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Livio Berruti

Livio Berruti was born in Turin on 19 May 1939. He was the first non-American to win the Olympic 200m title in Rome in 1960. His 20.5 equalled his time from the semi-final to match the Olympic and world records. In the break between the semi-final and final he stayed in the dressing room drinking orange squash and preparing for a chemistry exam while his opponents warmed up on the track. His race win earned him 800,000 lira, a further 400,000 for the world record and a new Fiat 500. He also enjoyed a brief fling with American sprinter Wilma Rudolph at the Rome Olympics, where he finished fourth in the 4x100m relay. He competed at Tokyo ‘64 (5th in the 200m and 7th in the 4x100m) and Mexico ‘68 (heats in the 200m, 7th in the 4x100m). He made the final (7th) of the European championships in Budapest in 1966. He retired in 1969 and he was the first torch bearer at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics, where he handed the torch to city mayor Sergio Chiamparino.

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