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Equestrian: Italian equestrian legend D'Inzeo dies

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Former Olympic showjumping champion Raimondo d'Inzeo, a gold medal winner at the Rome Games in 1960, died on Friday. He was 88.

D'Inzeo won a total of six medals in an illustrious Olympic career -- one gold, two silver and three bronze -- spanning the Melbourne Games in 1956 to Munich in 1972.

D'Inzeo was known for always wearing his military uniform in competition.

He was an officer in the Italian cavalry and alongside elder brother Piero they became the first athletes to compete in eight Olympics, from 1948-1976.

The Italian was well known throughout Italy and his death had an immediate impact among top officials, with Olympic Committee (CONI) president Giovanni Malago declaring a minute's silence prior to all sporting events on Saturday.

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