Simona La Mantia

Simona La Mantia

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Simona La Mantia (born 14 April 1983 in Palermo) is an Italian triple jumper. She represented Italy at the 2004 Summer Olympics and the 2005 World Championships in Athletics. After a few years of injuries, she returned to form with a silver medal at the 2010 European Athletics Championships and a win in the triple jump at the 2011 European Athletics Indoor Championships.

Her personal best jump is 14.69 metres, achieved in May 2005 in her hometown Palermo. In addition she has 6.48 m in the long jump.

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La Mantia's parents were both athletes in their prime: her mother Monica Mutschlechner was an 800 metres runner while her father Antonino La Mantia participated in the steeplechase.Sampaolo, Diego (2011-06-27). . IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-06-27.Her first successes came the European Athletics U23 Championships, where she won silver in the triple jump in 2003, and improved to win the gold medal in 2005.

Participating in the 2004 Summer Olympics, she achieved seventh place in the qualification round, thus failing to secure qualification to the final. The exact same thing happened at the 2005 World Championships. She struggled with injuries over the following years but regained form in May 2010, jumping over 14 metres for the first time in four years.. European Athletics (2010-05-07). Retrieved on 2010-05-22. She won the silver medal in the 2010 European Championships in Barcelona.

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