Rome is where Cassius Clay
came onto the world stage, as a young light-heavyweight; four years before the start of a
professional heavyweight career that would belt out 56 wins and 5 losses.
With a gold medal in the K-2 1,000m and bronze in the K-1 1,000m Gert
Fredriksson, of Sweden, earned his place in kayak Olympic history with a total haul of
eight medals: 6 gold , 1 silver and 1 bronze at four consecutive Olympic Games: London 1948, Helsinki 1952, Melbourne 1956 and again in Rome.
At the age of 50, Aladar
Gerevich became the only athlete in any sport to win the same Olympic event six times
(men's sabre team) and the only athlete to win gold medals in six different Olympic Games.
Considering all of this spanned over the two missed Olympics, due to World War II, and we
can really appreciate how Aladar Gerevich was a master at his sport for almost 30 years.
Elvstrøm, of Denmark, won gold in the same Olympic sailing event (Finn monotype
class, previously the Firefly) for the fourth time.
Aquatics, Archery, Athletics,
Pentathlon, Rowing, Sailing, Shooting,
Softball, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis,
Triathlon, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Wrestling.