History of the Games


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The Olympics in Photos


Photo: Library of Congress/New York World-Telegram and Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection
In the 1960 Summer Games in Rome, U.S. sprinter Wilma Rudolph (above) won three gold medals, Cassius Clay (later known as Muhammad Ali) won the light-heavyweight boxing gold medal, and Rafer Johnson won the decathlon. Ethiopia's Abebe Bikila won the marathon running barefooted. Boris Shakhlim of the USSR won four gold medals, two silvers, and a bronze in gymnastics. Hungary's Aladar Gerevich, at age 50, won a record sixth sabre-fencing gold medal.