The other double winner was Soviet [Tamara Press] in the shot put and discus.There were several repeat winners, in addition to Snell in the 800.

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The first NCAA national championships were held for men in 1921, and women’s track and field became part of the Olympic Games in 1928. and Soviet teams battled in one of the sport’s longest and most competitive rivalries.

In 1952, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) sent its first Olympic team ever to the Summer Games in Helsinki, Finland, where the squad captured several track-and-field medals. Women’s track struggled for widespread acceptance until the 1970s, when track and field as a whole enjoyed a boom in popularity. S.-based International Track Association (ITA) organized a professional track circuit.

Australian [Betty Cuthbert] had won the 100 and 200 in Melbourne in 1956.

She was back and moved up a bit to win the 400 metres, contested by women for the first time.

He had won the 800 metres in 1960 in something of an upset, but was by 1964 the best miler in the world.

He chose to run both the 800 and 1,500 and won both races rather comfortably.

The ancient Olympic Games began in the year 776 BC, when Koroibos, a cook from the nearby city of Elis, won the stadium race, a foot race 600 feet long.

According to some literary traditions, this was the only athletic event of the games for the first 13 Olympic festivals.

But in the 10K, [Billy Mills] won what may still be considered the biggest upset in Olympic track & field history.

Australian world record holder [Ron Clarke] finished third behind Mills, and was later asked if he had been worried about Mills, “Worried about him?

The marathon was not an event of the ancient Olympic Games.