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** Rome, Italy which had missed hosting the 1908 Games, was the home city of
Emperor Theodosius who had ended the Ancient Games 1567 years before.
** The 1960 Games was the first to have worldwide television coverage.
** The marathon event of the 1960 Games at Rome began at the Capitol Hill
and finished on the Appian Way, near the Arch of Constantine. This was the
only occasion when the marathon event had not started or ended in the main
** The wrestling events of the 1960 Rome Games were held in Basilica of
Maxentius, the site of wrestling contests 2000 years earlier.
** American runner Wilma Rudolph who three gold medals in the sprints in the
1960 Games had suffered from polio as a child.
** German Armin Hary became the first-ever sprinter from a
non-English-speaking country to win the men's 100m event during the 1960
Games, while Italian Livio Berruti became the first non-North American to
the 200m event. In the men's high jump Soviet Union's Robert Shavlakadze
became the first athlete from a non-English speaking country to win a gold
in this event.
** In the swimming event of the 1960 Games Britain's Anita Lonsbrough in the
200m breaststroke was the only one in the fifteen events to win a gold. Rest
of the titles were won by either by Australia or United States.
** In the 100m freestyle swimming event in the 1960 Games American Lance
Larson who was timed at one-tenth faster than Australian John Devitt, was
still placed second despite the slow-motion film indicating that the former
** Crown Prince Constantine (later King Constantine II of Greece) won the
second Royal gold medal in Olympic history when he claimed the Dragon class
yachting title in the 1960 Games.
** In the Flying Dutchman class in the 1960 Games Norway's Peder Lunde Jr
became the third generation of his family to win a medal by equaling his
grandfather's gold in 1924, but bettering his parent's silver in the 1952
** Denmark's Paul Elvstrom during the 1960 Games won his fourth consecutive
individual gold medal in dinghy sailing to become the first sportsman in
from any sport to achieve this distinction.
** Ghana's Clement "Ike" Quartey, who won the silver in the light-welter
category in the boxing event of the 1960 Games became the first black
African to win an Olympic medal.
** Soviet gymnast Boris Shakhlin in 1960 won seven medals (4 gold, 2 silver,
1 bronze) then the most by any athlete in one Games.
** Hungarian fencer Aladar Gerevich in 1960 at the age of 50 years won his
sixth team sabre gold medal in as many Games - a feat unsurpassed by any
other Olympic competitor.
** The 1960 light-heavyweight boxing title went to an American Cassius Clay,
who became a professional after the Games, and later, as Mohammad Ali became
one of the richest sportsman in history.
** Italian Sante Gaiardoni became the only cyclist in Olympic history to win
both the time trial and the match sprint events during the 1960 Games.
** Britain's Don Thompson won the 50km walk race of the 1960 Games by
exercising in a bathroom filled with heaters and boiling kettles to combat
the Roman summer heat.
** Australian Bill Roycroft suffering from a concussion and a broken
collarbone after a fall in the three-day equestrian event in the 1960 Games,
left his hospital bed to compete in the jumping test, which ensured a gold
medal for this country.
** India lost for the first time in the men's field hockey since 1928 when
Pakistan beat them 1-0 in the 1960 final. This defeat came after 30
consecutive victories and six successive gold medals.
** Yugoslavia won its first soccer gold medal in the 1960 Games after three
successive silver medals.
** Danish cyclist Knut Jensen collapsed and died during the 1960 Games.
Originally diagnosed due to excessive heat, but it was later revealed as the
result of drug overdose.