Marco Fassinotti in the high jump at the IAAF World Indoor Championships (© AFP / Getty Images)
European marathon champion Daniele Meucci and high jumpers Marco Fassinotti and Alessia Trost are among the 33 confirmed athletes on Italy’s team for the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015.
Having won silver and bronze medals in the 10,000m at previous editions of the European Championships, Meucci finally landed gold last year in the marathon. He will contest the 26.2-mile distance in Beijing where he hopes to win his first global medal.
Fassinotti led an Italian 1-2 in the high jump at the recent IAAF Diamond League meeting in London with national record-holder Gianmarco Tamberi finishing second. Both are on the team for Beijing, as is European under-23 champion Alessia Trost in the women’s event.
Race walkers also feature prominently on the team, led by national record-holder Eleonora Giorgi.
FIDAL hopes to add two more athletes to the team – namely steeplechaser Jamel Chatbi and 1500m runner Margherita Magnani – once the IAAF extends its invitations based on the 2015 world lists to fill any remaining places within each event’s allocation, as per the new entry system.
FIDAL for the IAAF
Italian team for Beijing
100m: Jacques Riparelli
800m: Giordano Benedetti
Marathon: Daniele Meucci, Ruggero Pertile
High jump: Marco Fassinotti, Gianmarco Tamberi
Triple jump: Fabrizio Schembri
Hammer: Marco Lingua
20km race walk: Giorgio Rubino, Federico Tontodonati
50km race walk: Teodorico Caporaso, Marco de Luca, Matteo Giupponi
200m: Gloria Hooper
400m: Maria Chigbolu, Libania Grenot
400m hurdles: Yadisleidy Pedroso
High jump: Alessia Trost
Triple jump: Simona La Mantia
Shot: Chiara Rosa
Hammer: Silvia Salis
20km race walk: Eleonora Giorgi, Antonella Palmisano, Elisa Rigaudo
4x100m: Anna Bongiorni, Gloria Hooper, Martina Giovanetti, Jessica Paoletta, Giulia Riva, Irene Siragusa
4x400m: Chiara Bazzoni, Elena Bonfanti, Maria Chigbolu, Ayomide Folorunso, Libania Grenot, Marta Milani