Roberto Frinolli

Roberto Frinolli (Rome, 13 November 1940) is a former athlete Italian specializing in the 400 metres hurdles.

Roberto Frinolli
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Personal information
Full nameRoberto Frinolli Puzzilli
Born (1940-11-13) 13 November 1940 (age 81)
Garbatella, Rome, Italy
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight65 kg (143 lb)
CountryItaly Italy
Event(s)400 metres hurdles
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)400 m hurdles: 49.14 (1968)
Medal record
European Championships
Gold medal – first place Budapest 1966 400 metres hurdles
Summer Universiade
Gold medal – first place 1963 Porto Alegre 400 metres hurdles
Gold medal – first place 1965 Budapest 400 metres hurdles
Gold medal – first place 1965 Budapest 4x400 metres relay
Bronze medal – third place 1963 Porto Alegre 4x400 metres relay


Born in Garbatella, he attended athletics school, first trying the 110 metres hurdles before settling on the 400 hurdles. He went on to become the Italian national champion six times, 1963-1966 and 1968-9.

He qualified for three Olympics, 1964 through 1972, making it to the final in 1964 and 1968.[1] At the 1968 Olympics, he ran his personal best of 49.14 in the semi-finals, placing him in the center of the track for the final. He ran an even pace with eventual winner David Hemery who was in the process of setting the world record. Frinolli paid for that hard early pace, struggling home in last place.

Frinolli was ranked number one in the world in 1965 and 1966.[2] He won the 1966 European Championships and twice at the World University Games. He is the father of Giorgio Frinolli.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Roberto Frinolli". Archived from the original on 18 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Ranking men 400 m hs" (PDF). trackandfieldnews.comm. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 October 2013.

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