Italy’s Fabrizio Donato destroys 23-year-old WR in M40 triple jump

Fabrizio won triple-jump bronze at London Games.

Fabrizio won triple-jump bronze at London Games.

At 1989 Eugene worlds, the great former UCLA Bruin Milan Tiff, 40, triple-jumped a world record 15.70 meters (51-6). That crushed the listed M40 WR of 15.06 (49-5) by Germany’s Michael Sauer in 1982. Four years after Milan’s massive hop-step-and-jump, another American — Ray Kimble — improved the WR to 16.58 (54-4¾). And there it stood, 23 years, until Tuesday. Buried in an IAAF report on the Palio della Quercia meeting in Rovereto was this astonishing news: “Italian triple jump veteran Fabrizio Donato returned to his best form when he leapt to 16.93m (55-6 1/2) on his third attempt, breaking the world masters M40 record. The 2012 Olympic bronze medallist was beaten by France’s Harold Correa, who jumped 16.98m in the fifth round.” Fabrizio said: “This performance motivates me to continue next year. I still enjoy competing and I feel that I could jump further this evening.” He’s been on our radar before, such as the London Games, where he won bronze at 35. What a wonderful record! Hope he gets credit.

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September 6, 2016

3 Responses

  1. Ken Stone - September 6, 2016

    Italian report:

    Results are here:

  2. Neil Carrington - September 6, 2016

    Amazing performance by Donato. A great inspiration as a masters athlete.

  3. Michael D Walker - September 8, 2016

    That would have placed him seventh at Rio. Amazing jumping!

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