Venanzio Ortis

Venanzio Ortis (born 29 January 1955) is an Italian retired long-distance runner who won two medals at the 1978 European Championships.

Venanzio Ortis
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Venanzio Ortis with the two medal won at the 1978 European Championships
Personal information
Born (1955-01-29) 29 January 1955 (age 65)
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight64 kg (141 lb)
CountryItaly Italy
Event(s)Long-distance running
ClubG.S. Fiamme Oro
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • 5000 m: 13:19.19 (1978)
  • 10,000 m: 27:31.48 (1978)


Ortis was born in Paluzza, province of Udine. He started racing in 1969 (for a period he also practiced cross-country skiing), and later won the Italian junior titles in the 1000 and 3000 m races. On 16 August 1978, aged 23, he set a new Italian record in the 5000 m at the Weltklasse Zürich, obtaining a third place behind Henry Rono and Markus Ryffel. In the fast 10,000-metre race of the 1978 European Athletics Championships, held in Prague two weeks later, he broke 28 minutes for the first time while finishing second in 27 minutes 31.48 seconds, just four one-hundredths of a second ahead of Aleksandr Antipov of the Soviet Union, and half a second behind Finland's Martti Vainio (see, for example, Tapio Pekola et al., eds., EM-Praha 1978 (European Championships in Prague 1978), Kaarina, Finland: Juoksija-lehti (Runner Magazine), 1978). In the slow and tactical 5,000-metre final, he managed to squeeze through the narrow space between Ryffel and the Soviet Union's Aleksandr Fedotkin to sprint to the lead and win by 0.1 seconds. He missed the 1980 Moscow Olympics due to injury. His last major international track race was the 1981 IAAF World Cup event in Rome, where he placed fourth in 10,000. Plagued by physical problems, Ortis retired in 1983.

He is the cousin of the Italian cross-country skier Manuela Di Centa.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Time Notes
1974 World Junior Cross Country Championships   Monza 2nd Junior race
1976 World Cross Country Championships   Chepstow 14th Individual race 35:36
5th Long course team 224 pts
Olympic Games   Montreal Heat 5000 m 13:52.40
1978 European Championships   Prague 1st 5000 m 13:28.52
2nd 10,000 m 27:31.48
1983 World Cross Country Championships   Gateshead 7th Long course team

National titlesEdit

He won five times the national championships at senior level.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "CAMPIONATI "ASSOLUTI" – UOMINI TUTTI I CAMPIONI – 1906-2016" (PDF). Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  2. ^ "ITALIAN INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS". Retrieved 22 August 2017.

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