1960 Summer Olympics

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Games of the XVII Olympiad
1960 Summer Olympics logo.png
Host city Rome, Italy
Nations participating 83
Athletes participating 5,338
(4,727 men, 611 women)
Events 150 in 17 sports
Opening ceremony August 25
Closing ceremony September 11
Officially opened by President Giovanni Gronchi
Athlete's Oath Adolfo Consolini
Olympic Torch Giancarlo Peris
Stadium Stadio Olimpico

The 1960 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XVII Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event held from August 25 to September 11, 1960 in Rome, Italy. Rome had been awarded the organization of the 1908 Summer Olympics, but after the 1906 eruption of Mount Vesuvius, was forced to decline and pass the honors to London.

Host city selection[edit]

On June 15, 1955, at the 50th IOC Session in Paris, France, Rome beat out Lausanne, Detroit, Budapest (being the first city of the Eastern Bloc to bid for the Olympic Games), Brussels, Mexico City and Tokyo for the rights to host the Games.[1]

1960 Summer Olympics bidding results[2]
City Country Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Rome  Italy 15 26 35
Lausanne   Switzerland 14 21 24
Detroit  United States 6 11
Budapest  Hungary 8 1
Brussels  Belgium 6
Mexico City  Mexico 6
Tokyo  Japan 4

Highlights[edit]

Venues[edit]

¹ New facilities constructed in preparation for the Olympic Games. ² Existing facilities modified or refurbished in preparation for the Olympic Games.

Games[edit]

Participating National Olympic Committees[edit]

Participants
Number of athletes per country

A total of 83 nations participated at the Rome Games. Athletes from Morocco, San Marino, Sudan, and Tunisia competed at the Olympic Games for the first time. Athletes from Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago would represent the new (British) West Indies Federation, competing as "Antilles", but this nation would only exist for this single Olympiad. Athletes from East Germany and West Germany would compete as the United Team of Germany from 1956-1964. The number in parentheses indicates the number of participants that each country contributed.

Participating National Olympic Committees
  • Suriname, also made its first Olympic appearance, but its lone athlete (Wim Esajas) withdrew from competition due to a scheduling error.[6]

Sports[edit]

The 1960 Summer Olympic programme featured 150 events in the following 17 sports:

Calendar[edit]

All dates are in Central European Time (UTC+1)
OC Opening ceremony Event competitions 1 Event finals CC Closing ceremony
August / September 25
Thu
26
Fri
27
Sat
28
Sun
29
Mon
30
Tue
31
Wed
1
Thu
2
Fri
3
Sat
4
Sun
5
Mon
6
Tue
7
Wed
8
Thu
9
Fri
10
Sat
11
Sun
Events
Ceremonies OC CC
Athletics 2 4 7 3 3 4 4 6 1 34
Basketball 1 1
Boxing 10 10
Canoeing 7 7
Cycling 2 1 2 1 6
Diving 1 1 1 1 4
Equestrian 1 1 2 1 5
Fencing 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 8
Field hockey 1 1
Football 1 1
Gymnastics 2 5 7 14
Modern pentathlon 2 2
Rowing 7 7
Sailing 5 5
Shooting 1 1 1 2 1 6
Swimming 2 1 2 2 3 2 3 15
Water polo 1 1
Weightlifting 2 2 2 1 7
Wrestling 8 8 16
Total event finals 2 4 11 5 14 8 11 15 14 15 12 12 11 15 1 150
Cumulative total 2 6 17 22 36 44 55 70 84 99 111 123 134 149 150
August / September 25
Thu
26
Fri
27
Sat
28
Sun
29
Mon
30
Tue
31
Wed
1
Thu
2
Fri
3
Sat
4
Sun
5
Mon
6
Tue
7
Wed
8
Thu
9
Fri
10
Sat
11
Sun
Events

Medal count[edit]

These are the top ten nations that won medals at the 1960 Games:[7]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Soviet Union 43 29 31 103
2 United States 34 21 16 71
3 Italy (host nation) 13 10 13 36
4 Germany 12 19 11 42
5 Australia 8 8 6 22
6 Turkey 7 2 0 9
7 Hungary 6 8 7 21
8 Japan 4 7 7 18
9 Poland 4 6 11 21
10 Czechoslovakia 3 2 3 8

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ IOC Vote History
  2. ^ "Past Olympic host city election results". GamesBids. Archived from the original on 17 March 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Maraniss, David (2008). Rome 1960: The Olympics That Changed the World (1st ed.). New York City, NY: Simon & Schuster. p. 138. ISBN 978-1-4165-3407-5. 
  4. ^ "Stories About USMS Swimmers". Usms.org. Retrieved 2011-03-23. 
  5. ^ "OLYMPICS AND TELEVISION - The Museum of Broadcast Communications". Museum.tv. Retrieved 2011-03-23. 
  6. ^ Official Olympic Reports. 
  7. ^ Byron, Lee; Cox, Amanda; Ericson, Matthew (August 4, 2008). "A Map of Olympic Medals". The New York Times. Retrieved February 26, 2012. 

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Melbourne/Stockholm
Summer Olympic Games
Rome

XVII Olympiad (1960)
Succeeded by
Tokyo