On September 5, 1960, Cassius Clay, who later became Muhammad Ali, won a gold medal at the Rome Olympics in 1960.
At the time, 18 year-old Cassius Clay defeated Z. Pietrzykowski to reach the top of the light heavyweight class. This Olympic victory helped to jumpstart his professional boxing career as Muhammad Ali. Muhammad Ali went on to become a legend in the boxing world, winning three world heavyweight boxing championships before retiring.
Muhammad Ali died in 2016 at the age of 74 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.