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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.