Umberto Risi

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameUmberto•Risi
Used nameUmberto•Risi
Born31 December 1940 in Roma, Roma (ITA)
Measurements174 cm / 64 kg
AffiliationsCUS Roma, Roma (ITA)
NOC Italy


Umberto Risi was an Italian middle distance runner of the 1960s-70s. He competed at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics in the 3,000 metre steeplechase and at the 1969 and 1971 European Championships. His first and only medal in international competition came in October 1971, when he placed third at the Mediterranean Games. Risi was a member of the Italian national team from 1965 to 1976, earning 35 caps.

Domestically, Umberto Risi won the Italian title twice in the steeplechase, in 1969 at Milano and in 1970 at Roma. He set five Italian records, from 8:42.8 in 1968 to 8:33.8 in 1970. He also won the Roma-Ostia road race twice, in 1974 and 1978, and won the New Year’s Eve Marathon in Roma eight times between 1965-75.

After ending his athletic days, Risi became a coach for athletics and modern pentathlon, including the Olympians Claudia Corsini and Andrea Valentini.

Personal Best: 3000S – 8:33.8 (1970).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Summer Olympics Athletics ITA Umberto Risi
3,000 metres Steeplechase, Men (Olympic) 11 h3 r1/2

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