Italy at the 1908 Summer Olympics

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Italy at the Olympic Games

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IOC code  ITA
NOC Italian National Olympic Committee
Website www.coni.it (Italian)
At the 1908 Summer Olympics in London
Competitors 68 (all men)
Medals
Rank: 9
Gold
2
Silver
2
Bronze
0
Total
4
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Italy competed at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, England. It was the third appearance of the European nation, which had not competed at the 1904 Summer Olympics.

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event
1 ! Gold Braglia, AlbertoAlberto Braglia Gymnastics All-around
1 ! Gold Porro, EnricoEnrico Porro Wrestling Greco-Roman lightweight
2 ! Silver Lunghi, EmilioEmilio Lunghi Athletics 800 metres
2 ! Silver Marcello Bertinetti
Riccardo Nowak
Abelardo Olivier
Alessandro Pirzio Biroli
Sante Ceccherini
Fencing Team Sabre

Results by event[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Italy's best athletics result was Emilio Lunghi's silver medal in the 800 metres. Dorando Pietri's first-place finish in the marathon was erased by disqualification as a pair of race officials had helped him across the finish line.

Event Place Athlete Heats Semifinals Final
Men's 100 metres Heats Gaspare Torretta 12.0 seconds
2nd, heat 16
Did not advance
Umberto Barrozzi Unknown
4th, heat 7
Men's 200 metres Heats Umberto Barrozzi Unknown
2nd, heat 8
Did not advance
Emilio Brambilla Unknown
5th, heat 11
Men's 400 metres Heats Roberto Penna Unknown
2nd, heat 4
Did not advance
Massimo Cartasegna Unknown
2nd, heat 10
Giuseppe Tarella Unknown
3rd, heat 11
Men's 800 metres 2nd Emilio Lunghi None held 1:57.2
1st, semifinal 4
1:54.2
Men's 1500 metres Semi-
finalist
Emilio Lunghi None held Unknown
2nd, semifinal 3
Did not advance
Massimo Cartasegna Did not finish
—, semifinal 3
Men's 3200 metre steeplechase Semi-
finalist
Massimo Cartasegna None held Unknown
2nd, semifinal 1
Did not advance
Men's 3 mile team race Pericle Pagliani None held 15:22.6
5 points, team=X
Did not advance
Massimo Cartasegna 16:26.0
6 points, team=X
Pietri Dorando Did not finish
No score, team=X
Emilio Gionavoli Did not finish
No score, team=X
Emilio Lunghi Did not finish
No score, team=X
Men's 5 miles Semi-
finalist
Pericle Pagliani None held Unknown
3rd, semifinal 2
Did not advance
Men's marathon Pietri Dorando None held Disqualified
Umberto Blasi Did not finish
Augusto Cocca Did not start
Event Place Athlete Distance
Men's discus throw 12-42 Umberto Avattaneo Unknown
Men's Greek discus 10th Umberto Avattaneo 29.15 metres
Men's freestyle javelin 10-33 Emilio Brambilla Unknown

Cycling[edit]

No Italian cyclist advanced to the finals in any event. Morisetti's second-place finish in the fourth semifinal of the sprint was the best performance by an Italian cyclist.

Event Place Cyclist Heats Semifinals Final
Men's 5000 metres Semi-
finalist
Guglielmo Malatesta None held Unknown
3rd, semifinal 1
Did not advance
Cesare Zanzottera Unknown
3rd, semifinal 5
Guglielmo Morisetti Unknown
3rd, semifinal 6
Men's 20 kilometres Semi-
finalist
Guglielmo Morisetti None held Unknown
4th, semifinal 6
Did not advance
Men's 100 kilometres Cesare Zanzottera None held Did not finish
—, semifinal 2
Did not advance
Guglielmo Malatesta Did not finish
—, semifinal 2
Battista Parini Did not finish
—, semifinal 2
Men's sprint Semi-
finalist
Guglielmo Morisetti 1:21.4
1st, heat 11
Unknown
2nd, semifinal 4
Did not advance
Heats Guglielmo Malatesta Unknown
3rd, heat 1
Did not advance

Diving[edit]

Event Place Diver Preliminary
groups
Semi-
finals
Final
Men's 3 metre springboard 19th Carlo Bonfanti 65.80 points
4th, group 4
Did not advance

Fencing[edit]

