May 10, 1898|
Acqui Terme, Italy
|Died||4 May 1991
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||70 kg (150 lb)|
|Achievements and titles|
Luigi Facelli participated at four Summer Olympics (1924, 1928, 1932, 1936). He finished 8th at the 1924 Summer Olympics in the 4x400 metres relay, 6th at the 1928 Summer Olympics in the 400 metres hurdles and 5th and 6th at the 1932 Summer Olympics respectively in the 400 metres hurdles and in the 4x400 metres relay. He had 30 caps in national team from 1924 to 1936.
During his rivalry with David Cecil, 6th Marquess of Exeter (Lord David Burghley), won 6 of the 11 contests. Because of the noble origins of Burghley their epic was renamed "The Prince and the Pauper." As part of the British Athletics Championships (which were considered a kind of European Athletics Championships at the time) he won three of the five contests against Burghley.
Despite their different walks of life, Lord Burghley considered Facelli a friend for years. Burghley invited him to the opening ceremony for the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. When Facelli received the letter he passed it to a friend to translate. However, the friend was unable to translate the whole later and the invitation was missed. Burghley also explained in the letter that Facelli would find a plane ticket to London at the British Consulate in Milan and also arranged accommodation for him London - but all this was "lost in translation".
Post athletics career
In honour of his sporting successes, the Italian government assigned to him an annual sum following a decision by the Council of Ministers (Legge Bacchelli). In 1988, on the occasion of his ninetieth birthday, the Italian designer Ottavio Missoni gave a party in his honor. Facelli resided in Corsico, and died in a clinic in Milan in 1991 at the age of 93 years.
|1924||Olympic Games||Paris||8th||4x400 m relay||3:28.0|||
|1928||Olympic Games||Amsterdam||6th||400 metres hurdles||55.8|||
|Heat||4x400 m relay||3.17.8|
|1932||Olympic Games||Los Angeles||5th||400 metres hurdles||53.0|
|6th||4x400 m relay||3:17.8|
|1934||European Championships||Turin||6th||400 metres hurdles||DNF|||
- 11 wins on 400 metres hurdles (1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1935, 1936, 1938)
- 2 wins on 400 metres (1926, 1930)
- 2 wins on 110 metres hurdles (1930, 1931)
- 2 wins on Triple jump (1923, 1929)
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- "LA84 Foundation - Los Angeles 1932" (PDF). la84foundation.org. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
- Annuario dell'Atletica 2009. FIDAL. 2009.
- "Luigi Facelli (1898-1991)" (in Italian). sportolimpico.it. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
- "British Athletics Championships". gbrathletics.com. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
- "European Record Progression, men 400m hurdles". athletix.org. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
- "Luigi Facelli - Associazione Medaglie d'oro al Valor Atletico" (in Italian). medagliedoro.org. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
- "ADDIO, ARTISTA DEL PASSO" (in Italian). repubblica.it. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
- The national relay team run in 3:22.6 in round one.
- He ran in 54.2 in semifinal.
- "I European Championship, Turin 1934". trackfield.brinkster.net. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
- ""CAMPIONATI "ASSOLUTI" ITALIANI SUL PODIO TRICOLORE – 1906 2012" (PDF). sportolimpico.it. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
- Luigi Facelli at Sports Reference
- Athlete profile from site Track and Field Statistics
- Media related to Luigi Facelli at Wikimedia Commons
- Luigi Facelli in European historic newspapers