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MUHAMMAD ALI

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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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Muhammad Ali receives lost gold medal

Muhammad Ali receives a replacement for the gold medal he won in boxing in the 1960 Olympics.
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Owens spirit bestowed on Ali

Mohammad Ali's widow Lonnie speaks of character of both men as she accepts first Jesse Owens Olympic Spirit Award on behalf of the boxer.
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LeBron donates millions to Ali exhibition

Two-time Olympic champ a group led by LeBron James has donated $2.5 million to exhibition to honour Muhammad Ali.
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Y.S. FINOL (VEN) df. M. ALI (GBR), 3:0

Men's Fly Weight (52kg) Preliminaries
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Muhammad Ali at the Opening Ceremony

London 2012 - Boxing legend Muhammad Ali - The Greatest - takes part in the Opening Ceremony of the Games at the Olympic Stadium.
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Opening Ceremony Atlanta 1996

Muhammad Ali, holding the torch, prepares to light the cauldron of the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games

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