On This Date 9/5/1960
Cassius Clay is one of three Americans to win a Boxing Gold Medal at the Summer Olympics in Rome. The 18-year-old from Louisville scored an impressive unanimous decision in the light-heavyweight division over three-time European champion Zbigniew Pietrzytkowski from Poland. Anthony Madigan of Australia and Giulio Saraudi of Italy won the Bronze Medals. Upon returning to the USA, Clay would throw his medal into the Ohio River after being refused service. He was given a replacement medal after lighting the Olympic Cauldron in 1996.