Salvatore Antibo

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Salvatore Antibo
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Personal information
Nickname(s)Antilope di Altofonte
Born (1962-02-07) 7 February 1962 (age 58)
Altofonte, Italy
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight52 kg (115 lb)
CountryItaly Italy
Event(s)Long distance running
ClubG.S. Fiamme Oro
CUS Palermo
Coached byGaspare Polizzi
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • 5000 m: 13:05.59 (1990) Sport records icon NR.svg
  • 10000 m: 27:16.50 (1989) Sport records icon NR.svg

Salvatore Antibo (born 7 February 1962) is a former long distance runner from Italy.

He won nine medals at the International athletics competitions.[1] but curiously, he never won national championship (not outdoor, not indoor).[2][3]


Antibo was born on 7 February 1962 in Altofonte, within the province of Palermo (Sicily).[4]

He revealed as a consistent middle distance runner in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, when he arrived fourth in the 10,000 m final. His national popularity was however overshadowed by his compatriot Alberto Cova, who won the gold medal. After a bronze medal at the 1986 European Championships, behind Stefano Mei and again Cova, he gained the status of Italian number one winning the silver medal over 10,000 m at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.[4]

At the 1990 European Championships in Athletics in Split he was victorious over both 10,000 m and 5000 m, becoming one of the most popular sportsmen in his country. He was famous for his unorthodox tactics. In Split, he won the 10,000 m through front-running and the 5000 m with a sprint on the final straight.

In the 10,000 m final at the 1991 World Championships in Athletics in Tokyo, Antibo finished twentieth and last, losing to, for example, Moses Tanui, Richard Chelimo and Khalid Skah. He ran well during the first half of the race, but he slowed down radically during the second half (see, for example, "World Athletics Championships in Tokio 1991" (Yleisurheilun MM-kisat Tokiossa 1991), The Runner magazine (Juoksija-lehti), Helsinki, 1991). It was eventually revealed that such sudden absences during the races were related to a form of epilepsy.[5]

He retreated from professional athletics after his return from the 1992 Summer Olympics for a seizure in his last run.

National records[edit]

  • 5000 metres: 13:05.59 (Italy Bologna, 18 July 1990) - current holder
  • 10,000 metres: 27:16.50 (Finland Helsinki, 29 June 1989) - 6 October 2019

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Podio Internazionale dal 1908 al 2008 - Uomini" [International Podium from 1908 to 2008 - Men] (PDF). (in Italian). Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Campionati "Assoluti" Italiani sul Podio Tricolore – 1906 2012" [Championships "Absolutes" Italian on the Tricolore Podium - 1906 2012] (PDF). (in Italian). Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 December 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Italian Indoor Championships". Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Salvatore Antibo Biography and Statistics". Retrieved 18 July 2009.
  5. ^ "Antibo una vita di corsa" [Antibo life racing]. (in Italian). 3 December 2000. Retrieved 5 January 2013.

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