South Africa rejoined the games and many countries previously part of the Soviet Union, such as Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Yugoslavia competed under their own flag for the first time since 1936 .
High Jumper Tim Forsyth from Thorpdale Latrobe Valley Vic stood 1.99m tall and was about to turn 19.
….. he charged in for his third and final attempt to clear 2.37 m and win an Olympic medal.
…….the height proved too great and he clipped the bar, relegating him to fourth place.
However, disappointment soon turned to euphoria when a scoring error was detected, which promoted Tim to third place, securing bronze