27 FEB 2008 General News

Collio and Di Martino main Italian hopes in Valencia

Antonietta Di Martino of Italy celebrates winning the silver medal in the High Jump Final (Getty Images)Antonietta Di Martino of Italy celebrates winning the silver medal in the High Jump Final (Getty Images) © Copyright

Thirteen Italian athletes have been capped by the Technical Director of the Italian Athletics Federation Nicola Silvaggi for the 12th edition of the IAAF World Championships in Valencia.

The major hopes are carried by fresh Italian 60 metres record holder Simone Collio (6.55 in Valencia) and by last year’s world High Jump silver medallist Antonietta Di Martino (national outdoor record holder with 2.03m).

Also in the small team are three reigning European indoor championships medallists from last year: Cosimo Caliandro (gold in the men’s 3000 metres), Assunta Legnante (gold in the women’s shot put) and Silvia Weissteiner (bronze in the women’s 3000 metres).

The team
Men:

60: Fabio Cerutti, Simone Collio
800: Lukas Rifesser
1500: Christian Obrist 
3000: Cosimo Caliandro
Alto/HJ: Filippo Campioli
Triplo/TJ: Fabrizio Donato

Women: 
800: Elisa Cusma 
3000: Silvia Weissteiner 
60hs: Micol Cattaneo
Alto/HJ: Antonietta Di Martino
Peso/SP: Assunta Legnante, Chiara Rosa

Diego Sampaolo for the IAAF