Dawn Fraser and Murray Rose speaking with a member of the press in Melbourne, 1956

Dawn Fraser and Murray Rose speaking with a member of the press in Melbourne, 1956

Betty Cuthbert won Gold in the 100 and 200 metres sprints and the 4 x 100 metres relay at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games

Betty Cuthbert won Gold in the 100 and 200 metres sprints and the 4 x 100 metres relay at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games

Wilma Rudolph - 1956 Bronze Medalist in 400-meter relay at 16. At the 1960 Olympics in Rome, she won gold medals in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 400-meter relay, as she earned the nickname "The Tornado."

Wilma Rudolph - 1956 Bronze Medalist in 400-meter relay at 16. At the 1960 Olympics in Rome, she won gold medals in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 400-meter relay, as she earned the nickname "The Tornado."

0lympic 1500 final 1956 Ron Delaney 1st Klaus Richtenzain 2nd John Landy 3rd

0lympic 1500 final 1956 Ron Delaney 1st Klaus Richtenzain 2nd John Landy 3rd

Murray Rose, Melbourne 1956 Olympics- Australia Gold medals 400 meres and 1500 metres freestyle

Murray Rose, Melbourne 1956 Olympics- Australia Gold medals 400 meres and 1500 metres freestyle

1956 Vintage Official Melbourne Australia Summer Olympic Games Poster (Games of the XVI Olympiad). $24.99, via Etsy.

1956 Official Melbourne Australia Summer Olympic Games Poster (Games of the XVI Olympiad)

1956 Vintage Official Melbourne Australia Summer Olympic Games Poster (Games of the XVI Olympiad). $24.99, via Etsy.

Betty Cuthbert winning the gold medal in the women’s 200 metres race at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics

Betty Cuthbert winning the gold medal in the women’s 200 metres race at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics

Betty Cuthbert winning the gold medal in the women’s 200 metres race at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics

Betty Cuthbert winning the gold medal in the women’s 200 metres race at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics

Ron Delaney ( Ireland ) wins the 1500m from Richzehain ( Germany ) with John Landy ( Australia ) 3rd at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics

Ron Delaney ( Ireland ) wins the 1500m from Richzehain ( Germany ) with John Landy ( Australia ) 3rd at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics


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