Giuseppe Sinigaglia

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Giuseppe Sinigaglia
Giuseppe Sinigaglia 1913.jpg
Giuseppe Sinigaglia in 1913
Personal information
Born 28 January 1884
Como, Italy
Died 10 August 1916 (aged 32)
San Vito al Torre, Italy
Sport Rowing
Club Lario Como

Giuseppe Sinigaglia (28 January 1884 – 10 August 1916) was an Italian rower. He won the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta and eight medals at the European championships of 1906–1913 in various rowing events.[1] He died of wounds during World War I.

Sinigaglia was born at Como the son of Antonio Sinigaglia and his wife Antoinette. His parents ran a restaurant, but his father emigrated to South America and never returned.[2] He was educated at Gaius Plinius Technical Institute and was a member of Pool Comense 1872 until 1903 when he was expelled for indiscipline. He then joined Canottieri Lario. In 1907 he won the Italian championship in a coxed pair. In 1911 he was Italian and European Champion in the single scull[3] and in the double scull with Teodoro Mariani.[4] In 1914, Sinigaglia won the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley beating Colin Stuart in the final.[5]

After the outbreak of World War I, Sinigaglia volunteered into the Royal Italian Army and was assigned to the 2nd Regiment Granatieri di Sardegna Mechanized Brigade. After a period of training he took part in the offensive against Monte Sabotino and Monte Podgora. In 1916 he was promoted to lieutenant and served in the Battle of Asiago. He later took part in the Sixth Battle of the Isonzo at Monte San Michele and Gorizia. On 9 August 1916, Sinigaglia led his men in an attack on Hill 4 of Monte San Michele. He was hit by Austrian fire and was transported the hospital at San Vito al Torre where he died the next day.[2]

Sinigaglia was awarded the Silver Medal of Military Valor. The stadium Stadio Giuseppe Sinigaglia was named in his honour.


  1. ^ Rudern – Europameisterschaften – Herren – Einer, Doppelzweier Archived 25 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine., Zweier m. Stm., Vierer m.Stm., Achter.
  2. ^ a b Giuseppe Sinigaglia. La Provincia. 5 November 2009
  3. ^ European championships Single Scull.
  4. ^ European championships Double Scull.
  5. ^ Henley Royal Regatta Results of Final Races 1839–1939 Archived 9 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved on 10 August 2015.


  • Maurizio Casarola, Lo chiamavano Sina, Nordpress Edizioni, 2007.
  • Mario Bazzi, Il gigante buono, Tipografia Commerciale Prini & C., Como.