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1964 Tokyo, Japan
The Japanese spent large amounts of money (USD 3 billion) to prove that the consequences of the war were far behind. They concentrated on all sectors necessary for the successful staging of the Games, including athletic constructions, transportation networks redevelopment of various city buildings and especially on technology. Their message was received.
They successfully motivated the entire nation to aid in the staging of the Olympic Games. The Japanese people greeted both athletes and visitors with a big smile on their face, a smile that forced the visitors and athletes to fulfill their duties without any complaint.
Emperor Hirohito proclaimed the commencement ceremony. The Olympic Anthem was conducted by 560 musicians and performed by a choir of 350 members. The Japanese were so keen to watch the ceremony that 3.562.000 petitions were made for 35.000 tickets. The only nation that was not present at these Games was South Africa due to its disqualification for political reasons. It was the last time we saw a unified Germany competing in the Olympic Games.
Billy Mills, a native - American born in South - Dakota was the first surprise of the 64 Games in the 10000m. The favorite to win the race was the Australian Ronald Clark who was holding on in the final lap from an attack from the Tunisian Mohamed Camundi. While these two athletes were fighting for first place, the American came from behind to grab the victory. It was the only victory for the USA in the 10000m event.
Electronic timing was used for the first time in the 100 meters and recorded the time of Bob Hayes (USA) 10.5 seconds.