On This Day in 1960: Muhammad Ali Wins Olympic Gold

On this day, September 5, 1960, sports history was made at the XVII Olympic Games in Rome.

Cassius Marcellus Clay, now known as Muhammad Ali, won the gold medal in boxing’s light heavyweight division by defeating Zbigniew Pietrzykowski from Poland.

The victory helped catapult Clay in a career where he would eventually become an international sports superstar as well as controversial cultural figure in the United States.

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