Elena Romagnolo

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Elena Romagnolo
Elena Romagnolo.jpg
Elena Romagnolo at the 2012 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Nationality Italian
Born (1982-10-05) October 5, 1982 (age 35)
Borgosesia, Italy
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 50 kg (110 lb)
Country Italy Italy
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Steeplechase
Club C.S. Esercito
Coached by Andrea Bello
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • 3000 m st: 8:27.48 (2008) Sport records icon NR.svg

Elena Romagnolo (born October 5, 1982 in Borgosesia) is an Italian steeplechaser, middle and long-distance runner. She is the national record holder in the 3000 metres steeplechase, but now competes mainly in the 5000 metres.


She first established herself as a steeplechase runner, taking back-to-back national titles in 2006 and 2007. She represented her country in that event at the 2006 European Athletics Championships, the 2007 World Championships in Athletics and the 2008 Summer Olympics. At the latter event she ran an Italian record of 9:27.48 minutes in the heats and finished eleventh in the final.[1] Her final global appearance in the steeplechase came at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, where she did not progress beyond the heats.[2]

Romagnolo has been a frequent representative for Italy in cross country running, having competed at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011. Her best finish came in 2010 in Bydgoszcz, where she placed 24th overall. She was tenth at the 2008 European Cross Country Championships.[2] She participated at two editions of the Summer Olympics (2008, 2012), she has 22 caps in national team from 2006 to 2012.[3]

Since 2009, she began to turn her attention to flat running rather than the steeplechase. She placed sixth in the 5000 metres final at the 2010 European Athletics Championships and was the silver medallist at the 2009 Mediterranean Games in Pescara (running a personal best of 15:13.19 minutes).[2] Romagnolo did not perform well in the 2011 season but she showed a return to form at the Cinque Mulini in March 2012, where she was runner-up to Kenya's Priscah Jepleting.[4] At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she reached the final of the women's 5000 metres.[5]

National records[edit]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 19th 3000 m steeplechase 9:52.38
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 21st 3000 m steeplechase 9:52.38
2008 Summer Olympics Beijing, China 11th 3000 m steeplechase 9:30.04
2009 Mediterranean Games Pescara, Italy 2nd 5000 m 15:13.19
World Championships Berlin, Germany 38th 3000 m steeplechase 9:56.61
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 5th 5000 m 15:14.40
2012 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 9th 5000 m 15:24.38
8th 10,000 m 32:42.31
Summer Olympics London, Great Britain 15th 5000 m 15:39.69
2013 Mediterranean Games Mersin, Turkey 3rd 5000 m 16:11.17

National titles[edit]

She won 7 times the individual national championship.[6][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Elena Romagnolo Archived 2012-12-17 at the Wayback Machine.. Sports Reference. Retrieved on 2012-03-25.
  2. ^ a b c Romagnolo Elena. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-03-25.
  3. ^ Annuario dell'Atletica 2009. FIDAL. 2009. 
  4. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2012-03-18). Kenyan sweep at Cinque Mulini. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-03-25.
  5. ^ http://www.olympic.org/olympic-results/london-2012/athletics/5000m-w
  6. ^ ""CAMPIONATI "ASSOLUTI" ITALIANE SUL PODIO TRICOLORE – 1923 2012" (PDF). sportolimpico.it. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 December 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "ITALIAN INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS". gbrathletics.com. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 

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