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Games of the XVII Olympiad
Games of the 16th Olympiad
Host city Rome, Italy
Nations participating 83
Athletes participating 5,338
(4,727 men, 611 women)
Events 150 in 17 sports
Opening ceremony August 25
Closing ceremony September 11
Officially opened by President Giovanni Gronchi
Athlete's Oath Adolfo Consolini
Olympic Torch Giancarlo Peris
Stadium Stadio Olimpico

The 1960 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XVII Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event held in Rome, Italy, in 1960. Rome had been awarded the organization of the 1908 Summer Olympics, but after the 1906 eruption of Mount Vesuvius, was forced to decline and pass the honors to London.

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Host Selection

On June 15, 1955, at the 50th IOC Session in Paris, France, Rome beat out Lausanne, Detroit, Budapest (being the first city of the Eastern Bloc to bid for the hosting of the Olympics), Brussels, Mexico City and Tokyo for the rights to the Games.

The vote results below, in chart form, are compliments of the International Olympic Committee Vote History web page.

1960 Summer Olympics Bidding Results
City NOC Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Rome  Italy 15 26 35
Lausanne  Switzerland 14 21 24
Detroit  United States 6 11 -
Budapest  Hungary 8 1 -
Brussels  Belgium 6 - -
Mexico City  Mexico 6 - -
Tokyo  Japan 4 - -

Highlights

Venues

¹ New facilities constructed in preparation for the Olympic Games. ² Existing facilities modified or refurbished in preparation for the Olympic Games.

Events and Medals awarded

See for individual sports and for medal winners, ordered by sport:

Participating nations

Participants
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A total of 84 nations participated at the Rome Games. Athletes from Morocco, San Marino, Sudan, and Tunisia competed at the Olympic Games for the first time. Suriname also made its first Olympic appearance, but its lone athlete withdrew from competition, leaving a total of 83 nations that actually competed. Athletes from Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago would represent the new (British) West Indies Federation, but this nation would only exist for this single Olympiad. Athletes from East Germany and West Germany would compete as the United Team of Germany from 1956-1964.

Medal count

These are the top ten nations that won medals at these Games:

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Soviet Union 43 29 31 103
2 United States 34 21 16 71
3 Italy (host nation) 13 10 13 36
4 Germany 12 19 11 42
5 Australia 8 8 6 22
6 Turkey 7 2 0 9
7 Hungary 6 8 7 21
8 Japan 4 7 7 18
9 Poland 4 6 11 21
10 Czechoslovakia 3 2 3 8

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Notes

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Preceded by
Melbourne
Summer Olympic Games
Rome

XVII Olympiad (1960)
Succeeded by
Tokyo
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Simple English

The 1960 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XVII Olympiad, were held in 1960 in Rome, Italy. Rome had been awarded the organization of the 1908 Summer Olympics, but, after the 1906 eruption of Mount Vesuvius, London became the host. Other possible cities to host the 1960 Summer Olympics were Lausanne, Detroit, Budapest, Brussels, Mexico City and Tokyo; but in 1955, Rome was chosen.

CBS paid $394,000 for the right to broadcast the Games in the United States. [1].

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