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Di Martino in a G.S. Fiamme Gialle jersey.
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Personal information
Born (1978-06-01) 1 June 1978 (age 45)
Cava de' Tirreni, Italy
Height 1.69 m
Weight 57 kg
Sport Athletics
Event(s) High jump
Club G.S. Fiamme Gialle
Retired 2012
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • High jump: 2.04 m (2011)
  • Heptathlon: 5542 (2001)
Medal record
Event 1st 2nd 3rd
World Championships 0 1 2
World Indoor Championships 0 1 0
European Indoor Championships 1 1 0
Mediterranean Games 1 0 0
European Cup (Super League) 1 1 1
World Championships
Silver 2007 Osaka High jump
Bronze 2009 Berlin High jump
Bronze 2011 Daegu High jump
World Indoor Championships
Silver 2012 Istanbul High jump
European Indoor Championships
Gold 2011 Paris High jump
Silver 2007 Birmingham High jump
European Cup
Gold 2010 Bergen High jump
Silver 2008 Annecy High jump
Bronze 2009 Leiria High jump
Mediterranean Games
Gold 2009 Pescara High jump

Antonietta Di Martino (born 1 June 1978) is a retired Italian high jumper. She currently holds the Italian national women's high jump record at 2.03 metres for outdoor events and 2.04 metres for indoor events. She also currently holds the women's all-time highest jump-differential, meaning she has jumped the highest (0.35 metres) more than her own height.

Her first significant international achievement was winning silver medal at the 2007 European Indoor Championships in Birmingham. In the same year, she won the silver medal at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka. After a disappointing Olympics in Beijing, she won her first gold medal at the European Indoor Championships in 2011 in Paris and the bronze medal at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu. In 2012, she won another silver medal at the World Indoor Championships.


Early years (1990–2001)

Di Martino was born in Cava de' Tirreni. Her athletics history began at the age of 12 at the Youth Games, which highlighted her beginnings. Coincidentally, the high jump was not her first specialty. For much of her youth, she practiced the javelin throw and continued trying for multiple disciplines. She debuted in the national team for heptathlon in the European Cup in 2001.

Early achievements (2001–2006)

Her skills as a high jumper were first discovered in July 2001, during the Italian Championship in Catania when her jump raised her personal best from 1.93 to 1.98 meters, thus equalling the personal best of accomplished Italian high-jumper Antonella Bevilacqua. A month later, she was able to reach the world finals where she finished twelfth at the 2001 World Championships in Edmonton. In 2006, she finished fifth at the World Indoor Championships in Moscow and tenth at the European Championships in Gothenburg.

The Golden year - 2007

In February 2007, she cleared 2.00 metres in Banská Bystrica, breaking Sara Simeoni's previous Italian indoor record of 1.98 m. She followed this up with a silver medal at the 2007 European Indoor Championships, where she jumped 1.96 m.

Di Martino also won the silver medal at 2007 World Championships, having jumped 2.03 m. Her 2008 season was not so successful and she managed only the tenth position at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and closed the year carrying a serious toe injury, making her consider retiring from the sport.

Her return (2009–2012)

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Di Martino in action at ISTAF (2010)

In September 2009, she changed coach and a resurgence in her form. She won the Italian Indoor Championships, but illness ruled her out of the 2009 European Indoor Championships a few months later. She took bronze at the 2009 European Team Championships and soon after, she beat Blanka Vlašić to win the Golden Gala meeting, jumping 2.00 m in Rome. She cleared 1.99 m at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, securing a fourth-place finish. She capped off the year with a bronze at the final edition of the World Athletics Final.

Antonietta Di Martino won the gold medal at the 2010 European Team Championships, but did not even pass the qualifying round at the 2010 European Athletics Championships. She rebounded at the start of the 2011 season, jumping to an Italian indoor record of 2.04 m in Banská Bystrica in Slovakia. She continued with her good form in March by winning the European Indoor Championship in Paris with 2.01 m.

Records and achievements

Her personal best outdoor jump is 2.03 metres, achieved on 24 June 2007, in Milan by surpassing her own previous Italian record of 2.02 m, while her best indoor result came at an indoor high jump meeting in Slovakia on 9 February 2011 with a new national record of 2.04 m. Standing at only 1.69 m, this jump is the unofficial women's world record for the highest jump over her own height (at 35 cm). Di Martino used to be active in heptathlon, achieving a personal best of 5542 points (2001).

