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Giovanni De Benedictis (born 8 January 1968 in Pescara) is a retired Italian race walker, that won 9 medals at individual level, 7 of these at senior level, at the International athletics competitions.[1] He participated at five editions of the Summer Olympics (from 1988 to 2004), this like only two others Italian athletes in track and field: the other racewalker champion Abdon Pamich and the sprinter Pietro Mennea.[2] He also won four medals at the IAAF World Race Walking Cup team events (Lugano Trophy).

Giovanni De Benedictis
Giovanni De Benedictis e Michele Didoni 1995.jpg
Giovanni De Benedictis (left) with his temmate Michele Didoni in 1995
Personal information
Full nameGiovanni Angelo Maria De Benedictis
Nickname(s)Gianni
NationalityItalian
Born (1968-01-08) January 8, 1968 (age 51)
Pescara, Italy
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight63 kg (139 lb)
Sport
CountryItaly Italy
SportAthletics
Event(s)Racewalking
ClubC.S. Carabinieri
Coached byMario De Benedictis
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • 3000 m walk: 10:47.11 (1990)
  • 10,000 m walk: 38:40.18 (1995)
  • 20 km walk: 1:20:29 (1991)
  • 30 km walk: 2:09:25 (2002)
  • 50 km walk: 3:48:06 (2002)

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BiographyEdit

Giovanni De Benedictis has won 28 times the individual national championship, third of all-time after Abdon Pamich (40) and Antonio Ambu (34).[3][4] He has 42 caps in seventeen years in national team from 1987 to 2004.[5]

In addition to the five Olympic Games, he participated in six World Outdoor Championships and two of the World Indoor, four editions of the European Outdoor Championships and five European Indoor, six editions of the World Race Walking Cup and four of the European Race Walking Cup.

World best performancesEdit

AchievementsEdit

Olympic Games
Year Competition Venue Position Event Time Notes
1988 Olympic Games   Seoul 9th 20 km 1:21:18 PB
1992 Olympic Games   Barcelona 3rd 20 km 1:23:11 SB
1996 Olympic Games   Atlanta 27th 20 km 1:25:22
2000 Olympic Games   Sydney 16th 20 km 1:23:14 SB
2004 Olympic Games   Athens DNF 50 km DSQ
World Championships
Year Competition Venue Position Event Time Notes
1991 World Championships   Tokyo 4th 20 km 1:20:29 PB
1993 World Championships   Stuttgart 2nd 20 km 1:23:06
1995 World Championships   Gothenburg DNF 50 km DSQ
1997 World Championships   Athens 8th 20 km 1:23:33
1999 World Championships   Sevilla 8th 20 km 1:25:33
2001 World Championships   Edmonton DNF 50 km Retired
World Indoor Championships
Year Competition Venue Position Event Time Notes
1989 World Indoor Championships   Budapest 5th 5000 m 18:40.87 NR
1991 World Indoor Championships   Seville 2nd 5000 m 18:23.60 NR
European Championships
Year Competition Venue Position Event Time Notes
1990 European Championships   Split 8th 20 km 1:24:51
1994 European Championships   Helsinki 4th 20 km 1:20:39 SB
1998 European Championships   Budapest 10th 20 km 1:25.06
2002 European Championships   Munich DNF 50 km DSQ
European Indoor Championships
Year Competition Venue Position Event Time Notes
1988 European Indoor Championships   Budapest 6th 5000 m 18:58.40
1989 European Indoor Championships   The Hague 3rd 5000 m 18:43.45
1990 European Indoor Championships   Glasgow 2nd 5000 m 19:02.90
1992 European Indoor Championships   Genoa 1st 5000 m 18:19.97
1994 European Indoor Championships   Paris DNF 5000 m NM [7]
World Race Walking Cup
Year Competition Venue Position Event Time Notes
1989 World Race Walking Cup   L'Hospitalet 14th 20 km 1:22:25 SB
1991 World Race Walking Cup   San Jose 5th 20 km 1:21:13 PB
1993 World Race Walking Cup   Monterrey 7th 20 km 1:25:09
1995 World Race Walking Cup   Beijing 12th 50 km 3:49:30
1997 World Race Walking Cup   Poděbrady 22nd 20 km 1:20:49 SB
2004 World Race Walking Cup   Naumburg 10th 50 km 3:54:25
European Race Walking Cup
Year Competition Venue Position Event Time Notes
1996 European Race Walking Cup   A Coruña 10th 20 km 1:23:21 SB
1998 European Race Walking Cup   Dudince DNF 20 km NM
2000 European Race Walking Cup   Eisenhüttenstadt 11th 20 km 1:21:43 SB
2001 European Race Walking Cup   Dudince 15th 50 km 3:54:12 SB
Others competitions
Year Competition Venue Position Event Time Notes
1985 European Junior Championships   Cottbus 3rd 10,000 m 42:56.80
1986 World Junior Championships   Athens 4th 10,000 m 41:06.95
1987 European Junior Championships   Birmingham 1st 10,000 m 39:44.71
1989 World Military Championships   Ostia 1st 20 km 1:24:21 [8]
1993 World Military Championships   Tours 1st 20 km [8]
1997 Mediterranean Games   Bari 1st 20 km 1:24:59

National titlesEdit

He won 28 times the national championships at senior level.[3][4]

Event Outdoor Indoor
20 km walk road 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001
50 km walk road 2004, 2006
10,000 metres walk track 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992,[9][10] 1993, 1995, 1997, 2002
5000 metres walk 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998
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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "PODIO INTERNAZIONALE DAL 1908 AL 2008 - UOMINI" (PDF). sportolimpico.it. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Annuario dell'Atletica 2009" (in Italian). www.giovannidebenedictis.it. Retrieved 18 August 2017. In particolare condivide questo record insieme ad altri due illustri campioni dell’atletica leggera italiana: Abdon Pamich e Pietro Mennea.
  3. ^ a b "CAMPIONATI "ASSOLUTI" – UOMINI TUTTI I CAMPIONI – 1906-2016" (PDF). sportolimpico.it. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  4. ^ a b "ITALIAN INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS". gbrathletics.com. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  5. ^ Annuario dell'Atletica 2009. FIDAL. 2009.
  6. ^ "World records and best performances, men's indoor". Athletics Weekly. Archived from the original on 21 Jul 2011. Retrieved 11 Jun 2011.
  7. ^ He was 8th with the time of 19:18.39 in qualification round.
  8. ^ a b "Annuario dell'Atletica 2009" (in Italian). www.giovannidebenedictis.it. Retrieved 18 August 2017. Campionati Mondiali Militari- Roma 1989: Medaglia d’oro sui 20Km; Campionati Mondiali Militari- Tours (FRA) 1993: Medaglia d’oro sui 10Km
  9. ^ The Italian title was won by Pietro Fiorini of G.S. Forestale, the sportolimpico.it web site, usually very accurate, reports an error attributed to De Benedictis. See note below.
  10. ^ "Titoli Italiani 1991 - 1995 - Gruppo Sportivo Forestale" (in Italian). grupposportivoforestale.it. p. 6. Retrieved 21 August 2017. Pietro FIORINI - Atletica leggera – 10km marcia - Bologna 1992

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