Full name: Marcello Nizzola, Sr.
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Born: February 17, 1900 in Genoa, Genova, Italy
Died: February 22, 1947 in Genoa, Genova, Italy
Affiliations: Andrea Doria, Genova (ITA)
Related Olympians: Father of Garibaldo Nizzola.
Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)
Marcello Nizzola was from Genoa and became a top wrestler in both freestyle and Greco-Roman. He made his international dÃ©but in 1931 when he placed third at the European Championships in bantamweight Greco. At the 1932 Olympics Nizzola lost the final to Germanyâs [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, Nizzolaâs 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.
|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|
|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||FranÃ§ois (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), SzekfÅ± (HUN)||0|
|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), NiÄ (TCH)||0|