Nicola Vizzoni

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Nicola Vizzoni
Nicola Vizzoni.jpg
Vizzoni at Moscow 2013.
Personal information
Nickname(s) Ilvizzo
Nationality Italian
Born (1973-04-11) 11 April 1973 (age 41)
Pietrasanta, Italy
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 126 kg (278 lb)
Sport
Country Italy Italy
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Hammer throw
Club G.S. Fiamme Gialle
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Hammer throw: 80.50 m (2001)

Nicola Vizzoni (born 4 November 1973 in Pietrasanta, Province of Lucca) is a male hammer thrower from Italy. He won the silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics and ten years later at the 2010 European Athletics Championships. His personal best throw is 80.50 metres, achieved in July 2001 in Formia.

To 12 August 2013 he has won 19 medals (8 gold, 8 silver, 3 bronze) at the International athletics competitions.[1]

Biography[edit]

He made his first appearance at the World Championships in Athletics in 1997 but he did not make the final. In 1999 he finished seventh in the hammer throw final and the next year he took the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He just missed out on the podium at the 2001 World Championships in Athletics, finishing fourth, but he gained regional honours with a gold at the 2001 Mediterranean Games and also won gold at the Summer Universiade.

He competed at the following two Olympic Games in 2004 and 2008, but was some distance off winning another medal. He became the Mediterranean champion for a second time with a win at the 2009 Mediterranean Games. Vizzoni made a strong start to the 2010 season, throwing 78.22 m early on and winning the gold at the 2010 European Cup Winter Throwing event.[2]

He is engaged to former Italian athlete Claudia Coslovich, national record holder of the javelin throw.[3]

Progression[edit]

He finished the season 8 times in world top 25.[4]

Year Time Venue Date World Rank
2013 75.03 Portugal Vila Real de S. António 25 May
2012 76.42 Finland Helsinki 28 June
2011 80.29 Italy Florence 4 June 7th
2010 79.12 Spain Barcelona 28 July 6th
2009 79.74 Italy Campi Bisenzio 17 May 6th
2008 78.79 Italy Lucca 10 June 25th
2007 78.21 Portugal Albufeira 26 May 17th
2006 76.89 Italy Faenza 27 September
2005 74.82 Italy Florence 17 June
2004 76.95 Italy Florence 10 July
2003 77.69 Italy Viareggio 13 August
2002 78.80 Italy Viareggio 23 August
2001 80.50 Italy Formia 14 July 13th
2000 79.64 Australia Sydney 24 September 23rd
1999 79.59 Italy Padua 26 June 17th
1998 77.89 Italy Rome 9 July
1997 77.10 San Marino San Marino 17 May
1996 75.30 South Africa Pretoria 1 January
1995 74.48 Italy Pescara 13 September
1994 71.78 Italy Pescara 18 June

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Measure Notes
1991 European Junior Championships Thessaloniki, Greece 8th 62.20 m
1992 World Junior Championships Seoul, South Korea 5th 66.96 m Sport records icon PB.svg
1995 Universiade Fukuoka, Japan 13th 70.70 m
1997 Mediterranean Games Bari, Italy 5th 74.86 m [5]
Universiade Catania, Italy 5th 75.12 m [6]
World Championships Athens, Greece 22nd 73.42 m
1998 European Championships Budapest, Hungary 17th 74.65 m
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 7th 78.31 m
World Military Games Zagreb, Croatia 2nd 78.04 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 2nd 79.64 Sport records icon PB.svg
2001 Mediterranean Games Izmir, Tunisia 1st 78.48 m [5]
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 4th 80.13 m
World Military Championships Beirut, Lebanon 1st 77.93 m
Universiade Beijing, China 1st 78.41 m [6]
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 13th 77.57 m
World Military Championships Tivoli, Italy 1st 77.80 m
2003 European Cup Winter Throwing Gioia Tauro, Italy 1st 75.35 m
World Championships Paris, France 15th 75.76 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 10th 74.27 m
2005 Mediterranean Games Almeria, Spain 4th 73.64 m
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 25th 70.77 m
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 9th 76.55 m
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 16th 73.64 m
World Military Games Hyderabad, India 2nd 74.97 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, PR China 13th 75.01 m
2009 European Cup Winter Throwing Tenerife, Spain 3rd 78.51 m
Mediterranean Games Pescara, Italy 1st 75.92 m [5]
World Championships Berlin, Germany 9th 73.70 m
World Military Championships Sofia, Bulgaria 3rd 78.06 m
2010 European Cup Winter Throwing Arles, France 1st 76.63 m
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 2nd 79.12 m Sport records icon SB.svg
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 8th 77.04 m
2012 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 5th 75.13 m
Summer Olympics London, United Kingdom 8th 76.07 m
2013 Mediterranean Games Mersin, Turkey 3rd 76.86 m
World Championships Moscow, Russia 7th 77.61 m

Palmarès[edit]

Nicola Vizzoni has been a finalist 10 times in his 17 appearances in the three major International athletics competitions.

Olympic Games World Championships European Championships
00 04 08 12 97 99 01 03 05 07 09 11 13 98 02 06 10 12
2 10 NF 8 NF 7 4 NF NF NF 9 8 7 NF NF 9 2 5

National championships[edit]

Nicola Vizzoni has won the individual national championship 27 times.[7][8]

  • 13 wins in the hammer throw (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013)
  • 14 wins in the hammer throw at the Italian Winter Throwing Championships (1994, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014)

Honours[edit]

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Officer: Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: 27 September 2004[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PODIO INTERNAZIONALE DAL 1908 AL 2008 - UOMINI". sportolimpico.it. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Slovenia's Ratej provides big surprise at European Cup Winter Throwing. European Athletics (2010-03-21). Retrieved on 2010-03-23.
  3. ^ "Coslovich-Vizzoni...throwing in love!". flickr.com. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Nicola Vizzoni - Top 25 Lists". trackfield.brinkster.net. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "Mediterranean Games]". GBR Athletics. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Summer Universiade (,en)]". GBR Athletics. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  7. ^ ""CAMPIONATI "ASSOLUTI" ITALIANI SUL PODIO TRICOLORE – 1906 2012". sportolimpico.it. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  8. ^ Annuario dell'Atletica 2009. FIDAL. 2009. 
  9. ^ Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana Vizzoni Sig. Nicola

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