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 →

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

Women[edit]

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