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Nino Borsari

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameNino•Borsari
Used nameNino•Borsari
Nick/petnamesIvanhoé
Born14 December 1911 in Cavezzo, Modena (ITA)
Died31 March 1996 in Carlton, Victoria (AUS)
Measurements167 cm
AffiliationsUC Nicolò Biondo Carpi 1909, Carpi (ITA)
NOC(s) Italy

Biography

Nino Borsari was born in Cavezzo, Italy and won his gold medal in the team pursuit in 1932. But he became famous in the United States and Australia. After the Los Angeles Olympics, he was asked to race frequently in 6-day races at Madison Square Garden. He was a brilliant showman and was beloved by the Garden crowds. In 1934 he was first invited to race in Australia in the Victorian Centenary Cycling Tour. Also popular there, he returned to Australia in 1939, as hostilities were breaking out in Europe. Despite being Italian, at a time when Italy and Australia were technically at war, Borsari opened a cycling shop in the Carlton section of Melbourne, and prospered. The shop remained open for 50 years. He became an ambassador for cycling in Australia and used his fame to bring many Italian cyclists to race there. He was also the founder, president, and patron of the Juventus Soccer Club.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1932 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres, Men Olympic Italy 1 Gold Representing Italy    

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1932 Summer Olympics 2 August 1932 Cycling Track (Cycling) Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres, Men Qualifying Round 4:52.9 1