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  •  MUHAMMAD ALI

    USA

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    SPORT

    BOXING

    COUNTRY

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    LIVED

    17 JAN 1942 - 03 JUN 2016

    OLYMPIC GAMES

    1960

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    IN THE NEWS

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    IOC PRESIDENT THOMAS BACH PAYS TRIBUTE TO MUHAMMAD ALI

    04 JUN 2016

    CLAY STRIKES FIRST BLOW IN UNPARALLELED BOXING CAREER

    05 SEP 1960

    SNAPPED: THE STORY BEHIND THAT PICTURE OF CASSIUS CLAY AT ROME 1960

    03 JUL 2018

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    Rome 1960

    BOXING

    75 - 81KG (LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT) MEN

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    More than any other sportsman in history, Muhammad Ali transcended his sport to reach out to people as a role model and hero.

    Rome 1960

    As Cassius Clay, Ali travelled to the 1960 Rome Games to compete in the light heavyweight division. Despite being only 18, he won all four of his fights easily. In the final he defeated three-time European champion Zbigniew Pietrzykowski to win the gold medal.

    VIETNAM WAR

    Clay turned professional and won the heavyweight World Championship for the first time in 1964, beating Sonny Liston in a legendary fight. Over the next four years he defended his title nine times, converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali. However, he was stripped of his title in 1967, when he refused to be drafted into the US army, citing religious and personal beliefs. He did not fight again for three and a half years.

    THRILLER IN MANILA

    Ali regained his title in 1974 by knocking out George Foreman in a fight staged in the present-day Democratic Republic of Congo, (formerly Zaire) known as “the Rumble in the Jungle”. In 1975 he beat Joe Frazier in “the Thriller in Manila”. He eventually retired from boxing in 1981 with a professional record of 56 wins and 5 losses.

    GREAT HONOUR

    In 1996, Ali was chosen to light the flame during the Opening Ceremony of the Atlanta Olympic Games. He has devoted much of his life to humanitarian affairs. In 1998 Ali was honoured with the United Nations Messenger of Peace award.

    Muhammad Ali passed away on June 3, 2016.

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