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Antonietta Di Martino (born 1 June 1978 in Cava de' Tirreni) is an Italian high jumper. She currently holds the Italian national women's high jump record at 2.03 metres for outdoor events and 2.04 metres for indoor events. She also currently holds the women's all-time highest jump-differential, meaning she has jumped the highest (0.35 metres) more than her own height.

Her first significant international achievement was winning silver medal at the 2007 European Indoor Championships in Birmingham. In the same year, she won the silver medal at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka. After a disappointing Olympics in Beijing, she won her first gold medal at the European Indoor Championships in 2011 in Paris and the bronze medal at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu. In 2012 she won another silver medal at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul. In September 2009, she married Massimiliano Di Matteo, who also has been acting as her coach since marriage.

Biography[edit]Edit

Early years (1990-2001)[edit]Edit

Her athletics history began at the age of 12 years at the Youth Games, which highlighted her early beginnings. Coincidentally, the high jump was not her first specialty. For much of her youth, she practiced the javelin throw and continued trying for multiple disciplines. She first debuted in the national team for heptathlon in the European Cup in 2001.

Early achievements(2001-2006)[edit]Edit

Her skills as a high jumper were first discovered in July 2001, during the Italian Championship in Catania when her jump raised her personal best from 1.93 to 1.98 meters, thus equalling the personal best of accomplished Italina high-jumper Antonella Bevilacqua. A month later, she was able to reach the world finals where she finished twelfth at the 2001 World Championships inEdmonton. In 2006, she finished fifth at the World Indoor Championships in Moscow and tenth at the European Championships in Gothenburg.

The Golden year - 2007[edit]Edit

In February 2007, she cleared 2.00 metres in Banská Bystrica, breaking Sara Simeoni's previous Italian indoor record of 1.98 m. She followed this up with a silver medal at the 2007 European Indoor Championships,[2] where she jumped 1.96 m.

Di Martino also won the silver medal at 2007 World Championships, having jumped 2.03 m. Her 2008 season was not so successful and she managed only the tenth position at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and closed the year carrying a serious toe injury, making her consider retiring from the sport.

Her return (2009-2012)Edit

In September 2009, she changed coaches, leaving Davide Sessa for husband Massimiliano Di Matteo and this marked a resurgence in her form. She won the Italian Indoor Championships, but illness ruled her out of the 2009 European Indoor Championships a few months later. She tookbronze at the 2009 European Team Championships and soon after, she beat Blanka Vlašić to win the Golden Gala meeting, jumping 2.00 m in Rome. She cleared 1.99 m at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, securing a fourth place finish. She capped off the year with a bronze at the final edition of the World Athletics Final and married her new coach Di Matteo.

Antonietta Di Martino won the gold medal at the 2010 European Team Championships, but did not even pass the qualifying round at the 2010 European Athletics Championships. She rebounded at the start of the 2011 season, jumping to an Italian indoor record of 2.04 m in Banská Bystrica in Slovakia. She continued with her good form in March by winning the European Indoor Championship in Paris with 2.01 m.

Records and achievements[edit]Edit

Her personal best outdoor jump is 2.03 metres, achieved on 24 June 2007, in Milan by surpassing her own previous Italian record of 2.02 m, while her best indoor result came at an indoor high jump meeting in Slovakia on 9 February 2011 with a new national record of 2.04 m. Standing at only 1.69 m, this jump is the unofficial women's world record for the highest jump over her own height (at 35 cm). Di Martino used to be active in heptathlon, achieving a personal best of 5542 points (2001).

Missing the 2012 Summer Olympics[edit]Edit

Di Martino suffered an injury on her knee in April 2012, just four months before the Olympic Games. She was forced to stop training for a period of time. However, the National Athletics Federation (FIDAL) underestimate the nature of the injury, which was diagnosed in the three weeks of rehabilitation. But less than a month before the Olympics, they came to know that the injury was more serious than expected, forcing her to undergo surgery, ruling her out of London. Her knee surgery was performed just a few days before the race in the Olympics high jump.

Her husband and coach Massimiliano Di Matteo, in an interview, accused the FIDAL have underestimated the nature of the injury and failing to ensure an athlete who has contributed immensely to Italian sport the right care at the time ofrehabilitation.

National records[edit]Edit

  • High jump outdoor: 2.03 m ([1] Milan, 24 June 2007 and [2] Osaka, 2 September 2007) - current holder
  • High jump indoor: 2.04 m ([3] Banská Bystrica, 9 February 2009) - current holder

Picture GalleryEdit

Amtonietta Di Martino made 12 career jumps over 2.00 m (bolded in the table).

