Laurent Ottoz

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Laurent Ottoz
Personal information
Nationality Italian
Born (1970-04-10) April 10, 1970 (age 44)
Brescia, Italy
Residence Aosta, Italy
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 64 kg (141 lb)
Country Italy Italy
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 110 metres hurdles
400 metres hurdles
Coached by Eddy Ottoz
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • 110 m hs: 13.42 (1994)
  • 400 m hs: 48.52 (1993)
  • 60 m hs: 7.62 (1993)

Laurent Ottoz (born April 10, 1970 in Brescia) is an Italian hurdler. He won four medals, at senior level, at the International athletics competitions.[1]


His personal best time was 13.42 seconds, achieved in August 1994 in Berlin. This is a former Italian record, which in turn belonged to his father Eddy Ottoz with 13.46 seconds.[2] The Italian record currently belongs to Emanuele Abate with 13.28 seconds.[3]

After this he changed event to the 400 metres hurdles. His personal best time is 48.52 seconds, and in Italy only Fabrizio Mori has run the distance faster.[4]

In 1995, Laurent set the fastest automatically recorded time for the rarely run 200 metres low hurdles at 22.55. While inferior to the last official world record in the race, a hand timed 21.9 by Don Styron in 1960, Ottoz bettered the previous best automatic time 22.63 held by Colin Jackson, arguably the best hurdler in the world at that time. On 16 May 2010 the English hurdler Andy Turner set 22.30, but his record was never recognized by International federation, because was obtained in a straight race.[5] Ottoz ran his race around a bend. IAAF still recognizes Styron as a hand timed record, Turner as the automatically timed record, both for a straight race, and Ottoz as the record holder for around a bend.[6]

World best performance[edit]

  • 200 metres hurdles (bend): 22.55 (Italy Milan, 31 May 1995) - current holder


Year Tournament Venue Result Extra
1992 European Indoor Championships Genoa, Italy 6th 60 m hurdles[7]
1997 Mediterranean Games Bari, Italy 2nd 400 m hurdles[8]
1998 European Championships Budapest, Hungary 6th 400 m hurdles[9]
2001 Mediterranean Games Tunis, Tunisia 3rd 400 m hurdles[8]
2005 Mediterranean Games Almería, Spain 2nd 400 m hurdles[8]
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 18th 400 m hurdles

National championships[edit]

Laurent Ottoz has won 13 times the individual national championship.[10][11]

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