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Melbourne 1956 - Key facts

MELBOURNE

Dates

Nov 22 - Dec 8

Other candidate cities

Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, Detroit, Mexico City, Chicago, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Montreal, San Francisco

Participants

3,314 (376 women)

Participating nations

67

Sports

16

Events

145

Medals awarded

451

IOC president

Avery Brundage (United States)

Games declared open by

Prince Philip, representing Queen Elizabeth II

Last relay bearer of the Olympic flame

Ron Clarke (athletics, Australia)

Flame lit by

Ron Clarke (athletics, Australia)

Olympic oath read by

John Landy (athletics, Australia)

Journalists

960

STOCKHOLM - Equestrian sports

Dates

10 - 17 June

Candidate cities

Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Berlin, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires

Participants

158 (13 women)

Participating Nations

29

Sports

1

Events

6

Medals awarded

18

Opening

Queen Elizabeth II and Gustav VI, King of Sweden

Last torch runner

Hans Wikne (Sweden, equestrian sports)

Flame lit by

Hans Wikne (Sweden, equestrian sports)

Olympic oath read by

Henri Saint-Cyr (Sweden, equestrian sports)

Journalists

501


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