Ugo Frigerio

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Ugo Frigerio
Ugo Frigerio.jpg
Frigerio winning the 10 km walk at the 1920 Olympics
Personal information
Born(1901-09-16)16 September 1901
Milan, Italy
Died7 July 1968(1968-07-07) (aged 66)
Garda, Italy
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Weight55 kg (121 lb)
CountryItaly Italy
Event(s)Race walk
ClubUS Milanese
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • 10 km walk – 44:38.0 (1925)
  • 50 km walk – 4:59:06 (1932)

Ugo Frigerio (16 September 1901 – 7 July 1968) was an Italian race walker. He competed in four events at the 1920, 1924 and 1932 Olympics ranging from 3 to 50 km and won three gold and one bronze medals.[1] He was the Olympic flag bearer for Italy in 1924 and 1932.


Nationally Frigerio won nine race walking titles: in the 3 km (1921, 1922), 10 km (1919–1922, 1924, 1931), and one-hour walk (1920).[2]

Before the 3 km Olympic race in 1920 in Antwerp Frigerio gave pages of sheet music that he wanted to hear to the band playing at the competition venue. During the race he would scold the conductor when the band was deviating from its tempo, and chat to the public, which eventually began to cheer him.[3][4]

Frigerio semi-retired after learning that race walking was excluded from the 1928 Summer Olympics. He resumed training in 1931 to prepare for the 1932 Games, where the only walking event was 50 km, five times longer than his favorite 10 km distance. He won a bronze medal and retired for good, becoming a sports administrator. In 1934, he wrote an autobiography titled Marciando nel nome dell’Italia (Walking in the Name of Italy).[4]

Olympic achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Performance Note
1920 Olympic Games Belgium Antwerp 1st 3 km walk 13:14,2 Sport records icon OR.svg
1st 10 km walk 48:06.2
1924 Olympic Games France Paris 1st 10 km walk 47:49.0
1932 Olympic Games United States Los Angeles 3rd 50 km walk 4:59:06

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ugo Frigerio.
  2. ^ ""CAMPIONATI "ASSOLUTI" ITALIANI SUL PODIO TRICOLORE – 1906 2012" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 December 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ Athletics at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games: Men's 3,000 metres Walk.

External links[edit]

Summer Olympics
Preceded by
Nedo Nadi
Italy Flag bearer for Italy
1924 Paris
Succeeded by
Carlo Galimberti
Preceded by
Carlo Galimberti
Italy Flag bearer for Italy
1932 Los Angeles
Succeeded by
Giulio Gaudini