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5 iconic Olympic moments of Muhammad Ali

  • Across decades, the legendary boxer had us witness some unforgettable scenes in the Olympic Games.
Tanuj Kar
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 07:10 IST
Ali was presented with a replacement for his 1960 Gold medal during the Atlanta Olympics in 1996

The greatest ever heavyweight professional boxer in the history of the sport, Muhammad Ali, formerly Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., met his demise on Friday, 3 June 2016 at the age of 74. His innumerable accolades achieved in course of a 22-year-long pro boxing career is already known far and wide.

Let us now take a look at some iconic Olympic moments that the legend had us witness throughout his illustrious life:

1) 1960 Summer Olympics – Rome

USA’s Cassius Clay in action during Men's Light-Heavyweight Gold Medal bout vs Poland’s Zbigniew Pietrzykowski at Palazzo dello Sport, Rome

The Games that got the ball rolling towards a professional career. It’s where the teenage Cassius Clay battered his way to the pinnacle of amateur boxing success by winning his maiden Olympic Gold medal for USA in the Light Heavyweight (81kg) category.

His victims during the knockout rounds were Yvon Becaus of Belgium, Gennadiy Shatkov of the Soviet Union and the Aussie boxer Anthony Madigan before Zbigniew Pietrzykowski of Poland fell to him 0-5 in the final clash to settle for silver.

Gold medalist Cassius Clay flanked by Zbigniew Pietrzykowski of Poland (R) - silver and Giulio Saraudi (Italy) and Anthony Madigan (Australia) - joint bronze winners
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