Athletics at the 1960 Summer Olympics

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Athletics
at the Games of the XVII Olympiad
Venue Stadio Olimpico
Dates August 31–September 8
Competitors 1,016 from 73 nations
«1956 1964»
Athletics at the
1960 Summer Olympics
Athletics pictogram.svg
Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men
800 m men women
1500 m men
5000 m men
10,000 m men
80 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men
3000 m
steeplechase
men
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men
Road events
Marathon men
20 km walk men
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men
High jump men women
Pole vault men
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men
Combined events
Decathlon men

At the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, 34 events in athletics were contested, 24 by men and 10 by women. There were a total number of 1016 participating athletes from 73 countries.

Medal summary[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
details
 Armin Hary
Germany (EUA)
10.2
(=OR)
 Dave Sime
United States (USA)
10.2
(=OR)
 Peter Radford
Great Britain (GBR)
10.3
200 metres
details
 Livio Berruti
Italy (ITA)
20.5
(=WR)
 Lester Carney
United States (USA)
20.6  Abdoulaye Seye
France (FRA)
20.7
400 metres
details
 Otis Davis
United States (USA)
44.9
(WR)
 Carl Kaufmann
Germany (EUA)
44.9
(WR)
 Malcolm Spence
South Africa (RSA)
45.5
800 metres
details
 Peter Snell
New Zealand (NZL)
1:46.3
(OR)
 Roger Moens
Belgium (BEL)
1:46.5  George Kerr
British West Indies (BWI)
1:47.1
1500 metres
details
 Herb Elliott
Australia (AUS)
3:35.6
(WR)
 Michel Jazy
France (FRA)
3:38.4  István Rózsavölgyi
Hungary (HUN)
3:39.2
5000 metres
details
 Murray Halberg
New Zealand (NZL)
13:43.4  Hans Grodotzki
Germany (EUA)
13:44.6  Kazimierz Zimny
Poland (POL)
13:44.8
10,000 metres
details
 Pyotr Bolotnikov
Soviet Union (URS)
28:32.2
(OR)
 Hans Grodotzki
Germany (EUA)
28:37.0  David Power
Australia (AUS)
28:38.2
110 metres hurdles
details
 Lee Calhoun
United States (USA)
13.8  William May
United States (USA)
13.8  Hayes Jones
United States (USA)
14.0
400 metres hurdles
details
 Glenn Davis
United States (USA)
49.3
(OR)
 Clifton Cushman
United States (USA)
49.6  Dick Howard
United States (USA)
49.7
3000 metres steeplechase
details
 Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak
Poland (POL)
8:34.2
(OR)
 Nikolay Sokolov
Soviet Union (URS)
8:36.4  Semyon Rzhishchin
Soviet Union (URS)
8:42.2
4×100 metres relay
details
 Germany (EUA)
Bernd Cullmann
Armin Hary
Walter Mahlendorf
Martin Lauer
39.5
(=WR)
 Soviet Union (URS)
Gusman Kosanov
Leonid Bartenev
Yuriy Konovalov
Edvin Ozolin
40.1  Great Britain (GBR)
Peter Radford
David Jones
David Segal
Nick Whitehead
40.2
4×400 metres relay
details
 United States (USA)
Jack Yerman
Earl Young
Glenn Davis
Otis Davis
3:02.2
(WR)
 Germany (EUA)
Manfred Kinder
Joachim Reske
Johannes Kaiser
Carl Kaufmann
3:02.7  British West Indies (BWI)
George Kerr
James Wedderburn
Keith Gardner
Malcolm Spence
3:04.0
20 kilometres walk
details
 Vladimir Golubnichy
Soviet Union (URS)
1:34:07.2  Noel Freeman
Australia (AUS)
1:34:16.4  Stan Vickers
Great Britain (GBR)
1:34.56.4
50 kilometres walk
details
 Don Thompson
Great Britain (GBR)
4:25:30.0
(OR)
 John Ljunggren
Sweden (SWE)
4:25:47.0  Abdon Pamich
Italy (ITA)
4:27:55.4
Marathon
details
 Abebe Bikila
Ethiopia (ETH)
2:15:16.2
(WB)
 Rhadi Ben Abdesselam
Morocco (MAR)
2:15:41.6  Barry Magee
New Zealand (NZL)
2:17:18.2
Long jump
details
 Ralph Boston
United States (USA)
8.12 m
(OR)
 Irvin Roberson
United States (USA)
8.11 m  Igor Ter-Ovanesyan
Soviet Union (URS)
8.04 m
Triple jump
details
 Józef Szmidt
Poland (POL)
16.81 m
(OR)
 Vladimir Goryaev
Soviet Union (URS)
16.63 m  Vitold Kreer
Soviet Union (URS)
16.43 m
High jump
details
 Robert Shavlakadze
Soviet Union (URS)
2.16 m
(OR)
 Valeriy Brumel
Soviet Union (URS)
2.16 m
(OR)
 John Thomas
United States (USA)
2.14 m
Pole vault
details
 Don Bragg
United States (USA)
4.70 m
(OR)
 Ron Morris
United States (USA)
4.60 m  Eeles Landström
Finland (FIN)
4.55 m
Shot put
details
 Bill Nieder
United States (USA)
19.68 m
(OR)
 Parry O'Brien
United States (USA)
19.11 m  Dallas Long
United States (USA)
19.01 m
Discus throw
details
 Al Oerter
United States (USA)
59.18 m
(OR)
 Rink Babka
United States (USA)
58.02 m  Dick Cochran
United States (USA)
57.16 m
Hammer throw
details
 Vasili Rudenkov
Soviet Union (URS)
67.10 m
(OR)
 Gyula Zsivótzky
Hungary (HUN)
65.79 m  Tadeusz Rut
Poland (POL)
65.64 m
Javelin throw
details
 Viktor Tsybulenko
Soviet Union (URS)
84.64 m  Walter Krüger
Germany (EUA)
79.36 m  Gergely Kulcsár
Hungary (HUN)
78.57 m
Decathlon
details
 Rafer Johnson
United States (USA)
8392
(OR)
 Yang Chuan-Kwang
Republic of China (ROC)
8334  Vasili Kuznetsov
Soviet Union (URS)
7809

