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Marcello Nizzola

Full name: Marcello Nizzola, Sr.
Gender: Male
Born: February 17, 1900 in Genoa, Genova, Italy
Died: February 22, 1947 in Genoa, Genova, Italy
Affiliations: Andrea Doria, Genova (ITA)
Country: ITA Italy
Sport: Wrestling

Related Olympians: Father of Garibaldo Nizzola.

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Marcello Nizzola was from Genoa and became a top wrestler in both freestyle and Greco-Roman. He made his international début in 1931 when he placed third at the European Championships in bantamweight Greco. At the 1932 Olympics Nizzola lost the final to Germany’s Jakob Brendel, but not happy with the decision, Nizzola attacked Brendel in the locker room with a knife, but was fortunately stopped by a policeman before any major injuries occurred, and apparently, no charges were ever brought against Nizzola.

After his 1932 Olympic silver medal, Nizzola’s greatest title came in 1935 when he won the European Championship in freestyle bantamweight. He also competed at the Europeans in 1934, 1936, and 1937, without making the podium. Nizzola was assassinated, likely for political reasons, on 22 February 1947 when he was returning home. His son, Garibaldo later became a top international wrestler, placing second in freestyle lightweight at the 1951 World Championships, and competing in four Olympics.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Summer 32 Los Angeles Wrestling Men's Bantamweight, Greco-Roman Italy ITA 2 Silver
1936 Summer 36 Berlin Wrestling Men's Bantamweight, Freestyle Italy ITA AC

Men's Bantamweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1932 Summer 32 Los Angeles Wrestling Italy ITA Final Standings 2 1932-08-04
1932 Summer 32 Los Angeles Wrestling Italy ITA Final Round Match #1 2 1932-08-07 Brendel (GER) decision, Nizzola (ITA)
1932 Summer 32 Los Angeles Wrestling Italy ITA Round Four 2 1932-08-06 4
1932 Summer 32 Los Angeles Wrestling Italy ITA Round Four Match #1 2 1932-08-06 François (FRA) decision, Nizzola (ITA) 3
1932 Summer 32 Los Angeles Wrestling Italy ITA Round Three 1 1932-08-06 1
1932 Summer 32 Los Angeles Wrestling Italy ITA Round Three Match #1 1 1932-08-06 Nizzola (ITA) decision, Zervinis (GRE) 1
1932 Summer 32 Los Angeles Wrestling Italy ITA Round Two 1 1932-08-05 0
1932 Summer 32 Los Angeles Wrestling Italy ITA Round Two Match #4 AC 1932-08-05 Nizzola (ITA) 0
1932 Summer 32 Los Angeles Wrestling Italy ITA Round One 1T 1932-08-04 0
1932 Summer 32 Los Angeles Wrestling Italy ITA Round One Match #3 1 1932-08-04 Nizzola (ITA) fall (17:44), Szekfű (HUN) 0

Men's Bantamweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result RE BP MR
1936 Summer 36 Berlin Wrestling Italy ITA Final Standings AC 1936-08-02 Eliminated r3/6 5
1936 Summer 36 Berlin Wrestling Italy ITA Round Three 7 1936-08-04 5
1936 Summer 36 Berlin Wrestling Italy ITA Round Three Match #4 2 1936-08-04 Jaskari (FIN) decision (3-0), Nizzola (ITA) 3
1936 Summer 36 Berlin Wrestling Italy ITA Round Two 5 1936-08-03 2
1936 Summer 36 Berlin Wrestling Italy ITA Round Two Match #4 2 1936-08-03 Zombori (HUN) decision (2-1), Nizzola (ITA) 2
1936 Summer 36 Berlin Wrestling Italy ITA Round One 1T 1936-08-02 0
1936 Summer 36 Berlin Wrestling Italy ITA Round One Match #4 1 1936-08-02 Nizzola (ITA) fall (5:30), Nič (TCH) 0
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