Giuseppe Ottaviani (athlete)

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Giuseppe Ottaviani
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Personal information
Born (1916-05-20) 20 May 1916 (age 102)
Country  Italy
Club G.S. Atl. Effebi Fossombrone
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 60 metres indoor = 14.28 M95 WR
60 meters indoor = 17.52 M100 WR Long Jump indoor = 1,16 M100 WR
Triple jump indoor = 3,27 M100 WR
200 meters indoor = 2:15.90 M100 WR
Shot Put indoor = 4,43 M100 WR
Triple Jump =3,54 M100 WR
Weight Throw =4,92 M100 WR
Throws Pentathlon =2533p M100 WR

Giuseppe Ottaviani (born 20 May 1916) is an Italian centenarian and masters athlete.

He turned 100 in May 2016.[1]

He is the current indoor world record holder in the M95 and M100 60 metres.[2] He also held the indoor world record for the triple jump and outdoor world records in M95 age group for long jump and triple jump.[3] He has 52 Italian National Championships with 13 national records, still holds 9 world record and the outdoor discus European record.[4][5]


After serving in the Italian Air Force during World War II, he spent his career as a men's tailor.

He married Alba Michelini and has three children Paul, Marzia and Matelda. Marzia is now a top masters marathoner.[6]

At the suggestion of the brothers Paul and Julian Costantini, he started masters athletics in the late 1980s. He won his first national championship in 1999. He was coached by Graziano Bacchiocchi and then in 2010, Mauro Angelini coached him to high jump. After turning 95 in 2011, he became the first 95-year-old athlete to surpass 2 meters for the long jump and 4 meters for the triple jump. He drives himself the 25 km from his home in Sant'Ippolito to the training facility in Fano.

He lives by two mottos; "For me sport is life" and "curiosity drives me to live."

At age 94 he bought a wireless adsl computer, at 97 he enrolled in the University of the Third Age in Fossombrone.

At the invitation of Professor Ario Federici, he has given the opening lecture in Kinesiology at the University of Urbino for the last two years.


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