Fabrizio Donato

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Fabrizio Donato
Fabrizio Donato Turin 2009.JPG
Personal information
Nationality Italian
Born (1976-08-14) 14 August 1976 (age 40)
Latina, Italy
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 83 kg (183 lb)
Country Italy Italy
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Triple jump
Club G.S. Fiamme Gialle
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Triple jump: 17.73 m (2011)

Fabrizio Donato (born 14 August 1976) is an Italian athlete competing in the triple jump and occasionally in the long jump. He is known for winning gold medals at the 2001 Mediterranean Games and the 2009 European Indoor Championships, the latter in a new championship record of 17.59 metres. He is the Italian record holder with 17.60 metres outdoor and 17.73 indoor.


He was born in Latina. He participated at the 2000 Olympic Games without reaching the final.[1] He cleared the 17-metre mark for the first time in June 2000 at the Notturna di Milano meeting – his mark of 17.60 m was a significant personal best and also improved Paolo Camossi's Italian record by 31 centimetres.[2] This was the second best jump in Europe that year.[3] In the same year he also became Italian champion for the first time. His main competitor around that time was Camossi.[4]

In 2001 he finished sixth at the 2001 World Indoor Championships and won the gold medal at the 2001 Mediterranean Games. The winning result of 17.05 metres was his season's best.[1] It was almost a championship record as well, but Marios Hadjiandreou's 17.13 metres from 1991 was slightly better.[5] In 2002 he reached 17 metres for the first time indoor, with 17.03 metres in Genova in February. He finished fourth at both the 2002 European Indoor Championships and the 2002 European Championships in the summer. In the latter competition he jumped 17.15 metres, and his season's best was 17.17.[1]

Then, some less successful years followed. He competed without reaching the final at the 2003 World Championships, the 2004 World Indoor Championships and the 2004 Olympic Games. He failed to reach the 17-metre mark at all in 2004 and 2005. In 2006 he experienced an improvement with 17.33 metres indoor (Ancona, February) and 17.24 metres outdoor (Turin, July), but failed to reach the final at both the 2006 World Indoor Championships and the 2006 European Championships. He did however win the European Cup Super League meeting in June, reaching 16.99 metres. In 2007 he again failed to reach 17 metres, and again failed to reach the final of a major competition, this time at the 2007 World Championships.[1]

2008 and 2009 would be marked by fruitful indoor seasons and fruitless outdoor seasons. He finished fourth in the final at the 2008 World Indoor Championships with a mark of 17.27 metres, but after with Fabio Martella he won the gold medal at the 2009 European Indoor Championships with a mark of 17.59 metres. These two marks were the season's best of the respective years.[1] 17.59 was also a new championship record for the European Indoor Championships.[6] In comparison, he only managed 16.91 outdoors in 2008 and only 15.81 outdoors in 2009. He had unsuccessful participations at the 2008 Olympic Games and the 2009 World Championships.[1]

His personal best jump is still 17.60 metres, and 17.73 metres on the indoor track.[1] He is the Italian record holder.[7] In the long jump he has 8.00 metres outdoors, achieved in September 2006 in Busto Arsizio with the maximum possible wind assistance, and 8.03 metres indoors, achieved in February 2011 in Ancona.[1]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he jumped 17.48 metres to win the bronze medal.[8]

He's the husband of the former sprinter Patrizia Spuri.[9]


Donato after his gold medal at the 2012 European Athletics Championships
Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Italy
1995 European Junior Championships Nyíregyháza, Hungary 5th 15.81 m
1997 European U23 Championships Turku, Finland 11th 15.55 m (-2.0 m/s)
2000 European Indoor Championships Ghent, Belgium 6th 16.57 m
Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 25th (q) 16.34 m
2001 World Indoor Championships Lisbon, Portugal 6th 16.77 m
Mediterranean Games Radès, Tunisia 1st 17.05 m
2002 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 4th 16.90 m
European Championships Munich, Germany 4th 17.15 m
2003 World Championships Paris, France 13th (q) 16.63 m
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 11th (q) 16.68 m
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 21st (q) 16.45 m
2006 World Indoor Championships Moscow, Russia 17th (q) 16.35 m
European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 16th (q) 16.66 m
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 32nd (q) 16.20 m
2008 World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 4th 17.27 m
Olympic Games Beijing, China 21st (q) 16.70 m
2009 European Indoor Championships Turin, Italy 1st 17.59 m (iNR)
World Championships Berlin, Germany 41st (q) 15.81 m
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 5th 16.88 m
European Championships Barcelona, Spain 9th 16.54 m
2011 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 2nd 17.73 m (iNR)
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 10th 16.77 m
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 4th 17.28 m
European Championships Helsinki, Finland 1st 17.63 m (w)
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 3rd 17.48 m
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 15th (q) 16.53 m
2014 European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 7th 16.66 m
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 17th (q) 16.54 m
2017 European Indoor Championships Belgrade, Serbia 2nd 17.13 m (M40 WR)

National championships[edit]

He has won 21 times the individual national championship.[10][11]

  • 7 wins in the triple jump (2000, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011)
  • 3 wins in the long jump indoor (1999, 2011, 2012)
  • 11 wins in the triple jump indoor (1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Fabrizio Donato profile at IAAF
  2. ^ Gebreselassie eases back into competition. IAAF (2000-06-07). Retrieved on 2010-09-10.
  3. ^ "European Top Performers 1980-2005: Men (Outdoor)". GBR Athletics. Athletics Weekly. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Italian Championships". GBR Athletics. Athletics Weekly. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Mediterranean Games". GBR Athletics. Athletics Weekly. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  6. ^ Turner, Chris (7 March 2009). "MEN's Summary - European Indoor Champs, Day TWO - PM Session". IAAF. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "National Records. Top 30 countries by event". The Athletics Site. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "London 2012 - Men's Triple Jump". www.olympic.org. IOC. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Patrizia Spuri". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  10. ^ ""CAMPIONATI "ASSOLUTI" ITALIANI SUL PODIO TRICOLORE – 1906 2012" (PDF). sportolimpico.it. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 December 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "ITALIAN INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS". gbrathletics.com. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 

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