Year Competition Venue Position Event Measure Note
2001 World Championships [4]

Edmonton

12th High jump 1,85 m
2006 World Indoor Championships [5]

Moskow

5th High jump 1,96 m
European Championships [6]

Göteborg

10th High jump 1,92 m
2007 European Indoor Championships [7]

Birmingham

2nd High jump 1,96 m [10]
World Championships [8]

Ozaka

2nd High jump 2,03 m [9]
2008 World Indoor Championships [10]

Valencia

10th High jump 1,93 m
European Cup [11]

Annecy

2nd High jump 1,95 m
Olympic Games [12]

Beijing

10th High jump 1.93 m
2009 European Team Championships [13]

Leiria

3d High jump 2,00 m
Mediterranean Games [14]

Pescara

1st High jump 1,97 m
World Championships [15]

Berlin

4th High jump 1,99 m
2010 European Team Championships [16]

Bergen

1st High jump 2,00 m
2011 European Indoor Championships [17]

Paris

1st High jump 2,01 m
World Championships [18]

Daegu

3d High jump 2,00 m
2012 World Indoor Championships [19]

Istanbul

2nd High jump 1,95 m

Others meetings and championships[edit]Edit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Measure Note
2006 British Grand Prix [20]

Gateshead

3rd High jump 1,94 m
Golden Gala [21]

Rome

11th High jump 1,80 m
Memorial Van Damme [22]

Bruxelles

5th High jump 1,95 m
2007 Europa SC High Jump [23]

Banská Bystrica

2nd High jump 2,00 m
Memorial Primo Nebiolo [24]

Torino

1st High jump 2,02 m [25]
Bislett Games [26]

Oslo

6th High jump 1,90 m
European Cup (first league) [27]

Milano

1st High jump 2,03 m [28]
IAAF World Athletics Final [29]

Stuttgart

2nd High jump 1,97 m
2009 Golden Gala [30]

Rome

1st High jump 2,00 m
IAAF World Athletics Final [31]

Thessaloniki

3rd High jump 1,97 m
2010 Golden Gala [32]

Rome

2nd High jump 1,95 m
Italian Athletics Championships [33]

Grosseto

1st High jump 2,01 m
2011 Europa SC High Jump [34]

Banska Bystrica

1st High jump 2,04 m [35]
Spanish Athletics Championships [36]

Málaga

1st High jump 2,00 m
Rieti Meeting [37]

Rieti

1st High jump 1,96 m

National championships[edit]Edit

Antonietta Di Martino has won the individual national championship 10 times.

  • 6 wins in High jump outdoor (2000, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010)
  • 4 wins in High jump indoor (2003, 2006, 2007, 2009)

Progression[edit]Edit

Antonietta Di Martino ranked 15 times in the top 25 of the world for the season list. Her 2.04 m indoor is also the 8th best performance of all-time.

;Outdoor
Year Performance Venue Date World Rank
2011 2.00 [38]

Daegu

03 Sep 3
2.00 [39]

Málaga

07 Aug
2010 2.01 [40]

Grosseto

30 Jun 4
2009 2.00 [41]

Rome

10 Jul 6
2.00 [42]

Leiria

21 Jun
2008 1.97 [43]

Milan

02 Jul 15
2007 2.03 [44]

Osaka

02 Sep 2
2.03 [45]

Milan

24 Jun
2006 1.94 [46]

London

28 Jul 14
1.94 [47]

Gateshead

11 Jun
2005 1.90 [48]

Marano

21 May
2004 1.86 [49]

Rome

15 May
2003 1.90 [50]

Barcelona

11 Jul
2002 1.91 [51]

Desenzano del Garda

11 May
2001 1.98 [52]

Catania

07 Jul 8
2000 1.88 [53]

Matera

20 Sep
;Indoor
Year Performance Venue Date World Rank
2012 1.95 [54]

Istanbul

10 Mar 8
1.95 [55]

Istanbul

09 Mar
2011 2.04 [56]

Banská Bystrica

09 Feb 1
2009 1.96 [57]

Turin

21 Feb 8
2008 1.97 [58]

Stockholm

21 Feb 12
2007 2.00 [59]

Banská Bystrica

13 Feb 4
2006 1.96 [60]

Moskow

12 Mar 8
2003 1.96 [61]

Birmingham

21 Feb 18
2001 1.90 [62]

Genoa

21 Jan 24

High Jump Differentials[edit]Edit

All time lists of athletes with the highest recorded jumps above their own height.

Athlete Born Tall Jump Year Diff.
1 [63]

Antonietta Di Martino

1978 1.69 2.04i 2011 0.35
2 [64]

Kajsa Bergqvist

1976 1.75 2.08i 2006 0.33
[65]

Niki Bakoyianni

1968 1.70 2.03 1998
4 [66]

Yolanda Henry

1964 1.68 2.00i 1990 0.32
[67]

Emilia Dragieva

1965 1.68 2.00ì 1987
6 [68]

Marie Collonvillé

1973 1.63 1.94 1997 0.31
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