Carlo Speroni

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameCarlo•Speroni
Used nameCarlo•Speroni
Born13 July 1895 in Busto Arsizio, Varese (ITA)
Died12 October 1969 in Busto Arsizio, Varese (ITA)
AffiliationsUS Busto Arsizio/Pro Patria et Liber.
NOC Italy


Carlo Speroni was the top Italian distance runner for over a decade. He won 12 national titles in the 5,000, 10,000, 20K, and cross-country, and also won the Giro di Milano four times, at the time the most important road race in Italy.

His club, US Busto Arsizio, paid his expenses to send him to the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, where he was among the leaders of the marathon for two-thirds of the race, although he later withdrew. In 1920 at Antwerp he was seventh in the 5,000 metres. Speroni was the Italian record holder at 5,000 (15:24.6 Verona, 12 October 1919) and 10,000 metres (32:03,8 Busto Arsizio, 11 May 1924). His greatest day was considered to be 27 September 1914 in Milano when he won the 20K Italian title in 1-06:36, far surpassing the world record of Finland’s Tatu Kolehmainen (1-07:40.2).

From 1936-66 Speroni was a massage therapist for the football section of the club Pro Patria et Libertate, where he was also advisor and team manager of men and women athletes of various disciplines. In 1971 the stadium in Busto Arsizio was named in his honor.

Personal Bests: 3000 – 8:59.0 (1924); 5000 – 15:24.6 (1919); 10000 – 32:03.8 (1924); Mar – 2-44:58 (1913).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1912 Summer Olympics Athletics ITA Carlo Speroni
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) DNS
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) DNS
Marathon, Men (Olympic) DNF
3,000 metres, Team, Men (Olympic) Italy DNS
1920 Summer Olympics Athletics ITA Carlo Speroni
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 7
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) AC
3,000 metres Steeplechase, Men (Olympic) DNS
3,000 metres, Team, Men (Olympic) Italy 5
Cross-Country, Individual, Men (Olympic) DNS
1924 Summer Olympics Athletics ITA Carlo Speroni
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) DNF
Cross-Country, Individual, Men (Olympic) DNF
Cross-Country, Team, Men (Olympic) Carlo Martinenghi AC