Antonietta Di Martino

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Antonietta Di Martino
Antonietta Di Martino Berlin 2010.jpg
Di Martino in a G.S. Fiamme Gialle jersey
Personal information
Nationality Italian
Born (1978-06-01) June 1, 1978 (age 39)
Cava de' Tirreni, Italy
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)
Weight 57 kg (126 lb)
Country Italy
Sport Athletics
Event(s) High jump
Club G.S. Fiamme Gialle
Coached by Massimiliano Di Matteo
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • High jump: 2.04 m (2011)
  • Heptathlon: 5542 (2001)

Antonietta Di Martino (born 1 June 1978 in Cava de' Tirreni) is a retired Italian high jumper. She currently holds the Italian national women's high jump record at 2.03 metres for outdoor events and 2.04 metres for indoor events. She also currently holds the women's all-time highest jump-differential, meaning she has jumped the highest (0.35 metres) more than her own height.

Her first significant international achievement was winning silver medal at the 2007 European Indoor Championships in Birmingham. In the same year, she won the silver medal at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka. After a disappointing Olympics in Beijing, she won her first gold medal at the European Indoor Championships in 2011 in Paris and the bronze medal at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu. In 2012, she won another silver medal at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul.[1] In September 2009, she married Massimiliano Di Matteo, who also has been acting as her coach since marriage.


Early years (1990–2001)[edit]

Her athletics history began at the age of 12 at the Youth Games, which highlighted her beginnings. Coincidentally, the high jump was not her first specialty. For much of her youth, she practiced the javelin throw and continued trying for multiple disciplines. She debuted in the national team for heptathlon in the European Cup in 2001.

Early achievements(2001–2006)[edit]

Her skills as a high jumper were first discovered in July 2001, during the Italian Championship in Catania when her jump raised her personal best from 1.93 to 1.98 meters, thus equalling the personal best of accomplished Italian high-jumper Antonella Bevilacqua. A month later, she was able to reach the world finals where she finished twelfth at the 2001 World Championships in Edmonton. In 2006, she finished fifth at the World Indoor Championships in Moscow and tenth at the European Championships in Gothenburg.

The Golden year - 2007[edit]

In February 2007, she cleared 2.00 metres in Banská Bystrica, breaking Sara Simeoni's previous Italian indoor record of 1.98 m. She followed this up with a silver medal at the 2007 European Indoor Championships,[2] where she jumped 1.96 m.

Di Martino also won the silver medal at 2007 World Championships, having jumped 2.03 m. Her 2008 season was not so successful and she managed only the tenth position at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and closed the year carrying a serious toe injury, making her consider retiring from the sport.[3]

Her return (2009–2012)[edit]

Di Martino in action at ISTAF (2010)

In September 2009, she changed coaches, leaving Davide Sessa for husband Massimiliano Di Matteo and this marked a resurgence in her form. She won the Italian Indoor Championships, but illness ruled her out of the 2009 European Indoor Championships a few months later.[3] She took bronze at the 2009 European Team Championships and soon after, she beat Blanka Vlašić to win the Golden Gala meeting, jumping 2.00 m in Rome.[4] She cleared 1.99 m at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, securing a fourth-place finish. She capped off the year with a bronze at the final edition of the World Athletics Final and married her new coach Di Matteo.[3]

Antonietta Di Martino won the gold medal at the 2010 European Team Championships, but did not even pass the qualifying round at the 2010 European Athletics Championships. She rebounded at the start of the 2011 season, jumping to an Italian indoor record of 2.04 m in Banská Bystrica in Slovakia.[5] She continued with her good form in March by winning the European Indoor Championship in Paris with 2.01 m.

Records and achievements[edit]

Her personal best outdoor jump is 2.03 metres, achieved on 24 June 2007, in Milan by surpassing her own previous Italian record of 2.02 m, while her best indoor result came at an indoor high jump meeting in Slovakia on 9 February 2011 with a new national record of 2.04 m. Standing at only 1.69 m, this jump is the unofficial women's world record for the highest jump over her own height (at 35 cm).[6] Di Martino used to be active in heptathlon, achieving a personal best of 5542 points (2001).

Missing the 2012 Summer Olympics[edit]

Di Martino suffered an injury on her knee in April 2012,[7] just four months before the Olympic Games. She was forced to stop training for a period of time. However, the National Athletics Federation (FIDAL) underestimate the nature of the injury, which was diagnosed in the three weeks of rehabilitation. But less than a month before the Olympics, they came to know that the injury was more serious than expected, forcing her to undergo surgery, ruling her out of London.[8] Her knee surgery was performed just a few days before the race in the Olympics high jump.[9]

Her husband and coach Massimiliano Di Matteo, in an interview, accused the FIDAL have underestimated the nature of the injury and failing to ensure an athlete who has contributed immensely to Italian sport the right care at the time of rehabilitation.

National records[edit]

  • High jump outdoor: 2.03 m (Italy Milan, 24 June 2007 and Japan Osaka, 2 September 2007) - current holder
  • High jump indoor: 2.04 m (Slovakia Banská Bystrica, 9 February 2009) - current holder


Di Martino celebrates her silver medal at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka

Amtonietta Di Martino made 12 career jumps over 2.00 m (bolded in the table).

