Raoul Paoli

Raoul Paoli
Raoul Paoli 1923.jpg
Paoli in 1923
Personal information
Born(1887-11-24)24 November 1887
Courtalain, France
Died23 March 1960(1960-03-23) (aged 72)
Paris, France
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight125 kg (276 lb)
SportAthletics, wrestling
Event(s)Shot put, discus throw
ClubMétropolitain Club Colombes;
Stade français, Paris;
Olympique de Paris, Paris
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)SP – 14.69 m (1926)
DT – 39.90 (1917)[1][2]

Raoul Paoli (24 November 1887 – 23 March 1960) was a French athlete, boxer, wrestler, rower and actor. Aged 12, he served as a coxswain in the French coxed pair and won a bronze medal at the 1900 Summer Olympics.[3] He competed in the shot put, his favourite event, at the 1912, 1920, 1924 and 1928 Summer Olympics with the best result of ninth place in 1924. In 1912 he also took part in the Greco-Roman wrestling contest and served as the Olympic flag bearer for France, and in 1928 he finished 29th in the discus throw.[1]

Paoli was a French champion in boxing and rugby, with Stade Français. He played three international rugby games for the French national rugby union team in 1911–12 and scored one try.[1] In the 1920s he was romantically involved with the fellow athlete Violette Morris.[4] In 1933 he co-founded the French Professional Wrestling Association.[5]

Partial filmography


  1. ^ a b c Raoul Paoli. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ Raoul Paoli. trackfield.brinkster.net
  3. ^ Paoli. sports-reference.com
  4. ^ Violette Morris. janinetissot.fdaf.org
  5. ^ John Grasso (6 March 2014). Historical Dictionary of Wrestling. Scarecrow Press. p. 104. ISBN 978-0-8108-7926-3.

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