|Ali's Honorary medal|
The earliest account of this story is from Ali’s own autobiography, The Greatest: My Own Story, which he wrote in 1975. According to the book, one evening Ali was refused service at a white’s only restaurant in his hometown of Louisville. This incident was followed by a fight with a white motorcycle gang. In anger and frustration, Ali went down to the Ohio River and tossed his medal into the water.
At the Atlanta Games Ali was not only honored with lighting the Olympic torch at the opening ceremonies. Ali was also awarded an honorary medal to replace his 1960 gold