|Born||10 January 1919|
Ugo Sansonetti (born 10 January 1919), nicknamed Matusalesto (a pun based on the name of Matusalem and the Italian lesto, "quick"), is an Italian writer and masters athlete.
He is the current world record holder in the M85 200 metres and M90 400 metres. He is famous throughout Italy for his appearance as a spry athlete in a Coca-Cola and a Barilla advertisement.
Born in Rome, Italy, he was the son of Admiral Luigi Sansonetti. As of 2011 he lives in Rome, has ten children, 25 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He has a degree in law and was a pioneer cavalry officer.He is an honorary citizen of Costa Rica, where he led a company doing agricultural colonization in the fifties. Among his writings is curating Emigranti alla conquista della foresta (translated=Migrants to the conquest of the forest), which promotes that colonization of Costa Rica.
In the seventies he directed and helped to lift a European frozen foods manufacturer that would later become known as Findus.
In 1991 he was appointed Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic and in 2006 received the Star of Merit for his work.
In 2005, at the age of 86 years, participated in project SpaceLand Sansonetti, a flight in a weightless environment on a Boeing 727 -200. Starting from Bordeaux, France, it was the first parabolic flight to accommodate ordinary citizens, and the first to bring on board an octogenarian.
As an athlete, he claims to have won 70 medals, 42 of them gold. In addition to the outdoor world records, he holds several indoor world records in the M90 60 metres, M85 and M90 200 metres and M90 400 metres. He has won several World Masters Athletics Championships. Here is a Video on YouTube of him winning the 100 metres at the 2009 World Championships in Lahti, Finland.
Curator: Introducing: Herzel G. Weizmann, Emigranti alla conquista della foresta (Migrants to the conquest of the forest). Promoted Italian colonization in Costa Rica: San Vito de Java, Franco Angeli, 1985. ISBN 978-88-204-4848-6