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Arturo Maffei

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameArturo•Maffei
Used nameArturo•Maffei
Born9 November 1909 in Viareggio, Lucca (ITA)
Died17 August 2006 in Torre del Lago, Lucca (ITA)
Measurements176 cm / 64 kg
AffiliationsGiglio Rosso, Firenze (ITA)
NOC(s) Italy


Arturo Maffei was the first world-class Italian long jumper. His greatest day came on 4 August 1936 at the Berlin Olympics when he was fourth in the event won by the great Jesse Owens. His mark of 7.75 at Berlin remained an Italian record for 32 years until it was overtaken by Giuseppe Gentile with 7.91 in Chorzow on 17 August 1968.

For many seasons Maffei battled with the Germans Luz Long and Wilhelm Leichum for continental supremacy. At the European Championships Maffei was fifth at Torino in 1934, winning a silver medal at Paris in 1938, behind Leichum but ahead of Long. In 1938 Maffei won the English AAA title with 7.52, and in 1939 led the European rankings with 7.58.

Maffei was a substitute goalkeeper from 1929-31 for the Fiorentina football club and after his retirement he was an athletic trainer for many clubs. He won eight Italian titles in the long jump and earned 25 caps with his first Italian record of 7.42, set in Bologna on 17 May 1936. Per his wishes, his ashes were scattered to the sea off his native town of Viareggio.

Personal Best: LJ – 7.63 (1937).


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1936 Summer Olympics Athletics 4 × 100 metres Relay, Men Olympic Italy DNS Representing Italy    
  Long Jump, Men Olympic =4

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