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Romeo Neri

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameRomeo•Neri
Used nameRomeo•Neri
Born26 March 1903 in Rimini, Rimini (ITA)
Died23 September 1961 in Rimini, Rimini (ITA)
Measurements167 cm
NOC(s) Italy

Biography

A talented swimmer, runner, weightlifter and boxer, Romeo Neri eventually found his sport in gymnastics. Trained by Italian great Alberto Braglia, Neri won his first Italian all-around title in 1928. Three more would follow (1929, 1930, 1933), having already won the parallel bars title in 1926. Neri had a good showing at the 1928 Olympics, winning silver on the horizontal bar and earning two fourth places. Neri’s time of glory came at the 1932 Games. He won the individual all-around with a massive 5.7-point margin over István Pelle, and captained the Italian squad to victory in the team event. On the individual apparatuses, he claimed gold on the parallel bars. Strangely, he only entered one more individual event – the floor excercise, in which he placed fourth. His results in the all-around suggested he might have won additional medals. After winning a silver medal in the all-around at the 1934 World Championships (and a bronze in the horse vault), Neri attempted to defend his title at Berlin. But torn arm muscle hampered him, and he withdrew after a few exercises. Retiring due to the outbreak of World War II, Neri returned to gymnastics as the national team coach, appearing among others at the 1952 Olympics. He also coached his sons, Romano (a gymnast) and Giambattista (an athletes). The first athlete from the city of Rimini to become Olympic champion, Neri is remembered in his home town by the Stadio Romeo Neri, home to Rimini’s football team.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1928 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) Individual All-Around, Men Olympic 4 Representing Italy    
  Team All-Around, Men Olympic Italy 6
  Horse Vault, Men Olympic =16
  Parallel Bars, Men Olympic =12
  Horizontal Bar, Men Olympic 2 Silver
  Rings, Men Olympic 4
  Pommelled Horse, Men Olympic =19
1932 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) Individual All-Around, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing Italy    
  Team All-Around, Men Olympic Italy 1 Gold
  Floor Exercise, Men Olympic =4
  Parallel Bars, Men Olympic 1 Gold
1936 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) Individual All-Around, Men Olympic 111 Representing Italy    
  Team All-Around, Men Olympic Italy 5
  Floor Exercise, Men Olympic AC
  Rings, Men Olympic AC
  Pommelled Horse, Men Olympic AC