Notturna di Milano

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Notturna di Milano
Arena Civica Milan - Facade.jpg
The facade of the Arena Civica, the host stadium
LocationMilan, Italy Italy
Event typeTrack and field
Official siteNotturna di Milano

Notturna di Milano (English: Night in Milan) is an annual track and field meeting which is held in September at the Arena Civica in Milan, Italy. First held in 1998, the meeting received IAAF permit meeting status the following year.[1] In its earlier years, men's sprinting was one of the primary attractions of the meeting, with former world record holders Donovan Bailey and Tim Montgomery among those competing.[2]

The third edition of the meeting attracted many prominent athletes including Olympic champion Haile Gebrselassie and World Champion sprinter Dennis Mitchell (world record holder Maurice Greene was also set to compete but withdrew due to illness). Home athlete Fabrizio Donato set a historic national record of 17.60 m in the triple jump (an improvement of Paolo Camossi's mark by almost a third of a metre).[3] That same year, the meeting also had a failed drugs test – Mihaela Melinte, the world record holder in the women's hammer throw and favourite for the Olympic title that year, was banned for two years for taking nandrolone.[4] The 2002 meeting attracted numerous Olympic and World medallists.[5]

The event was cancelled in 2006 and the Milan venue was the setting for the 2007 European Cup instead.[6] The meeting returned to the European athletics calendar in 2008 and was highlighted by performances from Italians Elisa Cusma and Antonietta Di Martino, and also a national record run by Bahraini sprinter Roqaya Al-Gassra.[7] The competition gained European Athletics meeting permit status in 2009. That year's events were dedicated to the memory of Candido Cannavò (former editor of Gazzetta dello Sport) who had played an integral part in the inception of the meeting. The meeting organisers also allocated the profits of the ticket sales towards those affected by the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake.[8]

Emerging French sprinter Christophe Lemaitre was one of the prime attractions of the 2010 (given his North Italian heritage) and reigning World Champion Caster Semenya improved the 800 metres meeting record. In addition to the competitive action, Stefano Baldini – the 2004 Olympic marathon champion – was presented with the Candido Cannavò Award for his athletics achievements.[9]

World records[edit]

Over the course of its history, two world records have been set at the Notturna di Milano.

Year Event Record Athlete Nationality
1973, 27 June 800 m 1:43.7 (ht) Marcello Fiasconaro  Italy
1939, July 800 m 1:46.6 (ht) Rudolf Harbig Germany German Reich

Meeting records[edit]


Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref Video
100 m 10.08 Bernard Williams  United States
200 m 20.30 (+0.5 m/s) Andrew Howe  Italy 9 September 2010 [10] [1]
400 m 44.83 Leonard Byrd  United States
800 m 1:43.50 Mohamed Aman  Ethiopia 18 September 2011 [11][12] [2]
1500 m 3:31.34 Hicham El Guerrouj  Morocco
3000 m 7:41.30 Augustine Choge  Kenya 18 September 2011 [11][13] [3]
5000 m 12:52.53 Salah Hissou  Morocco
3000 m steeplechase 8:11.31 Stephen Cherono  Qatar
110 m hurdles 13.18 Colin Jackson  Great Britain
400 m hurdles 48.22 Chris Rawlinson  Great Britain
High jump 2.28 m Aleksandr Shustov  Russia
Pole vault 5.70 m Rens Blom  Netherlands
Triple jump 17.67 (+3.1 m/s) Jonathan Edwards  Great Britain
Shot put 20.37 m Yuriy Bilonoh  Ukraine
Discus throw 67.13 m Virgilijus Alekna  Lithuania
Hammer throw 80.38 m Nicola Vizzoni  Italy
Javelin throw 80.84 m Vítězslav Veselý  Czech Republic 18 September 2011
5000 m walk (track) 18:38.45 Ivano Brugnetti  Italy
4×100 m relay 38.69 Francesco Scuderi
Alessandro Cavallaro
Maurizio Checcucci
Andrea Colombo


Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref Video
100 m 11.12 Roqaya Al-Gassra  Bahrain
200 m 22.63 Debbie Ferguson  Bahamas
400 m 50.44 Katharine Merry  Great Britain
800 m 1:58.16 Caster Semenya  South Africa 9 September 2010 [10] [4]
1500 m 4:04.01 Nancy Langat  Kenya
5000 m 14:36.92 Berhane Adere  Ethiopia
100 m hurdles 12.79 Nevin Yanıt  Turkey
400 m hurdles 54.51 Nezha Bidouane  Morocco
2000 m steeplechase 6:04.46 Dorcus Inzikuru  Uganda
3000 m steeplechase 9:22.29 Justyna Bąk  Poland
High jump 2.01 m Monica Iagăr  Romania
Pole vault 4.61 m Svetlana Feofanova  Russia
Long jump 7.07 m Fiona May  Italy
Triple jump 14.34 m Fiona May  Italy
Shot put 20.02 m Vita Pavlysh  Ukraine
Discus throw 65.94 m Natalya Sadova  Russia
Hammer throw 72.54 m Mihaela Melinte  Romania
2000 m walk (track) 7:56.58 Panforova  Russia
3000 m walk (track) 11:57.80 Erica Alfridi  Italy
4×100 m relay ? Francesca Cola
Daniela Graglia
Manuela Grillo
Manuela Levorato

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 42 outdoor Meetings in 1999 IAAF Calendar - All Golden League Meets on a Wednesday. IAAF (1998-10-29). Retrieved on 2010-09-10.
  2. ^ Fiona May and Tim Montgomery to highlight the Notturna di Milano. IAAF (2003-05-28). Retrieved on 2010-09-10.
  3. ^ Gebreselassie eases back into competition. IAAF (2000-06-07). Retrieved on 2010-09-10.
  4. ^ Melinte suspended for two years for a doping offence. IAAF (2001-07-17). Retrieved on 2010-09-10.
  5. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2002-05-31). Bekele sets 13 minutes in his sights. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-09-10.
  6. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2008-07-01). Lebedeva the standout attraction in Milan made a return in 2008. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-09-10.
  7. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2008-03-07). Al-Gassra, Di Martino provide the highlights in Milan. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-09-10.
  8. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2009-06-26). Kipchoge charges to 12:56.46 world lead in Milan. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-09-10.
  9. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2010-09-10). Howe, Semenya, and Yenew highlight in Milan. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-09-10.
  10. ^ a b Diego Sampaolo (2010-09-10). "Howe, Semenya, and Yenew highlight in Milan". IAAF. Retrieved 2010-09-11.
  11. ^ a b "Teenager Aman ends Rudisha's win streak in rainy Milan". IAAF. 18 September 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
  12. ^ "800 Metres Results" (PDF). 18 September 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
  13. ^ "3000 Metres Results" (PDF). 18 September 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2011.

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