Women[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
details
 Wilma Rudolph
United States (USA)
11.0  Dorothy Hyman
Great Britain (GBR)
11.3  Giuseppina Leone
Italy (ITA)
11.3
200 metres
details
 Wilma Rudolph
United States (USA)
24.0  Jutta Heine
Germany (EUA)
24.4  Dorothy Hyman
Great Britain (GBR)
24.7
800 metres
details
 Lyudmila Shevtsova
Soviet Union (URS)
2:04.3
(=WR)
 Brenda Jones
Australia (AUS)
2:04.4  Ursula Donath
Germany (EUA)
2:05.6
80 metres hurdles
details
 Irina Press
Soviet Union (URS)
10.8  Carole Quinton
Great Britain (GBR)
10.9  Gisela Birkemeyer
Germany (EUA)
11.0
4×100 metres relay
details
 United States (USA)
Martha Hudson
Lucinda Williams
Barbara Jones
Wilma Rudolph
44.5  Germany (EUA)
Martha Langbein
Anni Biechl
Brunhilde Hendrix
Jutta Heine
44.8  Poland (POL)
Teresa Wieczorek
Barbara Janiszewska
Celina Jesionowska
Halina Richter
45.0
Long jump
details
 Vera Krepkina
Soviet Union (URS)
6.37 m
(OR)
 Elżbieta Krzesińska
Poland (POL)
6.27 m  Hildrun Claus
Germany (EUA)
6.21 m
High jump
details
 Iolanda Balaş
Romania (ROU)
1.85 m
(OR)
 Jarosława Jóźwiakowska
Poland (POL)
1.71 m none awarded
 Dorothy Shirley
Great Britain (GBR)
1.71 m
Shot put
details
 Tamara Press
Soviet Union (URS)
17.32 m
(OR)
 Johanna Lüttge
Germany (EUA)
16.61 m  Earlene Brown
United States (USA)
16.42 m
Discus throw
details
 Nina Ponomaryova
Soviet Union (URS)
55.10 m
(OR)
 Tamara Press
Soviet Union (URS)
52.59 m  Lia Manoliu
Romania (ROU)
52.36 m
Javelin throw
details
 Elvīra Ozoliņa
Soviet Union (URS)
55.98 m
(OR)
 Dana Zátopková
Czechoslovakia (TCH)
53.78 m  Birutė Kalėdienė
Soviet Union (URS)
53.45 m

