Marcello Bertinetti

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameMarcellino "Marcello"•Bertinetti
Used nameMarcello•Bertinetti
Born27 April 1885 in Vercelli, Vercelli (ITA)
Died2 January 1967 in Vercelli, Vercelli (ITA)
AffiliationsUS Pro Vercelli, Vercelli (ITA) / US Pro Vercelli, Vercelli (ITA)
NOC Italy
Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 4


Marcello Bertinetti’s Olympic fencing career spanned two decades, debuting with an Olympic silver in the team sabre in London. But between 1911 and 1922, he served as a medic in Libya, and did not compete. Returning to the Olympics in 1924, he won the last bout in the match against Hungary, which won Italy the match and eventually the gold. Four years later in Amsterdam, he won another gold in the épée event. After four preliminary matches with eight individual wins and losses he was not selected for the final pool, which Italy won ahead of France. Bertinetti also won one silver medal in the individual sabre at the 1929 European Championships. Earlier in his career, he was also a prominent football player. One of the founders of Pro Vercelli’s football section, he played on the team that won the Italian title in 1908. The Bertinetti family produced two more Olympians: son Franco (two-time gold medallist) and grandson Marcello were also successful fencers. In honor of his sporting achievements, Bertinetti was awarded a Gold Medal by the Italian Olympic Committee.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Fencing ITA Marcello Bertinetti
Épée, Individual, Men (Olympic) 4 p5 r2/4
Épée, Team, Men (Olympic) Italy 4
Sabre, Individual, Men (Olympic) =5 p1 r3/4
Sabre, Team, Men (Olympic) Italy 2 Silver
1924 Summer Olympics Fencing ITA Marcello Bertinetti
Épée, Individual, Men (Olympic) DNS
Épée, Team, Men (Olympic) Italy 3 Bronze
Sabre, Individual, Men (Olympic) DNS final
Sabre, Team, Men (Olympic) Italy 1 Gold
1928 Summer Olympics Fencing ITA Marcello Bertinetti
Épée, Team, Men (Olympic) Italy 1 Gold

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