05/09/1960 Muhammad Ali wins the gold medal at the Olympic Games
ALI WINS GOLD MEDAL 1960
Boxing - 1978 - Special - 1960 Rome Olympics Boxing - When Muhammad Ali Was Cassius Clay
Muhammad Ali won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome and turned professional later that year. Ali said in his 1975 autobiography that shortly after his return from the Rome Olympics, he threw his gold medal into the Ohio River after he and a friend were refused service at a "whites-only" restaurant.