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Rome
1960

DateAugust 25 - September 11
CountryItaly
Athletes5338
Teams83
Events150
Rome 1960
Abebe Bikila: barefoot to Olympic gold
Rome 1960
Rome 1960: Wilma Rudolph stormed to gold
Rome 1960
Clay strikes first blow in unparalleled boxing career
Rome 1960
Gymnast Latynina collects six more medals en route to record haul

About the Games

Dramatic Setting

Rome finally got its chance to stage the Olympic Games, 54 years after Italy had to give up hosting the Games. These Games saw a close union between sport and culture in this city on the banks of the Tiber with a rich historical past. The Italians made the most of their ancient history, holding the wrestling competition in the Basilica of Maxentius and gymnastics in the Caracalla Baths.

Repeat Performers

Paul Elvstrom of Denmark won his fourth consecutive yachting gold medal in the single-handed dinghy class. Hungarian fencer Aladar Gerevich earned his sixth consecutive gold medal in the team sabre event, and in canoeing Sweden’s Gert Fredriksson won his sixth gold medal.

Barefoot and Victorious

Running barefoot, the Ethiopian runner Abebe Bikila did not go unnoticed when he entered the marathon. He refused to be daunted by condescending remarks, however, leaving all his opponents behind and crossing the finishing line victorious under Constantine's triumphal arch. In doing so, he became the first Black African Olympic champion.

Rome
1960

Featured Athletes

All AthletesVisit
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Soviet UnionSoviet Union
3
G
2
S
1
B
Soviet UnionSoviet Union
4
G
2
S
1
B
United States of AmericaUnited States of America
3
G
JapanJapan
3
G
1
S
2
B

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Rome 1960

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Rome 1960: Wilma Rudolph stormed to gold

Rome 1960
Rome
1960

Discover the Games

The Brand

A visual identity is developed for each edition of the Olympic Games.

The Medals

Beginning as an olive wreath, medal designs have evolved over the years.

The Torch

An iconic part of any Olympic Games, each host offers their unique version.