Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) Wins Olympic Boxing Gold – Rome 1960 Olympics

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As Cassius Clay, Ali travelled to the 1960 Rome Games to compete in the light heavyweight division.

Despite being only 18, he won all four of his fights easily. In the final he defeated three-time European champion Zbigniew Pietrzykowski to win the gold medal.

Clay turned professional and won the heavyweight World Championship for the first time in 1964, beating Sonny Liston in a legendary fight. Over the next four years he defended his title nine times, converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali.

In 1996, Ali was chosen to light the flame during the Opening Ceremony of the Atlanta Olympic Games. He has devoted much of his life to humanitarian affairs. In 1998 Ali was honoured with the United Nations Messenger of Peace award. At the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Muhammad Ali was chosen to carry the Olympic flag.

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