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Italian fencing great Mangiarotti dies at 93

Updated May 25, 2012

MILAN (AP) Edoardo Mangiarotti, a fencing great and one of Italy's most famous Olympians, died Friday at his home in Milan. He was 93.

Mangiarotti won 13 Olympic medals between 1936 and 1960, including six golds. The medal haul is a record for an Italian and the most of any fencer.

Italian Olympic Committee President Giovanni Petrucci says "our gold medal is now in paradise. He was the man of the Olympics: an extraordinary athlete ... and a reference point not only for the world of fencing but for all Italian sport."

Mangiarotti also won 26 world championship medals, including 13 golds.

Mangiarotti was born in Renate in Lombardy and came from a family of fencers. His father was a 17-time national champion and represented Italy at the 1908 Olympics.

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