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Medal record

Sara Simeoni
Women's Athletics
Competitor for  Italy
Olympic Games
Gold 1980 Moscow High Jump
Silver 1976 Montreal High Jump
Silver 1984 Los Angeles High Jump

Sara Simeoni (born April 19, 1953) is an Italian former high jumper, who won a gold medal at the 1980 Summer Olympics and twice set a world record in the women's high jump.

Sara Simeoni was born in Rivoli Veronese, in the province of Verona. She soon took up athletics, specialising in the high jump. Her first international result was at the 1971 European Championships in Helsinki, where she ended 9th with a 178 cm jump.

Her first taste of international success was at the 1976 in Montreal, where she won a silver medal, with a personal best of 1.91 m, and was beaten only by Rosemarie Ackermann's 1.93 m leap.

In August 1978, she set the new world record with 2.01 m in Brescia (this jump stood as a national record until Antonietta Di Martino jumped 2.02 in June 2007). Later in the same month she equalled it at Prague while winning the European title. In 1980, Simeoni set a new Olympic record of 1.97 m, when winning gold in Moscow.

Simeoni struggled to regain her form in the following years, with a series of tendon injuries. At 1984 Olympics, Simeoni carried the Italian flag at the opening ceremony in Los Angeles. Here, she cemented her reputation as one of the greatest female high jumpers ever, in a thrilling duel with German Ulrike Meyfarth. Simeoni managed to reach the 2 meters measure for the first time since 1978. The ageing Meyfarth, however, replied with a notable 2.02 m jump, and Simeoni won a silver medal.

Simeoni's other titles include two bronze medals at the European Championships and 23 national titles. Her jump of 2.01 m was the Italian record for women for 29 years. The 8th of June 2007 Antonietta Di Martino jumped 2.02 meters, establishing the new Italian record for women. Sara Simeoni is widely considered one of the best Italian female athletes ever.

Achievements

Year Tournament Venue Result
1970 European Junior Championships 5th
1971 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 9th
1972 Olympic Games Munich, West Germany 6th
1973 European Indoor Championships Rotterdam, Netherlands 9th
1974 European Indoor Championships Göteborg, Sweden 11th
European Championships Rome, Italy 3rd
1975 European Indoor Championships Katowice, Poland 4th
Mediterranean Games Algiers, Algeria 1st
1976 Olympic Games Montreal, Canada 2nd
1977 European Indoor Championships San Sebastián, Spain 1st
Universiade Sofia, Bulgaria 1st
1978 European Indoor Championships Milan, Italy 1st
European Championships Prague, Czechoslovakia 1st
1979 Mediterranean Games Split, Croatia, Yugoslavia 1st
1980 European Indoor Championships Sindelfingen, West Germany 1st
Olympic Games Moscow, Soviet Union 1st
1981 European Indoor Championships Grenoble, France 1st
Universiade Bucharest, Romania 1st
1982 European Championships Athens, Greece 3rd
1983 World Championships Helsinki, Finland elimin. in qualif.
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 2nd
1986 European Championships Stuttgart, West Germany elimin. in qualif.
Records
Preceded by
East Germany Rosemarie Ackermann
Women's High Jump World Record Holder
August 4, 1978 – September 8, 1982
Succeeded by
West Germany Ulrike Meyfarth
Sporting positions
Preceded by
East Germany Rosemarie Ackermann
Women's High Jump Best Year Performance
1978
Succeeded by
East Germany Rosemarie Ackermann
Preceded by
East Germany Rosemarie Ackermann
Women's High Jump Best Year Performance
1980
Succeeded by
United States Pamela Spencer
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