Year Competition Venue Position Event Measure Note
2001 World Championships Canada Edmonton 12th High jump 1,85 m
2006 World Indoor Championships Russia Moscow 5th High jump 1,96 m
European Championships Sweden Gothenburg 10th High jump 1,92 m
2007 European Indoor Championships United Kingdom Birmingham 2nd High jump 1,96 m [10]
World Championships Japan Ozaka 2nd High jump 2,03 m Sport records icon NR.svg
2008 World Indoor Championships Spain Valencia 7th High jump 1,93 m
European Cup France Annecy 2nd High jump 1,95 m
Olympic Games China Beijing 10th High jump 1.93 m
2009 European Team Championships Portugal Leiria 3d High jump 2,00 m
Mediterranean Games Italy Pescara 1st High jump 1,97 m
World Championships Germany Berlin 4th High jump 1,99 m
2010 European Team Championships Norway Bergen 1st High jump 2,00 m
Diamond League 2nd High jump details
2011 European Indoor Championships France Paris 1st High jump 2,01 m
World Championships South Korea Daegu 3d High jump 2,00 m
2012 World Indoor Championships Turkey Istanbul 2nd High jump 1,95 m

Others meetings and championships[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Measure Note
2006 British Grand Prix England Gateshead 3rd High jump 1,94 m
Golden Gala Italy Rome 11th High jump 1,80 m
Memorial Van Damme Belgium Bruxelles 5th High jump 1,95 m
2007 Europa SC High Jump Slovakia Banská Bystrica 2nd High jump 2,00 m
Memorial Primo Nebiolo Italy Torino 1st High jump 2,02 m Sport records icon NR.svg
Bislett Games Norway Oslo 6th High jump 1,90 m
European Cup (first league) Italy Milano 1st High jump 2,03 m Sport records icon NR.svg
IAAF World Athletics Final Germany Stuttgart 2nd High jump 1,97 m
2009 Golden Gala Italy Rome 1st High jump 2,00 m
IAAF World Athletics Final Greece Thessaloniki 3rd High jump 1,97 m
2010 Golden Gala Italy Rome 2nd High jump 1,95 m
Italian Athletics Championships Italy Grosseto 1st High jump 2,01 m
2011 Europa SC High Jump Slovakia Banska Bystrica 1st High jump 2,04 m[11] Sport records icon NR.svg
Spanish Athletics Championships Spain Málaga 1st High jump 2,00 m
Rieti Meeting Italy Rieti 1st High jump 1,96 m

National championships[edit]

Antonietta Di Martino has won the individual national championship 10 times.[12][13]

  • 6 wins in High jump outdoor (2000, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010)
  • 4 wins in High jump indoor (2003, 2006, 2007, 2009)


Antonietta Di Martino ranked 15 times in the top 25 of the world for the season list.[14] Her 2.04 m indoor is also the 8th best performance of all-time.[15]

High Jump Differentials[edit]

All time lists of athletes with the highest recorded jumps above their own height.[16][17]

Athlete Born Tall Jump Year Diff.
1 Italy Antonietta Di Martino 1978 1.69 2.04i 2011 0.35
2 Sweden Kajsa Bergqvist 1976 1.75 2.08i 2006 0.33
Greece Niki Bakoyianni 1968 1.70 2.03 1998
4 United States Yolanda Henry 1964 1.68 2.00i 1990 0.32
Bulgaria Emilia Dragieva 1965 1.68 2.00i 1987
6 France Marie Collonvillé 1973 1.63 1.94 1997 0.31

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "PODIO INTERNAZIONALE DAL 1908 AL 2008 - DONNE" (PDF). Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Gordon, Ed (2007-02-14). "Holm 2.37, and Veneva 2.02 in Banská Bystrica". IAAF. Retrieved 2007-03-04. 
  3. ^ a b c Sampaolo, Diego (2010-01-21). From brink of retirement, Di Martino finds new motivation. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-01-30.
  4. ^ Ramsak, Bob (2009-07-10). Gay powers back with 9.77 in Rome – REPORT – ÅF Golden League. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-07-23.
  5. ^ Gordon, Ed (2011-02-10). Ukhov again over 2.38m, Di Martino surprises with 2.04m in Banska Bystrica. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-14.
  6. ^ "List for unofficial world record of difference between personal best and standing height". Homepage of Stefan Holm. Archived from the original on 2 April 2010. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Esami clinici per la Di Martino" (in Italian). Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Di Martino l'Olimpiade ancora in forse" (in Italian). Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Di Martino operata al ginocchio" (in Italian). Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "Osaka 2007 - High Jump W FINAL". Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  11. ^ She also jumped 2.02 m before in same race.
  12. ^ ""CAMPIONATI "ASSOLUTI" ITALIANE SUL PODIO TRICOLORE – 1923 2012" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 December 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  13. ^ "ITALIAN INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS". 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "Track and Field Statistics - Antonietta Di Martino|". Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  15. ^ "High Jump- Women - Senior - Indoor". Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  16. ^ High Jump Differentials Archived 2011-07-17 at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ 50 cm club - Alltime list in jump above own height Archived 2010-04-02 at the Wayback Machine.

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