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Melbourne 1956 - Key Facts

ESPN staff
October 12, 2011
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Australia's Ron Clarke lit the flame to open the Games © PA Photos
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Dates
November 22 - December 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 given out
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
June 10-17

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

Participants
158 (13 women)

Participating Nations
29

Sports
1

Events
6

Medals
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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