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GAMES OF THE 17 OLYMPIAD

Games of the 17 Olympiad,1960
Start:
25 Aug 1960
End:
11 Sep 1960
Countries:
83
Athletes:
5338
Women:
611
Events:
150
City:
Rome, Italy (Neapol - Sailing)

ROME 1960 - Bid History

  • 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.

Games of the 17 Olympiad,1960 - 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.

Summer Olympics 1960 - Medal Table

Gold Medals
Silver Medals
Bronze Medals
Total
1
43
29
31
103
2
USA
34
21
16
71
3
13
10
13
36
5
8
8
6
22
6
7
2
0
9
7
6
8
7
21
8
4
7
7
18
9
4
6
11
21
10
3
2
3
8
11
3
1
6
10
12
2
6
12
20
13
2
3
1
6
14
2
0
1
3
15
1
3
1
5
16
1
2
3
6
17
1
1
3
5
18
1
1
0
2
18
1
1
0
2
20
1
0
1
2
21
1
0
0
1
21
1
0
0
1
21
1
0
0
1
24
0
3
3
6
25
0
2
3
5
26
0
2
2
4
27
0
1
3
4
28
0
1
2
3
28
0
1
2
3
30
0
1
1
2
30
0
1
1
2
32
0
1
0
1
32
0
1
0
1
32
0
1
0
1
32
0
1
0
1
32
0
1
0
1
32
0
1
0
1
32
0
1
0
1
39
0
0
2
2
41
0
0
1
1
41
0
0
1
1
41
0
0
1
1
41
0
0
1
1