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1952 Helsinki, Finland
The number of participants was a world record. They were characterized by the return of the Germans and Japanese athletes and the first participation of the athletes of the USSR.
Czechoslovakian athlete Emil Zapotec made history, for himdself and his nation by winning gold medals in 10.000m, 5000m and the marathon. His wife coincidentally, was born on the same day. She also won the gold medal in the javelin event.
The "Superman from California" won his second gold medal in the decathlon in consecutive Olympiads. His name was Bob Matthias and he was the youngest decathlon Olympian in history at the age of 17.