Giuseppe Delfino

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 4
Silver 2
Bronze 0
Total 6
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameGiuseppe•Delfino
Used nameGiuseppe•Delfino
Born22 November 1921 in Torino, Torino (ITA)
Died10 August 1999 in Palazzo Canavese, Torino (ITA)
Measurements185 cm / 83 kg
AffiliationsCS Torino, Torino (ITA)
NOC Italy

Biography

Working at the Fiat car factory in Torino, Giuseppe Delfino learned fencing at the company’s sport facilities. He became one of Italy’s top épée fencers of the time, in a period when Italy dominated that weapon. Delfino was part of three gold medal team at the Olympics (1952, 1956 and 1960) and six World Championship squads (1950, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1957 and 1958). But Giuseppe Delfino also achieved individual success. In 1956, he was one touch away from Olympic gold, when he lost to Richard Pew and ended up in second place after the barrage. He took revenge at his home Olympics, defeating Britain’s Allan Jay in the tie-break. After his fencing career, Delfino became president of the Torino Fencing Club, and later of the Ivrea Fencing Club. Following his death, the latter was renamed Circolo Scherma Giuseppe Delfino.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1952 Summer Olympics Fencing ITA Giuseppe Delfino
Épée, Team, Men (Olympic) Italy 1 Gold
1956 Summer Olympics Fencing ITA Giuseppe Delfino
Épée, Individual, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Épée, Team, Men (Olympic) Italy 1 Gold
1960 Summer Olympics Fencing ITA Giuseppe Delfino
Épée, Individual, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
Épée, Team, Men (Olympic) Italy 1 Gold
1964 Summer Olympics Fencing ITA Giuseppe Delfino
Épée, Individual, Men (Olympic) =17
Épée, Team, Men (Olympic) Italy 2 Silver

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1964 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony ITA Giuseppe Delfino

Special Notes