Fiona May

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Fiona May
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Personal information
Nationality Italian
Born (1969-12-12) 12 December 1969 (age 50)
Slough, England
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight60 kg (132 lb)
Sport
Country Italy
SportAthletics
Event(s) Long jump
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)7.11 m (1998) Sport records icon NR.svg

Fiona May Iapichino (born 12 December 1969 in Slough, England) is a retired British-born Italian track and field athlete who competed in the long jump. She won the World Championships twice and two Olympic silver medals. Her personal best jump was 7.11 metres, which was her silver medal result at the 1998 European Championships.

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Biography

She also competed briefly in triple jump, and her career best of 14.65 metres from 1998 was good enough to place fifth in the world that season. [1] May originally competed for Great Britain, but married Gianni Iapichino and became an Italian citizen in 1994. Iapichino, a former pole vaulter whose best achievements were a fifth and sixth place at the European Indoor Championships in 1992 and 1994, [2] was her coach as well. May gave birth to a daughter in 2002, and missed the whole season as a result. Her last significant competition was the 2005 World Championships, where she failed to reach the final. [3]

May attended Leeds Trinity & All Saints College, [4] a college affiliated with the University of Leeds, studying economics, business management and administration. In 2006, she retired from competitions and started a new successful career in show business. After some modelling, she became the spokeswoman of the Kinder snacks and she won the Italian version of Dancing with the Stars in 2006. Later that year her acting debut was broadcast on Rai Uno as the protagonist of Butta la luna , a miniseries about racism and social integration. [5]

Family

May's parents are Jamaican. [6] She is also rugby player Marcel Garvey's cousin. Her daughter, Larissa Iapichino, is following her parents' footsteps and is currently the 300 metres hurdles Italian and European champion. [7]

Achievements

YearCompetitionVenuePositionNotes
Representing Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain and Flag of England.svg  England
1986 World Junior Championships Athens, Greece 8th 6.11 m
1987 European Junior Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom1st6.64 m w
1988 World Junior Championships Sudbury, Canada1st 6.88 m w(wind: +2.1 m/s)
Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 6th6.62 m
1990 Commonwealth Games Auckland, New Zealand3rd6.55 m
European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 7th 6.77 m (wind: +1.3 m/s)
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan19th (q)6.54 m
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, SpainNM
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany14th (q)6.42 m
Representing Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland3rd 6.90 m (wind: -0.7 m/s)
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden1st6.98 m w
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States2nd7.02 m
IAAF Grand Prix Final Milan, Italy 3rd6.86 m
1997 World Indoor Championships Paris, France 1st6.86 m
World Championships Athens, Greece3rd6.91 m
1998 European Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain1st 6.91 m
European Championships Budapest, Hungary2nd 7.11 m
1999 World Championships Sevilla, Spain2nd6.94 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia2nd6.92 m
2001 World Indoor Championships Lisbon, Portugal4th6.87 m
World Championships Edmonton, Canada1st7.02 m w
2003 World Championships Paris, France9th6.46 m
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary6th6.64 m
2005 Mediterranean Games Almería, Spain 1st6.64 m

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References

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  6. "Sporting heroes".
  7. "Atletica, Larissa Iapichino, figlia di Fiona May, è campione d'Italia nei 300 hs". 9 October 2016.