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Nedo Nadi

Full name: Nedo Nadi
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2 (188 cm)
Born: June 9, 1894 in Livorno, Livorno, Italy
Died: January 29, 1940 in Portofino, Genova, Italy
Affiliations: C. S. Fides, Livorno (ITA)
Country: ITA Italy
Sport: Fencing

Related Olympians: Brother of Aldo Nadi.

Medals: 6 Gold (6 Total)

Biography

The Italian Nedo Nadi was the most versatile fencer in history, uniquely winning an Olympic title with each of the three weapons at the same Games. Livorno-born Nadi had fencing in his blood. His father Beppe was a well-known fencer in Italy, with his owning fencing school. Together with his younger brother Aldo, Nedo learned to fight the foil and sabre, but not the épée. His father disliked this weapon, and forbade his pupils to use it. The brothers disobeyed their father, and practised in secret. At the 1912 Olympics, he surprisingly won the individual foil title - partially because of a French boycott due to a regulations disagreement.

In 1920, he produced one of the greatest of all Olympic performances. He won the individual foil and sabre titles and led the Italians to victory in all three team events, for a record five fencing medals at the same Games. His brother, Aldo, also won a gold medal in each of the three team events. The Nadi brothers were again somewhat aided by the absence of a major fencing nation, as Hungary was barred from entering the 1920 Olympics. Nadi was also lucky in the foil event. He won ten of his eleven final parties, but lost to Roger Ducret of France. With Ducret only having to beat the last-placed fencer in the pool, he was expected to win the gold, and Nadi withdrew crying. In his euphoria, Ducret failed to concentrate for his last match and was beaten by Speciale of Italy, leaving first place for Nadi.

After the Antwerp Games, Nedo Nadi taught as a professional in South America but on his return he was reinstated as an amateur and served as President of the Italian Fencing Federation. Nadi fought in World War I and was decorated by the Italian government for bravery.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1912 Summer 17 Stockholm Fencing Men's Foil, Individual Italy ITA 1 Gold
1912 Summer 17 Stockholm Fencing Men's Sabre, Individual Italy ITA 5
1912 Summer 17 Stockholm Fencing Men's Sabre, Team Italy ITA 5T
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Fencing Men's Foil, Individual Italy ITA 1 Gold
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Fencing Men's Foil, Team Italy ITA 1 Gold
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Fencing Men's Épée, Team Italy ITA 1 Gold
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Fencing Men's Sabre, Individual Italy ITA 1 Gold
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Fencing Men's Sabre, Team Italy ITA 1 Gold

Men's Foil, Individual

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BW BL TG TR
1912 Summer 17 Stockholm Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool 1 1912-07-08 7 0 35 8
1912 Summer 17 Stockholm Fencing Italy ITA Semi-Finals Pool Two 1 1912-07-08 0
1912 Summer 17 Stockholm Fencing Italy ITA Quarter-Finals Pool One 2 1912-07-07 1
1912 Summer 17 Stockholm Fencing Italy ITA Round One Pool Four 1 1912-07-06 0
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool 1 1920-08-18 10 1 --
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Semi-Finals Pool One 1 1920-08-18 5 0
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Round One Pool Two 1 1920-08-17 7 1

Men's Foil, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MW ML BW BL TBW/TD IBW
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool 1 1920-08-17 4 0 50 14
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool Team Bout A 1 1920-08-17 ITA 9, FRA 7 9 2
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool Team Bout B 1 1920-08-17 ITA 16, GBR 0 16 4
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool Team Bout C 1 1920-08-17 ITA 12, DEN 4 12 4
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Round One Pool One 1 1920-08-15 4 0
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Round One Pool One 1 1920-08-15 ITA 9, BEL 7 9 4

Men's Épée, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MW ML MT TBW/TD IBW
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool 1 1920-08-20 5 0 0
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool Team Bout A 1 1920-08-20 ITA 8, SUI 7 8
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool Team Bout B 1 1920-08-20 ITA 12, POR 3 12
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool Team Bout C 1 1920-08-20 ITA 10, FRA 6 10
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool Team Bout D 1 1920-08-20 ITA 10, BEL 6 10
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool Team Bout E 1 1920-08-20 ITA 1, USA 0 1 1
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Round One Pool Two 2T 1920-08-20 3 1 1

Men's Sabre, Individual

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BW BL TD TR
1912 Summer 17 Stockholm Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool 5 1912-07-18 4 3
1912 Summer 17 Stockholm Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool Bout #3 2 1912-07-18 Fuchs (HUN) 3, Nadi (ITA) 2 2
1912 Summer 17 Stockholm Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool Bout #8 2 1912-07-18 Békessy (HUN) 3, Nadi (ITA) 0 0
1912 Summer 17 Stockholm Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool Bout #14 2 1912-07-18 Mészáros (HUN) 3, Nadi (ITA) 2 2
1912 Summer 17 Stockholm Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool Bout #21 1 1912-07-18 Nadi (ITA) 3, Schenker (HUN) 2 3
1912 Summer 17 Stockholm Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool Bout #22 1 1912-07-18 Nadi (ITA) 3, Tóth (HUN) 2 3
1912 Summer 17 Stockholm Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool Bout #23 1 1912-07-18 Nadi (ITA) 3, Werkner (HUN) 2 3
1912 Summer 17 Stockholm Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool Bout #24 1 1912-07-18 Nadi (ITA) 3, Földes (HUN) 2 3
1912 Summer 17 Stockholm Fencing Italy ITA Semi-Finals Pool One 2 1912-07-18 4 1
1912 Summer 17 Stockholm Fencing Italy ITA Quarter-Finals Pool Seven 1T 1912-07-17 1
1912 Summer 17 Stockholm Fencing Italy ITA Round One Pool Fourteen 2 1912-07-17 2 1
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool 1 1920-08-26 11 0 4
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Semi-Finals Pool Two 1 1920-08-25 6 0
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Round One Pool Three 1 1920-08-25 5 1

Men's Sabre, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MW ML BW BL TBW/TD IBW
1912 Summer 17 Stockholm Fencing Italy ITA Semi-Finals Pool Two 3 1912-07-14 1 2 19 24
1912 Summer 17 Stockholm Fencing Italy ITA Semi-Finals Pool Two 2 1912-07-14 HUN 9, ITA 5 5 3
1912 Summer 17 Stockholm Fencing Italy ITA Semi-Finals Pool Two 2 1912-07-14 AUT 11, ITA 5 5 3
1912 Summer 17 Stockholm Fencing Italy ITA Semi-Finals Pool Two 1 1912-07-14 ITA 9, GER 4 9 2
1912 Summer 17 Stockholm Fencing Italy ITA Round One Pool Two 1T 1912-07-14 1 0 10 6
1912 Summer 17 Stockholm Fencing Italy ITA Round One Pool Two 1 1912-07-14 ITA 10, RUS 6 10
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool 1 1920-08-24 7 0
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool Team Bout 2 1 1920-08-24 ITA 13, TCH 3 13 3
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool Team Bout 3 1 1920-08-24 ITA 13, USA 3 13 4
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool Team Bout 4 1 1920-08-24 ITA 12, NED 4 12 4
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool Team Bout 5 1 1920-08-24 ITA 12, BEL 4 12 4
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Pool Team Bout 6 1 1920-08-24 ITA 13, FRA 3 13 4
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Fencing Italy ITA Final Standings 1 1920-08-24
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