Armando Poggioli

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameArmando Remigio Maria•Poggioli
Used nameArmando•Poggioli
Born14 June 1888 in Modena, Modena (ITA)
Died10 January 1967 in Modena, Modena (ITA)
Measurements170 cm
AffiliationsSG Panaro MO
NOC Italy


Armando Poggioli was an all-round sportsman who became a hammer throw specialist. Having first dedicating himself to gymnastics, swimming, and weightlifting he turned to athletics where his versatility continued. As a sprinter he ran 12.2 for the 100 metres in 1905 but he also enjoyed the throwing and jumping events during his time at the A.S. Fratellanza Modena, Patria Carpi, Panaro, and Modena Sportiv clubs. It was after World War I that he specialised in the hammer and by 1926 he had refined his technique, and was Italy’s leading thrower.

In 1926 and 1927 Poggioli competed in the English AAA Championship, finishing third and fourth, respectively. In 1928, at the age of 40, he finished fourth at the Amsterdam Olympics with a throw of 48.37. Poggioli was runner-up to 1928 Olympic silver medallist, Ossian Skiöld at the AAAs in 1930, eighth at the 1932 Los Angeles Games, and sixth at the 1934 European Championships in Torino. He ended his sporting career in 1939 having set six national records between 1925-28, having won five successive Italian titles (1926-30), and earning 14 international caps between 1924-34. After retiring, he remained within the sport as a club and national coach.

Personal Bests: DT – 37.14 (1922); HT – 49.43 (1928).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1924 Summer Olympics Athletics ITA Armando Poggioli
Discus Throw, Men (Olympic) 25
1928 Summer Olympics Athletics ITA Armando Poggioli
Hammer Throw, Men (Olympic) 4
1932 Summer Olympics Athletics ITA Armando Poggioli
Hammer Throw, Men (Olympic) 8