Games of the 17 Olympiad,1960
Begin1960-08-25
End1960-09-11
Nations83
Participants5338
Women611
Events150
CityRome, Italy (Neapol - Sailing)
  • Rome, the Italian capital won the right to host the Games of the 17 Olympiad in June 1955 at the 50th IOC session in Paris.
  • The other candidate cities were Detroit, USA, Budapest, Hungary, Lausanne, Switzerland, Tokyo, Japan, Mexico City and Brussels, Belgium.
  • Events were held at the modern arenas and in famous ancient sites such as the Caracalla Thermal baths - Gymnastics and the Maxence Basilica - Wrestling.
Rome 1960 - Medal Table
1. USSR
43
29
31
2. USA
34
21
16
3. Italy
13
10
13
8
8
6
6. Turkey
7
2
0
7. Hungary
6
8
7
8. Japan
4
7
7
9. Poland
4
6
11
3
2
3
11. Romania
3
1
6
2
6
12
13. Denmark
2
3
1
2
0
1
15. Bulgaria
1
3
1
16. Sweden
1
2
3
17. Finland
1
1
3
18. Austria
1
1
0
1
1
0
20. Pakistan
1
0
1
21. Ethiopia
1
0
0
21. Greece
1
0
0
21. Norway
1
0
0
0
3
3
25. France
0
2
3
26. Belgium
0
2
2
27. Iran
0
1
3
0
1
2
0
1
2
30. Argentina
0
1
1
30. Egypt
0
1
1
32. Canada
0
1
0
32. Taiwan
0
1
0
32. Ghana
0
1
0
32. India
0
1
0
32. Morocco
0
1
0
32. Portugal
0
1
0
32. Singapore
0
1
0
39. Brazil
0
0
2
41. Iraq
0
0
1
41. Mexico
0
0
1
41. Spain
0
0
1
41. Venezuela
0
0
1
Games of the 17 Olympiad,1960 - Some interesting facts
  • President Giovanni Gronchi officially opened the Olympic games 1960 at the new Olympic Stadium with total capacity for up to 90,000 spectators.
  • Thousands of athletes, except for the Soviet competitors, had received the blessing of the Pope John XXIII in St.Peter's Square.
  • The 1960 Olympic Games were the first Olympics to be fully covered by television - these Games were broadcasted live in 18 European countries and with a time delay of a few hours in the USA and Canada.
  • Among the many winners in Olympics 1960 was a light-heavyweight boxer of the USA named Cassius Clay. Later, after changing his name to Muhammad Ali, he became the greatest heavyweight champion ever.
  • The first African Olympic champion became marathon runner Abebe Bikila from Ethiopia, while running the race barefoot.
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