Emmett Toppino

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameMartin Emmett•Toppino
Used nameEmmett•Toppino
Born1 July 1909 in New Orleans, Louisiana (USA)
Died8 September 1971 in New Orleans, Louisiana (USA)
Measurements171 cm / 68 kg
AffiliationsLoyola Wolfpack, New Orleans (USA)
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1


After graduating from Loyola (New Orleans) in 1932 with a B.S., Emmett Toppino stayed on a further year to take a master’s degree in chemistry. After graduation he worked briefly for an oil company as a research chemist and then had a long career with the Freeman Shoe Corp. As an athlete, Toppino placed third in the NCAA 100y in 1930 and 1931 and in the latter year he ran 9.5 in the heats, which was his fastest ever century At the 1932 Final Trials he placed fourth in the 100m, narrowly missing selection for the 100m at the Olympics, but he won a gold medal in the relay. Short in stature, Toppino was ideally suited to the indoor circuit. He was undefeated in the 1932 season, defeating Eddie Tolan in the AAU, and equalling the world 60y record no less than six times that year. He also set world records in the 50m and 60m.

Personal Best: 100 – 10.4 (1932).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1932 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Emmett Toppino
4 × 100 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold