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The huge tower measuring 168.4 meters which was supposed to lean across the top of the stadium roof was only half completed -- and not finished until 1987.

Family affair

Boxing brothers Michael and Leon Spinks both did the family name proud with a gold medal each in their respective weight divisions. Michael, 20, won the middleweight division after only two contests (two forfeits), while Leon won the light-heavywight title just minutes after his younger brother's victory.


East Germany's Kornelia Ender, who won four Olympic titles in Montreal (100m and 200m freestyle, 100m butterfly, and 4x100m) and her compatriot Roland Matthes, who won eight medals including four gold over three Olympiads, were married two months before the Games. A few years later the couple divorced.


The Soviet wrestler Levan Tediatchvili recorded a victory in the light-heavyweight division -- prolonging his unbeaten record (since 1971) -- four years after winning the title in the middleweight division. A student of law and vine-growing, his method of winning depended on some outside help -- he would search out a young woman in the crowd and give her a wink before making the final and decisive move on his opponent.


The Soviet Union's 38-year-old fencing competitor, Boris Onischenko, was thrown out of the modern pentathlon fencing competition for shame-faced trickery when it was discovered that he had a switch hidden in his glove which lit the scoring lamp -- even when he had not touched his opponent.

Father and son

Hungary's Miklos Nemeth won the javelin event, setting a new world record in the process (94.58m). Mrs. Nemeth must have been proud that day -- as a certain Imre Nemeth achieved the same thing with the hammer in the 1948 Games. Imre was, of course, the father of Miklos -- and both were remembered for their unique "father-son" achievement in Olympic field events.

Copyright 2008 Agence France-Presse.

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