Livio Berruti

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Livio Berruti
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Livio Berruti in 2010
Personal information
Nationality Italian
Born (1939-05-19) 19 May 1939 (age 78)
Turin, Italy
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 66 kg (146 lb)
Sport
Country Italy Italy
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Sprint
Club G.S. Fiamme Oro
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • 100 m: 10.2 (1960)
  • 200 m: 20.5 (1960)

Livio Berruti (born 19 May 1939) is an Italian former athlete who was the winner of the 200-meter dash in the 1960 Summer Olympics.

He won five medals, at individual level, and three medals with the national relay team at the International athletics competitions.[1]

Biography

The victorious finish of the 200 metres final at 1960 Summer Olympics

Berruti was born in Turin where he attended Liceo Classico "Cavour". After high school, while pursuing an undergraduate degree in chemistry, he competed in the 1960 Rome Olympics. In the semi-finals of the 200 m, spurred by the home crowd, he unexpectedly ran in 20.5 seconds, equalling the then world record for that distance. This made him a surprise outsider for the final, later that day. In that race, Berruti, who was noted for always running with black glasses and white socks, once again clocked 20.5, beating the American favourites to the gold medal.

Anchoring the Italian 4 × 100 m relay team, Berruti narrowly missed out on a second Olympic medal, finishing in 4th. His world record was not beaten until June 1962, but his performance remained a European record for a further two years, until 21 June 1964.

His Olympic victory, at the beginning of his career, would remain his best achievement. His three appearances at the European Championships only brought him a 7th place in the 1966 200 m final. He did, however, win Italian titles in both the 100 and 200 m from 1957 until 1962, and two more 200 m titles in 1965 and 1968. Berruti also made two more Olympic appearances, in 1964 and 1968. On both occasions, he reached the final of the 4 × 100 m relay, and also placed 5th in the 200 m final of 1964.

Olympic results

Year Competition Venue Position Event Performance Note
1960 Olympic Games Italy Rome 1st 200 metres 20.5 = Sport records icon WR.svg
4th 4 × 100 m relay 40.2 [2]
1964 Olympic Games Japan Tokyo 5th 200 metres 20.8 [3]
7th 4 × 100 m relay 39.5
1968 Olympic Games Mexico Mexico City QF 200 metres 21.0
7th 4 × 100 m relay 39.2

National championships

Livio Berruti has won 14 times the individual national championship.[4]

  • 6 wins in the 100 metres (1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962)
  • 8 wins in the 200 metres (1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1968)

See also

References

  1. ^ "PODIO INTERNAZIONALE DAL 1908 AL 2008 - UOMINI" (PDF). sportolimpico.it. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Time was 40.33 electronic, but the relay team ran 40.16 in the heat and 40.29 in the semi-finals.
  3. ^ He ran in a better time (20.6) in the quarter-finals.
  4. ^ ""CAMPIONATI "ASSOLUTI" ITALIANI SUL PODIO TRICOLORE – 1906 2012" (PDF). sportolimpico.it. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 December 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 

External links

  • Livio Berruti at Sports Reference
  • Livio Berruti profile at IAAF
  • Media related to Livio Berruti at Wikimedia Commons
Records
Preceded by
United States Ray Norton
Men's 200 metres World Record Holder
3 September 1960 - 23 June 1962
Succeeded by
United States Paul Drayton
Preceded by
West Germany Manfred Germar
European Record Holder Men's 100 m
26 May 1960 – 20 June 1960
Succeeded by
West Germany Armin Hary
Preceded by
United Kingdom Peter Radford
European Record Holder Men's 200 m
3 September 1960 – 20 June 1964
Succeeded by
Italy Sergio Ottolina
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