Event Place Fencer First
round
Second
round
Semi-
final
Final
Men's épée Second
round
Riccardo Nowak 3-2 (3rd in L) 2-3 (3rd in 6) Did not advance
Giulio Cagiati 4-2 (2nd in F) 1-2 (3rd in 8)
Pietro Speciale 3-3 (3rd in B) 1-3 (4th in 3)
Marcelo Bertinetti 3-1 (1st in K) 1-3 (4th in 5)
First
round
Dino Diana 4-4 (4th in D) Did not advance
Sante Ceccherini 4-4 (4th in E)
Giuseppe Mangiarotti 5-3 (4th in I)
Pietro Sarzano 2-4 (4th in J)
Alessandro Pirzio Biroli 3-4 (5th in H)
Men's sabre Semi-
finalist
Marcelo Bertinetti 4-1 (1st in H) 4-0 (1st in 7) 3-4 (5th in 1) Did not advance
Sante Ceccherini 4-1 (2nd in G) 3-1 (2nd in 5) 0-7 (8th in 2)
Second
round
Riccardo Nowak 4-2 (2nd in M) 1-3 (4th in 3) Did not advance
Alessandro Pirzio Biroli 2-1 (1st in E) 1-3 (4th in 7)
First
round
Dino Diana 2-3 (5th in C) Did not advance
Arolodo Pinelli 2-3 (5th in K)
Pietro Sarzano 2-4 (6th in J)
Event Place Fencers Play-in
match
First
round
Semi-
finals
Final Repechage Silver
medal match
Men's team épée 4th Marcelo Bertinetti
Giuseppe Mangiarotti
Riccardo Nowak
Abelardo Olivier
Bye Defeated Bohemia
12-7
Advanced to
semifinals
Lost to Belgium
9-8
Out
4th place
Did not advance Not relegated
Men's team sabre 2nd Marcello Bertinetti (all)
Riccardo Nowak (rep)
Abelardo Olivier (all)
Alessandro Pirzio-Biroli (all)
Sante Ceccherini (1st, sf) [1]
Not held Defeated Great Britain
11-5
Advanced to
semifinals
Lost to Hungary
11-5
Relegated to
repechage
Did not advance Defeated Germany
10-4
Advanced to
silver medal match
Defeated Bohemia
Walkover
Won
silver medal

Gymnastics[edit]

Event Place Gymnast Score
Men's all-around 1st Alberto Braglia 317
20th Guido Romano Unknown
21-94 Otello Capitani Unknown
Event Place Gymnast Score
Men's team 6th Alfredo Accorsi, Nemo Agodi, Umberto Agharini, Adriano Andreani, Vincenzo Blo, Flaminio Bottoni, Bruto Buozzi, Giovanni Bonati, Pietro Borsetti, Adamo Bozzani, Gastone Calabresi, Carlo Celada, Tito Collevati, Antonio Cotichini, Guido Cristofori, Stanislao Di Chiara, Giovanni Gasperini, Amedeo Marchi, Carlo Marchiandi, Ettore Massari, Roberto Nardini, Gaetano Preti, Decio Pavarri, Gino Ravenna, Massimo Ridolfi, Gustavo Taddia, Gianetto Termanini, Ugo Savanuzzi, Gioacchino Vaccari 316

Rowing[edit]

Event Place Rowers First
round
Quarter-
finals
Semi-
finals
Final
Men's single sculls 5th Gino Ciabatti Bye Unknown
2nd, quarterfinal 2
Did not advance

Swimming[edit]

Event Place Swimmer Heats Semifinals Final
Men's 100 metre freestyle Heats Davide Baiardo Unknown
3-6, heat 1
Did not advance
Men's 400 metre freestyle Heats Mario Massa Unknown
3rd, heat 6
Did not advance
Davide Baiardo Did not finish
—, heat 4
Men's 1500 metre freestyle Heats Oreste Muzzi 28:52.6
3rd, heat 1
Did not advance
Men's 100 metre backstroke Heats Amilcare Beretta Unknown
3rd, heat 4
Did not advance
Men's 200 metre breaststroke Heats Amilcare Beretta Unknown
4th, heat 4
Did not advance

Wrestling[edit]

Italy's lone wrestler in 1908 was undefeated in his four bouts, winning each match to win the gold medal in the Greco-Roman lightweight class.

Event Place Wrestler Round
of 32
Round
of 16
Quarter-
finals
Semi-
finals
Final
Greco-Roman lightweight 1st Enrico Porro Bye Defeated
Téger
Defeated
Malmström
Defeated
Persson
Defeated
Orlov
Opponent nation Wins Losses Percent
Hungary 1 0 1.000
Russia 1 0 1.000
Sweden 2 0 1.000
Total 4 0 1.000

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This fencer competed in the team event, but is not listed in the IOC medallist database.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Cook, Theodore Andrea (1908). The Fourth Olympiad, Being the Official Report. London: British Olympic Association. 
  • De Wael, Herman (2001). "Top London 1908 Olympians". Herman's Full Olympians. Retrieved 9 June 2006. 

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