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Livio Berruti

Full name: Livio Berruti
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10.5 (180 cm)
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: May 19, 1939 in Torino, Torino, Italy
Affiliations: Fiamme Oro, Padova / Gruppo Sportivo Carpano, Torino
Country: ITA Italy
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Livio Berruti started out as a high jumper, but soon switched to sprinting. At age 18 he, was already on the national team, making his debut at the Six Nations Meet in 1957, placing second in the 100 and 200 m. Berruti divided his time between athletics and university: "I had an image of being a committed athlete and a conscientious student. But I worked harder on the books than on the track. They used to say that sprinters should keep themselves fresh, so I trained for three hours a week". He went to the 1960 Roma Games having recently broken the European Record in the 100 m (10.2), but abstained from this race to concentrate on the 200 m. In the semi-finals, he beat the world record holders Ray Norton and Stone Johnson, equaling the record with 20.5, and two hours later entered the final as the favorite. He started well, reached Norton by running a perfect turn, entered the home stretch in the lead and held off his challengers, winning the gold with the same manual time as in the semi-final (20.62 electric time). Berruti, notable for running in dark glasses and white socks, also took part in the relay, in which the Italians came fourth. In 1961 he was unbeatable (26 victories in 26 races), but in subsequent Olympics he never managed to repeat his prior successes. In Tokyo he was fifth in 20.8, but was hampered by running the final in the first lane, and seventh in the 4×100 m, while in Mexico City he was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the 200 m, and was again seventh in the relay. He retired in 1969 and went back to his studies, graduating in chemistry, and found work at the public relations department of Fiat. In addition to his Olympic gold, he gained 15 Italian titles (6 in the 100 m, 8 in the 200 m, one in the 4×100 m).

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.2 (1960); 200 – 20.62 (1960).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Men's 200 metres Italy ITA 1 Gold
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay Italy ITA 4
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics Men's 200 metres Italy ITA 5
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay Italy ITA 7
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's 200 metres Italy ITA 6 h2 r2/4
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay Italy ITA 7

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Italy Final 1 =WR 20.5 20.62 4
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Italy Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU/=WR 20.5 20.65
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Italy Quarter-Finals Heat Four 1 QU 20.8 20.91
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Italy Round One Heat Seven 1 QU 21.0 21.14
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics Italy Final 5 20.8 20.83 1
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics Italy Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 20.7 20,78
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics Italy Quarter-Finals Heat One 2 QU 21.2 21,24
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics Italy Round One Heat Eight 1 QU 21.1 21,11
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics Italy Quarter-Finals Heat Two 6 21.0 21.01
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics Italy Round One Heat One 4 QU 21.0 21.06

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Italy ITA Final 4 40.2 40.33 3
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Italy ITA Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 40.2 40.29
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Italy ITA Round One Heat Two 1 QU 40.0 40.16
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics Italy ITA Final 7 39.5 39.54 3
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics Italy ITA Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 39.6 39,63
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics Italy ITA Round One Heat One 1 QU 39.7 39,74
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics Italy ITA Final 7 39.2 39.22 6
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics Italy ITA Semi-Finals Heat Two 4 QU 39.4 39.46
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics Italy ITA Round One Heat Three 5 QU 41.5 41.59
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