Dario Mangiarotti

Dario Mangiarotti (18 December 1915 – 9 April 2010) was an Italian fencer who competed at the 1948 and 1952 Summer Olympics and medaled in seven World Championships. He was born in Milan, the son of Giuseppe Mangiarotti, a fencer at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London. He was also the brother of Edoardo Mangiarotti, Italy's most successful Olympian and the winner of more Olympic and World titles than any fencer in history, and Mario Mangiarotti, who was also a fencer.[1]

Dario Mangiarotti
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Dario Mangiarotti, first at left, with brothers Mario and Edoardo, his mother, and father Giuseppe
Personal information
Born(1915-12-18)18 December 1915
Milan, Italy
Died9 April 2010(2010-04-09) (aged 94)
Lavagna, Italy


He was taught the sport of fencing by his father and first became the individual Italian épée champion in 1936, a title that he would claim again in 1938, 1940, 1946, 1951, and 1953. He accumulated a total of seven medals in the team épée events at the FIE World Championships in Fencing: four gold (1937, 1949, 1950, 1953), one silver (1951), and two bronze (1938, 1947). He also won a gold medal in the individual épée event in 1949 and a bronze in the same competition in 1950.[2] At the 1948 Summer Games in London, he won a silver medal in the team épée event after the Italian team finished as runners-up to France. At the 1952 edition in Helsinki, however, the Italian team captured the gold medal, and Mangiarotti captured an additional silver medal in the individual épée competition, finishing behind his brother Edoarado.[1] He won his final title at the 1966 World Masters Championships in Rome in the individual épée category.[3]

In 1967 he took up the position of Head Maestro of the Italian fencing school Circolo della Spada, a position that he still held as of his 90th birthday in 2005. His niece Carola is also an Olympic fencer who competed in the 1976 and 1980 editions of the Games. Another brother, Mario, was also a fencer before he retired from the sport to become a cardiologist.[2] He died on 9 April 2010 in Lavagna, at the age of 94.[4]


  1. ^ a b Gjerde, Arild; Jeroen Heijmans; Bill Mallon; Hilary Evans (2010). "Dario Mangiarotti Biography and Olympic Results". Olympics. Sports Reference.com. Archived from the original on 2020-04-17. Retrieved 2010-02-08.
  2. ^ a b Poli, Marisa (2005-12-17). "Mangiarotti Parries Against Time: 90 years old and still a champion". Gazzetta dello Sport.
  3. ^ Monti, Carlo (2005-12-15). "I 90 anni in pedana di Dario Mangiarotti" (in Italian). il Giornale. Retrieved 2010-02-08.
  4. ^ "Scherma: morto Dario Mangiarotti" (in Italian). Quotidiano.net. 2010-04-09. Archived from the original on 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2010-04-10.