Massimo Stano

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Massimo Stano
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Stano in 2021.
Personal information
National teamItaly (11 caps)
Born (1992-02-27) 27 February 1992 (age 30)
Grumo Appula, Italy
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight66 kg (146 lb)
CountryItaly Italy
ClubG.S. Fiamme Oro (2011-)
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • 20 km walk: 1:17:45 (2019)
  • 35 km walk: 2:23:14 (2022)

Massimo Stano (born 27 February 1992) is a male Italian racewalker. He competed in the 20 kilometres walk event at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics in Beijing, China, finishing in the 19th position,[1] and the same event at the 2020 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo, Japan, finishing in first place.[2] On 24 July 2022, Stano won the 2022 World Athletics Championships with a championship record.


Born in Grumo Appula, he grew up in Palo del Colle. He started with athletics at 11 years-old with the Fiamma Olimpia Palo, middle-distance running mainly, then starting at 14 years-old to practise racewalking with his coach Giovanni Zaccheo. His club becomes for 4 years the Atletica Aden Exprivia Molfetta, the town where he trained. In 2011, he became a policeman as member of the Fiamme Oro. His first big athletics result comes from the 2013 European Athletics U23 Championships in Tampere where he finished initially fourth, but where he won first the bronze medal, then the silver after the doping disqualification of 2 Russians. To improve his results, he left Palo for Sesto San Giovanni taking a new coach, Alessandro Gandellini.

With too many injuries, he finally decided to change again of location and went to Castel Porziano [fr], working and training in the barracks of the Fiamme Oro. His new coach becomes Patrizio Percesepe. Very quickly, he started having better results: he won the national championships with a personal best, he finished third at the 2018 IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships in Taicang, China and 4th at the European Championships in Berlin, finishing at only 1 second from the podium. In June 2019, he established the new national record of 1:17:45, but then, he finished only 14th at the 2019 World Championships in Doha. 2020 was also a difficult year with more injuries (periostitis) and with Covid pandemic he started again walking at the European Cup in Poděbrady on 16 May 2021 where he finished 8th.[3]

National records[edit]

  • 20 km walk: 1:17:45 (Spain A Coruña, 8 June 2019) - Current holder.[4]

National titles[edit]

Personal life[edit]

In 2016 Stano married Moroccan athlete Fatima Lotfi. They have a daughter, Sophie, and live together in Rome.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Men's 20 kilometres walk heats results" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Athletics STANO Massimo - Tokyo 2020 Olympics". Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Archived from the original on 5 August 2021. Retrieved 18 September 2021.
  3. ^ Buongiovanni, Andrea (5 August 2021). "Massimo Stano: marciatore per passione, musulmano per amore". (in Italian).
  4. ^ "Stano primatista italiano dei 20 km di marcia" (in Italian). 12 June 2019. Retrieved 15 June 2019. Annullati tutti risultati conseguiti da Alex Schwazer a far data dal 18 marzo 2012. L'1h17:45 ottenuto dall'azzurro delle Fiamme Oro sabato scorso a La Coruna è record nazionale assoluto
  5. ^ "Marcia: Stano e Trapletti campioni della 20km" (in Italian). 4 March 2018. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Chi è Fatima Lotfi, la moglie e collega di Massimo Stano: Medaglia d'oro nella marcia 20 km". 5 August 2021.

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