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Hideko Maehata on the podium

Hideko Maehata on the podium

NHK announcer Kasai Sansei's commentary on the live broadcast of the women's 200-meter breaststroke final at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, known as "Maehata Ganbare". According to Kasai, the whole venue was standing for the close race between Japan's Hideko Maehata and Germany's Martha Genenger, making it impossible to see the pool, so Kasai jumped up on the table with a microphone to continue commentating.


Introductory Guides to Japanese Historical Recordings: "Wartime Songs in Japan as 'Merchandise'" and "Ainu Traditional Music Recordings in the Historical Recordings Collection" are now available in English.
Approximately 600 historical recordings are newly available online.
See also National Diet Library News External link.
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