Annarita Sidoti

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Annarita Sidoti
Personal information
Nationality Italian
Born25 July 1969 (1969-07-25) [nb]
Gioiosa Marea, Italy
Died21 May 2015 (2015-05-22) (aged 45)
Gioiosa Marea, Italy
Height 1.50 m (4 ft 11 in)
Weight 42 kg (93 lb)
Country Italy Italy
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Race walk
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • 10 km: 41:46 (1994)
  • 20 km: 1:28:38 (2000)

Annarita Sidoti (25 July 1969 [nb] – 21 May 2015) was an Italian race walker.



Annarita Sidoti was born in Gioiosa Marea. She won eleven medals at senior level in international competition. [1] She participated at three editions of the Summer Olympics (1992, 1996, 2000), and earned 47 caps in fifteen years in the national team from 1987 to 2002. [2]

She appeared in the film Le complici (1998) by director Emanuela Piovano, in which she played a prostitute. [3]


She died in May 2015 in Gioiosa Marea, Italy, of metastatic breast cancer, which had spread to her liver and brain. She was 45 years old. [nb] [4] [5]

International competitions

Representing   Italy
1988 World Junior Championships Sudbury, Canada 4th5000m 22:36.47
1989 World Race Walking Cup L'Hospitalet, Spain 8th10 km44:59
1990 European Indoor Championships Glasgow, United Kingdom3rd3000 m12:27.94
European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 1st10 km 44:00
1991 World Student Games Buffalo, United States 3rd10 km45:10
World Race Walking Cup San Jose, United States 9th10 km45:28
World Championships Tokyo, Japan 9th10 km44:18
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 7th 10 km 45:23
1993 World Race Walking Cup Monterrey, Mexico 7th10 km46:14
World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 9th10 km44:13
1994 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 1st3000 m 11:54.32
European Championships Helsinki, Finland 2nd10 km 42:43
1995 World Race Walking Cup Beijing, PR China 8th10 km43:55
World Student Games Fukuoka, Japan 1st10 km 43:22
World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 13th 10 km 44:06
1996 European Race Walking Cup A Coruña, Spain 1st10 km43:26
Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 11th 10 km 43:57
1997 Mediterranean Games Bari, Italy 2nd10 km45:35
World Championships Athens, Greece 1st 10,000m 42:55.49
World Student Games Catania, Italy 3rd10 km 44:38
1998 European Championships Budapest, Hungary 1st 10 km 42:49
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 20 km DNF
2000 European Race Walking Cup Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany 5th20 km1:28:38
Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 20 km DNF
2001 European Race Walking Cup Dudince, Slovakia 11th20 km1:31:43
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 8th 20 km 1:31:40
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 8th 20 km 1:31:19

National titles

She won ten times at the Italian Athletics Championships. [6] [7]

See also


nb Sources give her age at death as 44, but this is contradicted by widespread record of her year of birth as 1969 throughout the entirely of her career (by international and national athletics federations and Olympic scholars) and before publication of her death. [8] [9] [10]


  1. "PODIO INTERNAZIONALE DAL 1908 AL 2008 – DONNE" (PDF). Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  2. Annuario dell'Atletica 2009. FIDAL. 2009.
  3. "Anna Rita, piccola grande donna d'oro" (in Italian). Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  4. 1997 world race walking champion Sidoti dies,, 22 May 2015; retrieved 28 June 2015.
  5. Atletica in lutto: è morta Annarita Sidoti. La Gazzetta Dello Sport, 21 May 2015; retrieved 28 June 2015.
  6. ""CAMPIONATI "ASSOLUTI" ITALIANE SUL PODIO TRICOLORE – 1923 2012" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 December 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  7. "ITALIAN INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS". Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  8. Italian race-walking chamption Annarita Sidoti dies at 44 (sic),; accessed 21 May 2015.
  9. Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Annarita Sidoti". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC.
  10. Annarita Sidoti,; retrieved 28 June 2015.
Preceded by
Angela Bandini
Italian Sportswoman of the Year
Succeeded by
Giovanna Trillini