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Great Britain at the 1956 Summer Olympics

Great Britain at the Olympic Games

Flag of the United Kingdom
IOC code  GBR
NOC British Olympic Association
Website www.olympics.org.uk
At the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne/Stockholm
Competitors 189 (163 men and 26 women) in 17 sports
Flag bearer George Mackenzie
Medals
Rank: 8
Gold
6
Silver
7
Bronze
11
Total
24
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games
Winter Games
Intercalated Games
1906

The United Kingdom competed as Great Britain at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. British athletes have competed in every Summer Olympic Games. 189 competitors, 163 men and 26 women, took part in 108 events in 17 sports.[1]

The Melbourne Games saw an improvement on Great Britain and Northern Ireland's performance at the two preceding Games. British athletes won six gold medals (up from just one in 1952). Overall, they won twenty-four medals, finishing eighth.

Contents

  • Medallists 1
    • Gold 1.1
    • Silver 1.2
    • Bronze 1.3
  • Athletics 2
  • Boxing 3
  • Canoeing 4
  • Cycling 5
  • Diving 6
  • Fencing 7
  • Football 8
  • Gymnastics 9
  • Hockey 10
  • Modern pentathlon 11
  • Rowing 12
  • Sailing 13
  • Shooting 14
  • Swimming 15
  • Water polo 16
  • Weightlifting 17
  • Wrestling 18
  • References 19

Medallists

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Athletics

Men's 110m Hurdles

  • Heat — 14.5s (→ did not advance)
  • Heat — 14.8s (→ did not advance)

Men's 1500m

  • Final— 3:42.6 (→ 5th place)
  • Ian Boyd
  • Final— 3:43.0 (→ 8th place)
  • Ken Wood
  • Final— 3:44.76 (→ 9th place)

Men's Marathon

Women's Discus Throw

  • Qualifying Round — 41.45 m (→ did not advance, 14th place)

Boxing

Men's Light Flyweight (– 48 kg)

Men's Flyweight (– 51 kg)

Men's Bantamweight (– 54 kg)

Men's Featherweight (– 57 kg)

Men's Light Welterweight (– 63.5 kg)

Men's Light Middleweight (– 67 kg)

Men's Middleweight (– 75 kg)

Canoeing

Cycling

Sprint
Time trial
Tandem
Team pursuit
Team road race
Individual road race

Diving

Men's 10m Platform

  • Preliminary Round — 68.34 (→ did not advance, 14th place)
  • Preliminary Round — 62.56 (→ did not advance, 20th place)
  • Preliminary Round — 60.08 (→ did not advance, 21st place)

Women's 10m Platform

  • Preliminary Round — 49.15
  • Final — 76.15 (→ 7th place)
  • Preliminary Round — 46.55
  • Final — 69.05 (→ 12th place)

Fencing

Nine fencers, seven men and two women, represented Great Britain in 1956.

Men's foil
Men's team foil
Men's épée
Men's team épée
Men's sabre
Men's team sabre
Women's foil

Football

Gymnastics

The British Gymnastics team competed in 15 events, and was made up of 14 gymnasts, (6 men and 8 women), including Frank Turner, competing in his third Summer Olympics.

Hockey

Modern pentathlon

Three male pentathletes represented Great Britain in 1956.

Individual
Team
  • Donald Cobley
  • Thomas Hudson
  • George Norman

Rowing

  • Eight - M G Delahooke, J A L Russell, S G D Tozer, A R Watson, I Welsh, Chris Davidge, R A Wheadon, K A Masser, J F K Hinde

Sailing

Shooting

Six shooters represented Great Britain in 1956.

25 m pistol
50 m pistol
300 m rifle, three positions
50 m rifle, three positions
50 m rifle, prone
Trap

Swimming

Water polo

Weightlifting

Wrestling

References

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