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Gino Cantone

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameLuigi Natale "Gino"•Cantone
Used nameGino•Cantone
Born21 July 1917 in Robbio, Pavia (ITA)
Died6 November 1997 in Novara, Novara (ITA)
AffiliationsUS Pro Vercelli, Vercelli (ITA)
NOC(s) Italy


After seeing his team mates of the Italian épée team lose the gold medal to France from the sidelines, Cantone assumed his Olympics to be over, as he was not entered for the individual event, but when his team mate Dario Mangiarotti sustained a foot injury, Cantone replaced him at the last minute. Cantone made it through to the final pool, losing his first two bouts to compatriots Carlo Agostini and Edoardo Mangiarotti, but he won each of his remaining seven matches to take an unexpected gold medal. Cantone also won a gold (1949) and bronze (1947) at the World Championships in the team competition. He later lived as a farmer in Brazil for about 10 years. He returned to Italy to watch the 1960 Olympic fencing events and then lived the rest of his life in Casalino, Novara, to manage a car dealership and the family farm.


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1948 Summer Olympics Fencing Épée, Individual, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing Italy    
  Épée, Team, Men Olympic Italy 2 Silver

Special Notes


Date of birth also erroneously seen as 7 December 1922 and Date of death also seen as 5 November 1997. Our dates are confirmed in a biography of him by Maurizio Massa.