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States (USA) 12 8 6 26
2  Soviet Union (URS) 11 5 5 21
3  Germany (EUA) 2 8 3 13
4  Poland (POL) 2 2 3 7
5  New Zealand (NZL) 2 0 1 3
6  Great Britain (GBR) 1 3 4 8
7  Australia (AUS) 1 2 1 4
8  Italy (ITA) 1 0 2 3
9  Romania (ROU) 1 0 1 2
10  Ethiopia (ETH) 1 0 0 1
11  Hungary (HUN) 0 1 2 3
12  France (FRA) 0 1 1 2
13  Belgium (BEL) 0 1 0 1
 Czechoslovakia (TCH) 0 1 0 1
 Morocco (MAR) 0 1 0 1
 Republic of China (ROC) 0 1 0 1
 Sweden (SWE) 0 1 0 1
18  British West Indies (BWI) 0 0 2 2
19  Finland (FIN) 0 0 1 1
 South Africa (RSA) 0 0 1 1

Records broken[edit]

During the 1960 Summer Olympic Games, 28 new Olympic records and 4 new world records were set in the athletics events.

Men's Olympic and world records[edit]

Event Date Round Name Nationality Result OR WR
100 metres August 31 Final Armin Hary Germany 10.2 s OR
200 metres September 3 Semi-Final Livio Berruti Italy 20.5 s OR
400 metres September 6 Final Otis Davis United States 44.9 s OR WR
800 metres September 2 Final Peter Snell New Zealand 1:46.3 OR
1,500 metres September 6 Final Herb Elliott Australia 3:35.6 OR WR
10,000 metres September 8 Final Pyotr Bolotnikov Soviet Union 28:32.2 OR
4x400 metre relay September 8 Final Jack Yerman
Earl Young
Glenn Davis
Otis Davis
United States 3:02.2 OR WR
400 metre hurdles September 2 Final Glenn Davis United States 49.3 s OR
3,000 metre steeplechase September 3 Final Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak Poland 8:34.2 OR
Marathon September 10 Final Abebe Bikila Ethiopia 2:15:16.2 OR
50km walk September 7 Final Don Thompson Great Britain 4:25:30.0 OR
High jump September 3 Final Robert Shavlakadze
Valeriy Brumel
Soviet Union 2.16 m OR
Long jump September 2 Final Ralph Boston United States 8.12 m OR
Triple jump September 6 Final Józef Szmidt Poland 16.81 m OR
Pole vault September 7 Final Don Bragg United States 4.70 m OR
Shot put August 31 Final Bill Nieder United States 19.68 m OR
Hammer throw September 3 Final Vasily Rudenkov Soviet Union 67.10 m OR
Decathlon September 6 Final Rafer Johnson United States 8,392 points OR

Women's Olympic and world records[edit]

Event Date Round Name Nationality Result OR WR
100 metres September 2 Semi-Final Wilma Rudolph United States 11.3 s OR
200 metres September 3 First Round Wilma Rudolph United States 23.2 s OR
800 metres September 7 Final Lyudmila Shevtsova Soviet Union 2:04.03 OR
80 metre hurdles August 31 Semi-Final Irina Press Soviet Union 10.6 s OR
4x100 metre relay September 7 First Round Martha Hudson
Lucinda Williams
Barbara Jones
Wilma Rudolph
United States 44.4 s OR WR
High jump September 8 Final Iolanda Balaş Romania 1.85 m OR
Long jump August 31 Final Vera Krepkina Soviet Union 6.37 m OR
Discus throw September 5 Final Nina Romashkova Soviet Union 55.10 m OR
Shot put September 2 Final Tamara Press Soviet Union 17.32 m OR
Javelin throw September 1 Final Elvīra Ozoliņa Soviet Union 55.98 m OR

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