Missing the 2012 Summer Olympics

Di Martino suffered an injury on her knee in April 2012, just four months before the Olympic Games. She was forced to temporarily stop training. However, the National Athletics Federation (FIDAL) underestimate the nature of the injury, which was diagnosed in the three weeks of rehabilitation. But less than a month before the Olympics, they learned that the injury was more serious than expected, forcing her to undergo surgery, ruling her out of London. Her knee surgery was performed just a few days before the race in the Olympics high jump.

Her coach in an interview, accused the FIDAL have underestimated the nature of the injury and failing to ensure an athlete who has contributed immensely to Italian sport the right care at the time of rehabilitation.

National records

  • High jump outdoor: 2.03 m (Italy Milan, 24 June 2007 and Japan Osaka, 2 September 2007) - current holder
  • High jump indoor: 2.04 m (Slovakia Banská Bystrica, 9 February 2009) - current holder


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Di Martino celebrates her silver medal at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka
2012 IAAF World Indoor by Mardetanha3186
The podium of 2012 World Indoor Championships in Istanbul

Amtonietta Di Martino made 12 career jumps over 2.00 m (bolded in the table).

Year Competition Venue Position Event Measure Note
2001 World Championships Canada Edmonton 12th High jump 1,85 m
2006 World Indoor Championships Russia Moscow 5th High jump 1,96 m
European Championships Sweden Gothenburg 10th High jump 1,92 m
2007 European Indoor Championships United Kingdom Birmingham 2nd High jump 1,96 m
World Championships Japan Ozaka 2nd High jump 2,03 m Sport records icon NR.svg
2008 World Indoor Championships Spain Valencia 10th High jump 1,93 m
European Cup France Annecy 2nd High jump 1,95 m
Olympic Games China Beijing 7th High jump 1.93 m
2009 European Team Championships Portugal Leiria 3d High jump 2,00 m
Mediterranean Games Italy Pescara 1st High jump 1,97 m
World Championships Germany Berlin 3rd High jump 1,99 m
2010 European Team Championships Norway Bergen 1st High jump 2,00 m
Diamond League 2nd High jump details
2011 European Indoor Championships France Paris 1st High jump 2,01 m
World Championships South Korea Daegu 3d High jump 2,00 m
2012 World Indoor Championships Turkey Istanbul 2nd High jump 1,95 m

Others meetings and championships

Year Competition Venue Position Event Measure Note
2006 British Grand Prix England Gateshead 3rd High jump 1,94 m
Golden Gala Italy Rome 11th High jump 1,80 m
Memorial Van Damme Belgium Brussels 5th High jump 1,95 m
2007 Europa SC High Jump Slovakia Banská Bystrica 2nd High jump 2,00 m
Memorial Primo Nebiolo Italy Torino 1st High jump 2,02 m Sport records icon NR.svg
Bislett Games Norway Oslo 6th High jump 1,90 m
European Cup (first league) Italy Milano 1st High jump 2,03 m Sport records icon NR.svg
IAAF World Athletics Final Germany Stuttgart 2nd High jump 1,97 m
2009 Golden Gala Italy Rome 1st High jump 2,00 m
IAAF World Athletics Final Greece Thessaloniki 3rd High jump 1,97 m
2010 Golden Gala Italy Rome 2nd High jump 1,95 m
Italian Athletics Championships Italy Grosseto 1st High jump 2,01 m
2011 Europa SC High Jump Slovakia Banska Bystrica 1st High jump 2,04 m Sport records icon NR.svg
Spanish Athletics Championships Spain Málaga 1st High jump 2,00 m
Rieti Meeting Italy Rieti 1st High jump 1,96 m

National championships

Antonietta Di Martino has won the individual national championship 10 times.

  • 6 wins in High jump outdoor (2000, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010)
  • 4 wins in High jump indoor (2003, 2006, 2007, 2009)


Antonietta Di Martino ranked 15 times in the top 25 of the world for the season list. Her 2.04 m indoor is also the 8th best performance of all-time.

High Jump Differentials

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Antonietta Di Martino at the 2009 World Championships high jump final.

All time lists of athletes with the highest recorded jumps above their own height.

Athlete Born Tall Jump Year Diff.
1 Italy Antonietta Di Martino 1978 1.69 2.04i 2011 0.35
2 Sweden Kajsa Bergqvist 1976 1.75 2.08i 2006 0.33
Greece Niki Bakoyianni 1968 1.70 2.03 1998
4 United States Yolanda Henry 1964 1.68 2.00i 1990 0.32
Bulgaria Emilia Dragieva 1965 1.68 2.00i 1987
6 France Marie Collonvillé 1973 1.63 1.94 1997 0.31

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