Paola Pigni

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Paola Pigni
Paola Pigni.jpg
Paola Pigni in 1972
Personal information
Nationality Italian
Born (1945-12-30) 30 December 1945 (age 72)
Milan, Italy
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 55 kg (121 lb)
Sport
Country Italy Italy
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Middle distance running
Club Snia Milano
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • 800 m: 2:01.95 (1975)
  • 1500 m: 4:02.85 (1972)

Paola Pigni, married Cacchi (born 30 December 1945) is a former athlete from Italy, who mainly competed in the middle-distance running and cross country running.[1] She won three gold medals at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships (included one before it was set up, in the 1970 at the International Cross Country Championships).[2]

Biography[edit]

Pigni competed for her native country at the 1972 Summer Olympics held in Munich, Germany, where she won the bronze medal in the women's 1500 m.[3]

She was the winner of the France version of the 1970 International Cross Country Championships. She followed this up by winning the first two women's titles at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in 1973 and 1974.[4]

World records[edit]

In an era when female middle distance was growing, Pigni established six world records (those recognized are signed with an asterisk).[5][6]

  • 5000 m: 16:17.4 (Italy Formia, 1 May 1969)
  • 5000 m: 15:53.6 (Italy Milan, 2 September 1969)
  • 1500 m: 4:12.4 (Italy Milan, 2 December 1969)*
  • 10000 m: 35:30.5 (Italy Milan, 9 May 1970)
  • 3000 m: 9:09.2 (Italy Formia, 11 May 1972)
  • Mile: 4:29.5 (Italy Viareggio, 8 August 1973)*

Achievemens[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Time Notes
1969 European Championships Greece Athens 3rd 1500 m 4:12:00 NR
1970 International Cross Country Championships France Vichy 1st 3 km 10:38.4
1972 Olympic Games West Germany Munich 3rd 1500 m 4:02:85 [7]
1973 World Cross Country Championships Belgium Waregem 1st 3.99 km 13:45.2
1974 World Cross Country Championships Italy Monza 1st 4 km 12:42

National titles[edit]

She won 19 national championships at senior level.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Italian middle-distance runner Paola Pigni at the Olympic Games". agefotostock.com. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "PODIO INTERNAZIONALE DAL 1908 AL 2008 UOMINI" (PDF). sportolimpico.it. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  3. ^ "Paola Pigni". Sports Reference. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  4. ^ International Cross Country Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2015-04-03.
  5. ^ "Paola Pigni (née Cacchi)". trackfield.brinkster.net. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Progression - Track and Field Statistics". trackfield.brinkster.net. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "OLYMPIC GAMES MEDALLISTS - ATHLETICS (WOMEN)". gbrathletics.com. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "CAMPIONATI "ASSOLUTI" – DONNE TUTTE LE CAMPIONESSE – 1923-2016" (PDF). sportolimpico.it. Retrieved 28 September 2017. 

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