Vincenza Sicari

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Vincenza Sicari
Vincenza Sicari - 2008 Turin Marathon podium.jpg
Sicari (right) on the 2008 Turin Marathon podium
Personal information
Nationality Italian
Born (1979-03-19) March 19, 1979 (age 35)
Lodi, Italy
Country Italy Italy
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Marathon
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Half marathon: 1:10.21 (2008)

Vincenza Sicari (born 19 March 1979 in Lodi) is an Italian long-distance runner. She represented Italy internationally in cross country running early in her career, but later moved on to road events. She has appeared at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships on three occasions and ran in the marathon for Italy at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

She has competed extensively on the Italian road circuit and has won marathons in Carpi, Padua, and Turin. Her personal best of 2:29:51 hours, set in 2008, came at the latter race.


She started her international career as a cross country runner: she ran as a junior at the 1998 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, made her senior debut at the European Cross Country Championships in 2001, and ran in the short race at the 2003 World Cross Championships.[1] She began competing for the Italian Army team in 2004 and this coincided with her first national title, becoming champion over 10,000 metres. She recorded a half marathon best of 1:13:42 hours at the Napoli Half Marathon and represented Italy in that event at the 2004 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, coming 34th. She was 45th at the European Cross Country Championships that December.[2]

Sicari had her best placing at the World Cross Country Championships in 2005, placing 40th in the long race.[1] She was runner-up at the Stramilano half marathon in April, setting a personal best of 1:12:39 minutes behind Anikó Kálovics.[3] She was selected to compete on the track at the 2005 Mediterranean Games and she was sixth over 10,000 m. She also represented Italy at the World Half Marathon and the European Cross Country Championships that year.[2]

Her debut marathon run came in October 2006 at the Italian Marathon in Carpi. She used the event to test her fitness over the distance and she came third.[4] A run at the Florence Marathon followed and she fought off a challenge from Gloria Marconi to take a clear victory in 2:34:52 hours, although she slowed in the latter stages due to liver problems.[5]

In January 2007 she won the 6 km race at the Montefortiana Turà in Monteforte d'Alpone.[6][7] She knocked more than four minutes off her best at the 2007 Maratona di Sant'Antonio in Padua and won the women's race.[8] She eased to victory at the Scalata al Castello 5 km and stated that she was keen to form part of the national marathon team for the 2007 World Championships in Athletics.[9] However, she missed out on the squad and instead had to make do with an appearance at the 2007 IAAF World Road Running Championships in Udine (where she was 24th).[1] The Florence Marathon offered her a chance gain a place for the 2008 Italian Olympic team and she won the race for a second year running.[10][11]

Sicari began 2008 with a win at the Maratonina dei Tre Comuni,[12] followed by a second place finish at the Rome-Ostia Half Marathon in a personal best of 1:10:21 hours.[13] An attempt to gain an Olympic place at the Rome City Marathon failed after she dropped out of the race.[14] She rebounded with a win at the La Lagarina half marathon later that month and just dipped under FIDAL's time standard of two hours thirty minutes at the Turin Marathon, gaining selection and the women's title in a personal best of 2:29:51 hours.[15][16] She won the women's race at the Trofeo San Vittore in June.[17] On her debut Olympic appearance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics Marathon she came 29th with a time of 2:33:31 hours.[18] She brought her year to a close with a third place finish at the Turin Half Marathon and a win at the Straconi Golden Run in Cuneo.[19][20]

She competed in a number of half marathons in 2009, winning the Valli e Pinete Half Marathon and the Maratonina di Cremona,[21][22] as well as having a top five finish at the Stramilano.[23] She won a second title at the Maratonina dei Tre Comuni at the start of 2010, but did not run competitively for the rest of the year.[12]


Sicari crossing the line to win the 2008 Turin Marathon
Year Competition Venue Position Notes
1998 World Cross Country Championships Marrakech, Morocco 70th Junior race
2001 European Cross Country Championships Thun, Switzerland 55th Long race
2003 World Cross Country Championships Lausanne, Switzerland 51st Short race
2004 World Half Marathon Championships New Delhi, India 34th Half marathon
2005 World Cross Country Championships St Etienne - St Galmier, France 40th Long race
Mediterranean Games Almería, Spain 6th 10,000 m
World Half Marathon Championships Edmonton, Canada 31st Half marathon
2007 World Road Running Championships Udine, Italy 24th Half marathon
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 29th Marathon

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  1. ^ a b c Sicari, Vincenza. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-04-23.
  2. ^ a b Vincenza Sicari (5000m-10000m) (Italian). Federazione Italiana di Atletica Leggera. Retrieved on 2011-04-23.
  3. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2005-04-10). Kiprotich in the world’s fastest time of 2005 takes Stramilano honours. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-04-23.
  4. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2006-10-15). Command debut performance for Kalovics at Carpi Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2006-11-26). pacesetter to victor: Kutto clocks 2:08:41 course record in Florence. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ Franco Civai & Juraj Gasparovic (2011-01-24). Montefortiana Turà. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ Zorzi, Alberto (2007-01-24). Course record run for Mosop at Monteforte Turà. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2007-04-22). One second splits first two in Padua Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-04-23.
  9. ^ Zorzi, Alberto (2007-05-27). Baldini defeated by Kipngetich in Arezzo's 10km. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-04-23.
  10. ^ A Firenze sfida fra Caimmi e Di Cecco (Italian). Federazione Italiana di Atletica Leggera. Retrieved on 2011-04-23.
  11. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2007-11-25). Ngeny, Sicari slip, slide to Florence Marathon victories. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-04-23.
  12. ^ a b Civai, Franco (2011-02-05). Tre Comuni 22.3 km. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2011-04-23.
  13. ^ Zorzi, Alberto (2008-02-24). Women’s course record goes at Rome-Ostia Half Marathon with 1:09 run. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-04-23.
  14. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2008-03-16). Bogomolova conquers Rome in 2:22:53, Kiptoo takes men’s title. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-04-23.
  15. ^ La Lagarina della Pace Half Marathon. Association of Road Racing Statisticians (2011-02-12). Retrieved on 2011-04-23.
  16. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2008-04-13). Kibiwott takes his second career win in Turin. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-04-23.
  17. ^ Civai, Franco (2010-06-25). Trofeo San Vittore. Association of Road Racing Statisticians (2011-02-12). Retrieved on 2011-04-23.
  18. ^ 2008 Olympics - Marathon - W Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-04-23.
  19. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2008-09-28). Meli, Kibarus take Turin Half Marathon wins. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-04-23.
  20. ^ Civai, Franco (2011-02-06). Straconi Golden Run 10 km (men) + 6 km (women). Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2011-04-23.
  21. ^ Franco Civai & Juraj Gasparovic (2011-03-11). Valli e Pinete Half Marathon. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2011-04-23.
  22. ^ Albo d'Oro. Maratonina di Cremona. Retrieved on 2011-04-23.
  23. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2009-04-05). Kimugul and Kebede take Stramilano Half Marathon titles. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-23.

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