Giovanni Gozzi

Giovanni Gozzi (born 19 October 1902 in Milan, † August 11 1976 in Taggia ) was an Italian wrestler and Olympic champion.


Giovanni Gozzi began in Milan in early youth with the rings. He quickly developed into a class wrestler and represented Italy already at the Olympic Games in Paris in 1924 bantamweight in the Greco-Roman style, the style that he wrestled exclusively. In the Olympic tournament started 25 Ringer bantamweight. Giovanni won only one fight and then lost to the Finns experienced Anselm Ahlfors and Väinö icons, who won the silver and bronze medal in the final and came on the 14th Place.

A year later he was at the European Championships in Milan another Giovanni, who fought great and Vice European Champion. Even better, he cut off at the European Championships 1927 in Budapest. There he became European champion bantamweight with five clear victories. Among the vanquished by him was also the Olympic champion from 1924 Eduard Pütsep from Estonia.

Hopefully drove Giovanni in 1928 for the Olympic Games in Amsterdam. There, he scored again five wins, but after a defeat by Jindřich Maudr from Czechoslovakia fell out, without even having the opportunity to compete for the Olympic victory against Kurt Lamp from Germany. He won the bronze medal after all.

At the European Championship 1929 in Dortmund Giovanni arrive first two victories, but after a defeat in the third round against Odon Zombori from Hungary he was eliminated, finishing in 4th place.

His next start at an international championship graduated Giovanni again only at the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. He started at featherweight and was Olympic champion. Here it but happiness and a half-baked regulations considerably stood to the side, because he needed because of two byes in the 2nd and 5th round to contest only three fights, of which he also lost one against Wolfgang Ehrl from Germany on points. Wolfgang Ehrl other hand, had five fights deny all of which he won on points, but was charged at each point victory with a missing dot. Thus Ehrl had 5 failed points after five rounds. Gozzi had two shoulder wins, two byes and a defeat against Ehrl only three incorrect points and was thus suddenly after the 5th round Olympic champion because Ehrl was eliminated with five faulty points. Why, however, Gozzi got two free tickets, none of the wrestlers officials could explain.

1934 succeeded Giovanni Gozzi at the end of his career at the European Championships in Rome in the featherweight champion once again winning a bronze medal. Here, with a points victory over Wolfgang Ehrl he also succeeded in revenge for the defeat in Los Angeles. After Giovanni Gozzi ended his active wrestler 's career. He died highly honored and highly respected in 1976 in Milan.

The fighting, which he played at international championships, are read in the following section.

International success

(OS = Olympic Games, EM = European Championship tournament, everything in Greco -Roman style, bantamweight, then to 56/58 kg Featherweight to 61/62 kg body weight)

Italian Championships

Giovanni Gozzi was eight times Italian champion bantamweight or featherweight, respectively in Greco-Roman wrestling


  • Documentation of International Wrestling Championships FILA, 1976
  • Various editions of the journal " Athletics " from the years 1929 to 1934