Claudia Testoni

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Claudia Testoni
Personal information
Nationality Italian
Born (1915-12-19)December 19, 1915
Bologna, Italy
Died 17 July 1998(1998-07-17) (aged 78)
Cagliari, Italy
Country Italy Italy
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Sprint
Long jump
Club SEF Virtus Bologna
Venchi Unica Torino
Retired 1941
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • 80 m hs: 11.3 (1939)
  • 100 m: 12.9 (1939)
  • 200 m: 25.5 (1937)
  • High jump: 1.54 m (1936)
  • Long jump: 5.65 m (1937)
  • Shot put: 10.35 m (1936)

Claudia Testoni (19 December 1915 – 17 July 1998), was an Italian hurdler, sprinter and long jumper. She was European champion, in 1938, on 80 metres hurdles. She was born in Bologna and died in Cagliari.


Testoni is one of the 38 athletes included in the FIDAL Hall of Fame (list of Italian athletes who have won at least one gold medal at the Olympic Games, World Championships or European Championships, or who have achieved a world record).[1]

She was 4th at the 1936 Summer Olympics in two events. From 1931 to 1940 she has 17 caps in the Italian national athletics team. In the 1930s was celebrated her rivalry with compatriot Ondina Valla (the winner in Berlin 1936), after a thrilling final, resolved by a photo finish, and the same place in the 4 × 100 m relay. It is said that the disappointment over the Olympic fourth place was so great, that from that moment on she turned her back to her friend and rival Ondina; other sources, however, report letters in which the two friends showed renewed demonstrations of affection.

She was the world record holder in the 80 m hurdles event, until in 1942 it was taken away by Fanny Blankers-Koen.[2] Her son-in-law, Claudio Velluti, was a professional basketball player of Olimpia Milano.[3]

World record

Personal best

  • 100 metres: 12"09 (1939)
  • 80 metres hurdles: 11"3 (1939)


Year Competition Venue Position Event Performance Note
1936 Olympic Games Germany Berlin 4th 80 metres hurdles 11.7 Olympic record =
Heat 100 metres -
4th 4 × 100 m relay 48.7 [4]
1938 European Championships Germany Vienna 1st 80 metres hurdles 11"6 World record

National championships

Claudia Testoni has won the Italian Athletics Championships 19 times in various specialties.[5]

See also


  1. "Hall of Fame". Retrieved 13 April 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Women's 80/100 Meters Hurdles - Del's Athletics Almanac". athletics.hitsites.deaccessdate=24 October 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Compie settant'anni e va in pensione lo storico direttore della Clinica ortopedica dell'Università Claudio Velluti, una vita da migliore in campo" (in italian). Retrieved 24 October 2012.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. The Italian relay team ruun 48.6 in semifinal.
  5. "ITALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS". Retrieved 13 April 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Preceded by
Germany Lisa Gelius
80 metres hs World Record Holder
23 July 1939 - 20 September 1942
Succeeded by
Netherlands Fanny Blankers-Koen