Simona La Mantia

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Simona La Mantia
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Simona La Mantia (left)
Personal information
Born (1983-04-14) April 14, 1983 (age 36)
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Weight 64 kg (141 lb)
Country Italy Italy
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Triple jump
Club G.S. Fiamme Gialle
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Triple jump: 14.69 m (2005)

Simona La Mantia (born 14 April 1983 in Palermo) is an Italian triple jumper. Her best result at international senior level was a gold medal at the 2011 European Indoor Championships.


La Mantia's parents were both athletes: her mother Monica Mutschlechner was an 800 metres runner while her father Antonino La Mantia participated in the steeplechase.[1]

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.

She represented Italy at the 2004 Summer Olympics and the 2005 World Championships in Athletics. In the 2004 Summer Olympics, she achieved seventh place in the qualification round, 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.[2] That year she also won a silver medal at the 2010 European Athletics Championships followed by a win in the triple jump at the 2011 European Athletics Indoor Championships.

Since then she has competed at the 2013 World Championships and won the bronze medal at the 2013 European Indoor Championships.[3]

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. On 6 October 2012 she got married to Alessandro Tazzini.[4]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Italy
2002 World Junior Championships Jamaica Kingston 8th 12.91 m (wind: -1.2 m/s)
2003 European U23 Championships Poland Bydgoszcz 2nd 14.31 m (wind: 2.0 m/s)
World Championships France Paris 17th (q) 14.05 m
2004 World Indoor Championships Hungary Budapest 11th 14.14 m
Olympic Games Greece Athens 17th (q) 14.39 m
2005 European Indoor Championships Spain Madrid 8th 14.43 m
European U23 Championships Germany Erfurt 1st 14.43 m (wind: -0.6 m/s)
World Championships Finland Helsinki 14th (q) 14.00 m
2006 World Indoor Championships Russia Moscow 16th (q) 13.61 m
European Championships Sweden Gothenburg NM
2007 Universiade Thailand Bangkok 4th 13.87 m
2010 European Championships Spain Barcelona 2nd 14.56 m
2011 European Indoor Championships France Paris 1st 14.60 m
World Championships South Korea Daegu 15th (q) 14.06 m
2012 European Championships Finland Helsinki 4th 14.25 m
Olympic Games United Kingdom London 18th (q) 13.92 m
2013 European Indoor Championships Sweden Gothenburg 3rd 14.26 m Sport records icon SB.svg
2013 Mediterranean Games Turkey Mersin 4th 13.97 m

National championships

Simona La Mantia has won the individual national championship 12 times.[5][6]

  • 6 wins in the triple jump (2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012)
  • 6 wins in the triple jump indoor (2004, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)

See also


  1. Sampaolo, Diego (2011-06-27). 14.40m leap by La Mantia highlights Italian Champs. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-06-27.
  2. La Mantia bounds back into the spotlight. European Athletics (2010-05-07). Retrieved on 2010-05-22.
  3. "European Athletics - Event Website". Retrieved 2015-06-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Fiori d'arancio per Simona La Mantia" (in italian). Retrieved 3 March 2013. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. ""CAMPIONATI "ASSOLUTI" ITALIANE SUL PODIO TRICOLORE – 1923 2012" (PDF). Retrieved 19 February 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "ITALIAN INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS". Retrieved 19 February 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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