Olympic Flashback: Cassius Clay Wins Boxing Gold Medal in Rome 1960

By Andrew Fisher

As we countdown to the 2012 London Olympics, it’s only right that we take a look at some of the great moments in USA Olympic history.

The games give athletes a chance to prove that they are truly the best in the world at what they do. The Olympics have produced some of the greatest sports moments of all time.

So let’s take a look at Rantsports.com‘s USA Olympic Flashback #2-

Cassius Clay Wins Boxing Light Heavyweight Gold Medal – Rome 1960


As an amateur from Louisville, Kentucky, Clay won a total of 6 Kentucky Gold Gloves and 2 National Gold Gloves, on his way to a record of 100-5. 

Before Muhammad Ali, there was an 18 year old named Cassius Clay (178 lbs) that entered the Light Heavyweight division of the 1960 Rome Olympics. Clay went 5-0 on his way to winning gold.

He received a first round bye, and then went on to win his next fight due to a referee stoppage in the 2nd round. He would then finish off his last three fights with convincing unanimous decisions.

The gold medal fight was against Poland’s Zbigniew Pietrzykowski, who was making a return trip to the Olympics after winning bronze in Melbourne 1956. In addition to the silver he took home in Rome, Pietrzykowski would also go on to win another bronze in Tokyo four years later.

As for Cassius Clay, he did alright too…

Check out more Olympic flashbacks from Rantsports.com:

Michael Johnson Wins Double Gold in Atlanta 1996

Dream Team Flashback: Clyde Drexler Foul Line Dunk

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