1908LondraIV edition of the Summer Olympics27 April - 31 October 1908
Medal tableAll gold, silver and bronze medals won by the Italia Team.
Athletes2024 (1980 Uomini; 44 Donne)
Italian athletes67 (67 Uomini; 0 Donne)
The 1908 Games had been unanimously given to Rome, also thanks to the excellent work of the Count Eugenio Brunetta d'Usseaux from Piedmont, who soon after would become General Secretary of the IOC. However, the Eternal City would have to wait another 52 years to host the Games. Serious economic problems, lack of understanding between sporting bodies of that time, a veiled opposition from political and religious circles, led to Rome pulling out of the hosting. The Games, and Olympism, were saved at the last minute by strong English sporting tradition. The most celebrated episode of the London Games (and the entire Olympic history) was Dorando Pietri, an athlete from Carpi, winning the marathon only to be disqualified afterwards.
Alberto Bragliagold Gymnastics open competition
Enrico Porrogold Wrestling greco-roman Lightweight
Emilio Lunghisilver Athletics 800 m
Abelardo Olivier, Marcello Bertinetti, Sante Ceccherini , Riccardo Nowak, Alessandro Pirzio Biroli, Luigi Pinellisilver Fencing Sabre team