Francesco Panetta

Francesco Panetta (born 10 January 1963 in Siderno) is a former Italian long-distance runner, who won several medals at international championships in the 1980s.

Francesco Panetta
Francesco Panetta 1987.jpg
Personal information
Born (1963-01-10) 10 January 1963 (age 58)
Siderno, Italy
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight64 kg (141 lb)
CountryItaly Italy
Event(s)Long distance running
ClubPro Patria Milano
Coached byGiorgio Rondelli
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • 3000 m st: 8:08.57 (1987)
  • 5000 m: 13:06.76 (1994)
  • 10000 m: 27:24.16 (1989)


Panetta's greatest achievement was the victory at the 1987 World Championships in the 3000m steeplechase in Rome.

In the previous year Panetta won a silver medal at the 1986 European Championships in Stuttgart, only narrowly losing to the East German runner Hagen Melzer.

At the 1988 Olympic Games, Panetta finished ninth in the 3000m steeplechase.

Panetta won a gold medal in the 3000m steeplechase at the 1990 European Championships in Split.

Throughout his career, Panetta set several Italian records (including 3000m and 10000m). In 1987 he ran the 3000m steeplechase in 8:08.57 min which is the current Italian national record.

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