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Adolfo Consolini (5 January 1917 – 20 December 1969) was an Italian discus thrower. He competed at the 1948, 1952, 1956 and 1956 Olympics and finished in 1st, 2nd, 6th and 17 place, respectively. While winning the gold medal in 1948 he set an Olympic record at 52.78 m. Consolini won three European titles, in 1946, 1950 and 1954, and 15 national titles.[1]

Adolfo Consolini
Adolfo Consolini 1950s2.jpg
Personal information
Nationality Italian
Born (1917-01-05)5 January 1917
Costermano, Italy
Died 20 December 1969(1969-12-20) (aged 52)
Milan, Italy
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 100 kg (220 lb)
Sport
Country Italy
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Discus throw
Club G.S. Pirelli Milano
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 56.98 m (1955)

Contents

BiographyEdit

Consolini was the youngest of five children in a farmer family. His first athletics competition was a local stone throwing contest in 1937. A few months later he started training in the discus; already in 1938 he finished fifth at the European championships, and in 1939 won the first of his 15 national titles. In 1941 he set a new world record at 53.34 m, which he extended to 54.23 m in 1946 and to 55.33 m in 1948.[2]

Consolini retired from top sport after the 1960 Olympics, but continued competing at the national level until the age of 52, when he threw 43.94 m in Milan. He married Hanny Cuk, an Austrian, and had a son Sergio with her.[3] The family settled in Milan where Consolini worked at Pirelli company the rest of his life. He died aged 52 from a viral hepatitis.[4]

AchievementsEdit

 
Consolini with family in the 1950s
Year Competition Venue Position Event Measure Notes
1948 Olympic Games   London 1st Discus throw 52.78 m OR
1952 Olympic Games   Helsinki 2nd Discus throw 53.78 m
1956 Olympic Games   Melbourne 6th Discus throw 52.21 m
1960 Olympic Games   Rome 17th Discus throw 52.44 m

National titlesEdit

He won fifteen times the national championships at senior level.[1]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "CAMPIONATI “ASSOLUTI” – UOMINI TUTTI I CAMPIONI – 1906-2016" (PDF). sportolimpico.it. Retrieved 7 September 2017. 
  2. ^ "PODIO INTERNAZIONALE DAL 1908 AL 2008 - UOMINI" (PDF). sportolimpico.it. Retrieved 7 September 2017. 
  3. ^ Best of Sport. gettyimages.co.uk
  4. ^ "Adolfo Consolini". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 7 September 2017. 

External linksEdit

Records
Preceded by
Archibald Harris
Men's discus world record holder
26 October 1941 – 8 June 1946
Succeeded by
Bob Fitch
Preceded by
Bob Fitch
Men's discus world record holder
10 October 1948 – 9 July 1949
Succeeded by
Fortune Gordien
Preceded by
Willy Schröder
Men's discus European record holder
26 October 1941 – 22 August 1948
Succeeded by
Giuseppe Tosi
Preceded by
Giuseppe Tosi
Men's discus European record holder
18 September 1948 – 4 July 1954
Succeeded by
Ferenc Klics
Preceded by
Karel Merta
Men's discus European record holder
11 December 1955 – 10 May 1959
Succeeded by
Edmund Piatkowski