June 26, 1975 |
Piove di Sacco, Italy
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||83 kg (183 lb)|
|Event(s)||Middle distance running|
|Club||G.S. Fiamme Oro|
|Achievements and titles|
He achieved his personal best just before Sydney Olympics, running 1'43"74 in Rieti in September 2000, reaching the second place in the all-time ranking in Italy, behind former world record holder Marcello Fiasconaro. He was disqualified from the 800 metres final at the 2000 Summer Olympics after barging Switzerland's André Bucher. He served a two-year ban from 2001 for testing positive for nandrolone.
After his ban his best performances have been a 5th place at the 2003 World Championships and a 7th place at the 2006 European Athletics Championships, both in the 800m. He was also a semi-finalist at the 2004 Olympics. He is the European record holder for the rarely run 600m (1'14"41). He is the husband of Fabé Dia.
|1997||European U23 Championships||Turku||1st||800 metres||1:46.49|
|1999||World Championships||Seville||6th||800 metres||1:45.33|||
|2003||World Championships||Paris||5th||800 metres||1:45.43|
- 4 wins in the 800 metres (1998, 1999, 2000, 2005)
- 1 win in the 800 metres indoor (1997)
- 2 wins in the 1500 metres indoor (2004, 2005)
- "La cena del sorriso Testimonial sportivi per donare il sorriso con Operation Smile" (in Italian). webdiocesi.chiesacattolica.it. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
- He ran in a better cron (1:45.01) in preliminary rounds.
- ""CAMPIONATI "ASSOLUTI" ITALIANI SUL PODIO TRICOLORE – 1906 2012" (PDF). sportolimpico.it. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
- "ITALIAN INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS". gbrathletics.com. Retrieved 14 December 2012.