Three years after the Olympic Games in Rome, the south of Italy took over with Naples and organised the Games which were held between 21 and 29 September. Once again Italy was at its peak as the Italian athletes won 42 out of the 93 gold medals at stake during the competition. They distinguished themselves by winning 8 titles in athletics and boxing as well as 5 titles in cycling. Livio Berruti, the Rome Olympic champion, continued his streak in 200m, while the Tunisian Mohammed Gammoudi achieved a promising double victory in 5000-10000m. However, the tour de force was achieved by the Moroccan marathon runner Bakir Benaïssa who won the title with a time of 10 minutes ahead of his opponents. Turkey, thanks to ten titles in freestyle wrestling and Greco-Roman wrestling, was second in the medal table with… 17 podiums. Yugoslavia, France, Egypt and Spain were far behind, but with more titles than this quartet. At this point, the first participation of Libya should be pointed out, winning its first medal. Monaco also won a bronze medal in shooting.