 9

30 November 2016

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.

Melbourne 1956 Olympics - Athletics stars progress to the finals

Melbourne 1956 Olympics - Athletics stars progress to the finals

29 November 2016

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.

Kitty Chiller joins UIPM leadership team

Kitty Chiller joins UIPM leadership team

28 November 2016

Rio 2016 Australian Olympic Team Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller has been announced as one of two new female Olympians added to the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne's new leadership team for the 2017-2020 Olympic cycle.

Melbourne 1956 Olympics - Shirley Strickland defends her Olympic title

Melbourne 1956 Olympics - Shirley Strickland defends her Olympic title

28 November 2016

Competing in her third Olympics, hurdler Shirley Strickland became the first track and field women to defended an Olympic title. Australia opened their Olympic Water Polo campaign and Australia were involved in probably their most thrilling basketball game of the tournament.

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Synchronised swimming and rhythmic gymnastics are the only sports on today’s Olympic program to be contested only by women.