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Last Updated: Wednesday, 9 June, 2004, 15:42 GMT 16:42 UK
Olympic countdown: 64 days
Wedding bells and reconstruction in 1964

Mary Rand competes in the 1964 pentathlon in Tokyo
Briton Rand added pentathlon silver to her gold in the long jump
The 1964 Olympics in Tokyo were the first Games to be held in Asia.

And to symbolise Japan's reconstruction since the war, a runner born near Hiroshima on the day the atomic bomb dropped was chosen to light the flame.

Teams from 14 countries made their Olympic debuts and judo and volleyball were included for the first time.

Mary Rand became the first British woman to win a gold medal in athletics in the long jump and her room-mate Ann Packer added the 800m gold.

Rand also claimed a silver medal in the pentathlon, in which a young Mary Peters finished fourth.

Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia became the first repeat winner of the marathon despite having had his appendix removed just six weeks earlier.

And one of the most dramatic results came in the 10000m when American Indian Billy Mills came from behind to beat Mohamed Gammoudi of Tunisia.

Both were unknown athletes at the time but had improved their personal bests by more than 45 seconds!

Ukrainian gymnast Larissa Latynina won two of each medal to take her career haul to a record 18 Olympic medals.

In the pool, Australian Dawn Fraser won the 100m freestyle for a third consecutive before adding a relay silver to take her total haul to eight medals.

Don Schollander became the first swimmer to win four gold medals in one Games and American divers won gold a silver in the men's springboard for the 10th consecutive Olympics.

Hungarian wrestler Imre Polyak finally won gold after three silvers previously and Dutchman Anton Geesink shocked the hosts by claiming the Open class title of judo.

And there was the first Olympic wedding when two Bulgarian athletes, long jumper Diana Yorgova and gymnast Nikolai Prodanov, exchanged vows in the Olympic village.





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