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Athletics at the 1960 Summer Olympics

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.

Athletics
at the Games of the XVII Olympiad
VenueStadio Olimpico
DatesAugust 31–September 8
Competitors1,016 from 73 nations
← 1956
1964 →

Contents

Medal summaryEdit

MenEdit

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
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
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
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
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
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

WomenEdit

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
High jump
details
Iolanda Balaş
  Romania
1.85 m (OR) Jarosława Jóźwiakowska
  Poland
1.71 m none awarded
Dorothy Shirley
  Great Britain
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
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 tableEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  United States (USA)128626
2  Soviet Union (URS)115521
3  United Team of Germany (EUA)28313
4  Poland (POL)2237
5  New Zealand (NZL)2013
6  Great Britain (GBR)1348
7  Australia (AUS)1214
8  Italy (ITA)1023
9  Romania (ROU)1012
10  Ethiopia (ETH)1001
11  Hungary (HUN)0123
12  France (FRA)0112
13  Belgium (BEL)0101
  Czechoslovakia (TCH)0101
  Morocco (MAR)0101
  Republic of China (ROC)0101
  Sweden (SWE)0101
18  British West Indies (BWI)0022
19  Finland (FIN)0011
  South Africa (RSA)0011
Totals (20 nations)343533102


Records brokenEdit

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 recordsEdit

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 recordsEdit

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

ReferencesEdit