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Helsinki 1952 Olympics




The City of Helsinki: Helsinki is the capital of Finland. Helsinki is also the largest city of Finland. The city is located in the southern part of Finland on the shore of the Gulf of Finland by the Baltic Sea. The Helsinki urban region includes the neighboring cities of Espoo, Vantaa and Kaunianen, which are together called the Capital Region . Some of the tourist attractions of Helsinki are Senaatintori (Senate Square), Sederholm Talo (Sederholm House), Kauppatori (Market Square), Temppeliaukion Kirkko (Temppeliaukio Church), Sibelius Monumentti (Sibelius Monument) and Taideteolisuusmuseo (Design Museum).

The Fifteenth Olympiad: The 1952 Summer Games were officially known as the Games of the XV Olympiad . The Games were held in Helsinki, the capital of Finland in the year 1952 . Helsinki had been chosen as the host of the 1940 Olympiad but they were cancelled due to World War II.

Venue: The Fifteenth Summer Games were held at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, Finland . The Stadium is located in the Toolo District , about 2 km away from the center of the Finnish capital Helsinki . This is the largest stadium in the country. The stadium is best known for being the Nucleus of the activities in the fifteenth Olympiad . However, the stadium was built for the 1940 Summer Games.

Participants: 4099 participants competed in the fourteenth Olympiad. The 59 countries which took part in the Games were Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burma, Canada, Ceylon, Chile, Republic of China, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, East Germany, Egypt, Finland, France, Gold Coast, Great Britain, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saarland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Soviet Union, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, U.S.A., Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, West Germany and Yugoslavia.

Events: In the fifteenth Olympiad there were 149 events in 17 sports. The sports included in the program were athletics, basketball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, diving, equestrian, fencing, football, gymnastics, hockey, modern pentathlon, rowing, shooting, swimming, water polo, weightlifting, wrestling and yachting.

Medal Count: United States won the highest number of medals. They won 40 gold, 19 silver and 17 bronze medals which made a total of 76 medals. USSR won 22 gold, 30 silver and 19 bronze medals.

A Brief Description of the Fifteenth Olympiad: The Fifteenth Summer Games were held from 19 th July to 3 rd August in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. The Games were officially opened by Juho Kusti Paasikivi. The athletes uttered Olympic oath led by Heikki Savolainen. The Olympic Flame was lit by Paavo Nurmi and Hannes Kolehmainen.

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Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament. 

Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.

In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds.  Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.

Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.

 

Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did

French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.


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