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Guido Messina

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameGuido•Messina
Used nameGuido•Messina
Born4 January 1931 in Monreale, Palermo (ITA)
Died10 January 2020 in Caselette, Torino (ITA)
NOC(s) Italy


With five world titles in the individual pursuit, Guido Messina won more titles than his famed compatriot Leandro Faggin, although the latter won a total of 12 medals at the worlds, four more than Messina. He won his first two titles as an amateur (1948, 1953), before turning professional and winning three consecutive World Championships (1954-56). Earlier, Messina had also earned an Olympic gold medal in the 1952 team pursuit ­– the individual event was not on the program until 1964. Messina was also active on the road, his major success coming in the first stage of the 1955 Giro d’Italia, which he won, earning him a day in the pink jersey.


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1952 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres, Men Olympic Italy 1 Gold Representing Italy