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Emilio Lunghi

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Name  Emilio Lunghi

Role  Olympic athlete
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Born  16 March 1887 (1887-03-16) Genoa, Italy
Died  September 27, 1925, Genoa, Italy
Olympic medals  Athletics at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's 800 metres

Emilio Lunghi (16 March 1887, in Genoa – 27 September 1925) was an Italian athlete. He won the silver medal in the men's 800 metres race at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, making him the first Italian to win an Olympic medal.



His time in the race was 1:54.2, which beat the previous Olympic record by 1.8 seconds but was still 1.4 seconds behind the time of Mel Sheppard, who took gold and set a new record at 1:52.8. Lunghi had won his semifinal heat with a time of 1:57.2 to advance to the final.

Lunghi also competed in the 1500 metres. His first-round heat also included Norman Hallows; both of the two runners broke the Olympic record in that heat, but Hallows came out on top by running the race in 4:03.4 as opposed to Lunghi's 4:03.8.

After the 1908 Olympics, Lunghi spent a year New York City, and competed as a member of the Irish American Athletic Club while in the U.S., establishing three world's records in the 700 yard, 880 yard and two-thirds of a mile distances.

National championships

Emilio Lunghi won the individual national championship nine times in six different events.

  • 1 win on 400 metres (1908)
  • 1 win on 800 metres (1914)
  • 3 wins on 1000 metres (1908, 1911, 1912)
  • 2 wins on 1500 metres (1906, 1913)
  • 1 win on 1200 metres steeplechase (1912)
  • 1 win on 400 metres hurdles (1913)
  • References

    Emilio Lunghi Wikipedia

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