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Rome 1960 Olympics

The City of Rome: Rome is the capital of Italy. Rome is also the capital of its region, Latium. The city is located at the Confluence of two rivers- Tiber and Aniene. Rome was once the capital of the Great Roman Empire . Now it is one of the largest capital cities in Europe. Roman Forum and Palatine, Trajan's Forum and Trajan's Markets, Colosseum, Sistine Chapel & Vatican Museums, St Peter's Basilica, Capitoline Museums, The Spanish Steps and Keats - Shelley Memorial House and Piazza Navona.

The Seventeenth Olympiad: The 1960 Summer Games were officially known as the Games of the XVII Olympiad . The Games were held in Rome, the capital of Italy in the year 1960 . Rome was chosen the host of the 1908 Summer Olympics . However, after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius , the games were organized in London .

Venue: The Seventeenth Olympiad was held at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy.

Stadio Olimpico is located on the Foro Italico. The stadium was built in 1936 and has a capacity of 82,307.

Participants: 5348 competitors took part in the seventeenth Olympiad . The 83 countries which participated in the Games were Afghanistan, Antilles, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, British Guiana, Bulgaria, Burma, Canada, Ceylon, Chile, Republic of China, Colombia, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, Greece, Haiti, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Liberia, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Rhodesia, San Marino, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Republic, U.S.S.R., U.S.A., Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam and Yugoslavia.

Events: In the seventeenth Olympiad there were 150 events in 17 sports. The sports included in the program were athletics, basketball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, diving, equestrian, fencing, football, gymnastics, hockey, modern pentathlon, rowing, shooting, swimming, water polo, weightlifting, wrestling and yachting.

Medal Count: U.S.S.R. was the winner of the Seventeenth Summer Games with a total of 103 medals ( 43 gold, 29 silver and 31 bronze) . United States won 71 medals with 34 gold . Italy, the host country won 36 medals in total with 13 gold medals.

A Brief Description of the Seventeenth Olympiad: The Seventeenth Summer Games were held from 25 th August to 11 th September in the year 1960 in Rome, the capital of Italy. The Games were officially opened by Giovanni Gronchi. The athletes uttered Olympic oath led by Adolfo Consolini. In the stadium, the Olympic Flame was lit by Giancarlo Peris.

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Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament. 

Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.

In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds.  Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.

Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.


Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did

French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.

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