Cassius Marcellus Clay, later known as Muhammad Ali, first gained international prominence by winning the light-heavyweight boxing gold medal.
Cassius Marcellus Clay, later known as Muhammad Ali, first gained international prominence by winning the light-heavyweight boxing gold medal.
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Muhammad Ali wins light-heavyweight gold medal at Summer Olympics

Under Stoner's guidance, Cassius Clay went on to win six Kentucky Golden Gloves titles, two national Golden Gloves titles, an Amateur Athletic Union National Title, and the Light Heavyweight gold medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. Clay's amateur record was 100 wins with five losses.
Ali states (in his 1975 autobiography) that he threw his Olympic gold medal into the Ohio River after being refused service at a 'whites-only' restaurant, and fighting with a white gang. Whether this is true is still debated, although he was given a replacement medal at a basketball intermission during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, where he lit the torch to start the game

Clay wins the light-heavyweight gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Rome with a 5–0 decision over Poland's Zbigniew Pietrzykowski.

Upon returning to his native Louisville, Clay finds he's not immune to the racism that is so prevalent in the U.S. After being refused service by a waitress at a "whites-only" restaurant, and then fighting with a white gang, a disgusted Clay throws his gold medal into the Ohio River. u

Cassius Marcellus Clay, later known as Muhammad Ali, first gained international prominence by winning the light-heavyweight boxing gold medal.

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