Valerio Arri

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Valerio Arri
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Personal information
Full name Valeriano Pompeo Maurizio Arri
Nationality Italian
Born (1892-06-22)June 22, 1892
Portacomaro, Italy
Died July 2, 1970(1970-07-02) (aged 78)
Country Italy Italy
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Marathon
Club US Barriera Nizza Torino
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Marathon= 2:36:33 (1920)

Valerio Arri (22 June 1892 – 2 July 1970) was an Italian athlete, who competed mainly in the marathon.


Italian first Olympic medal in the Summer Olympics. Winner of the 1919 Turin Marathon with a time of 2:40:47.6 and champion of Italy, also in 1919, in Milan (but the distance of 48 km), with a time of 3:13:41.

Bothered by renal colic, despite being among the favorites, Arri did not win the Olympic marathon in Antwerp 1920, but after a remarkable comeback, finishing third,[1] to prove his freshness he performed a series of somersaults that thrilled the audience and impressed the baron Pierre de Coubertin, who wanted to reward him with a cup, just as the Queen of England did 12 years before with the other Italian marathon runner Dorando Pietri.

Olympic results[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Performance Notes
1920 Olympic Games Belgium Antwerp 3rd Marathon 2:36:32

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Valerio Arri Olympic Results". Retrieved 2012-10-08. 

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