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Melbourne 1956 Olympic Medals Table

The Melbourne 1956 Olympics Medals table displays the list of countries which won medals in different categories including gold, silver and bronze. The rankings have been sorted by the number of gold medals won by each nation. There were countries, including the Netherlands, Switzerland (Soviet invasion of Hungary), Spain, Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon (Suez Crisis) and the People's Republic of China, which boycotted the Games.

Not many Olympics fans know that Melbourne, Australia was chosen to host the Olympics 1956 by a single vote as against Buenos Aires, Argentina. Other candidate cities included Mexico, Los Angeles, Detroit, Minneapolis, Chicago and San Francisco. On the medal standings, USSR took away maximum number of medals, including 37 gold, 29 silver and 32 bronze. On the second and third positions were United States of America and the host nation Australia. While USA won 32 gold, 25 silver and 17 bronze medals, Australia was successful in winning 13 gold, 8 silver and 14 bronze medals. The 1956 Melbourne Games marked the arrival of Australia as the real sporting force at the Olympics, with stars like the swimmers Murray Rose and Dawn Fraser, sprinters including Shirley Strickland and Betty Cuthbert allowing Australia to finish third on the medals table.

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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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