Filippo Tortu

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Filippo Tortu
Bydgoszcz 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships, 4x100m relay men final14 23-07-2016 - Filippo Tortu (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Born (1998-06-15) 15 June 1998 (age 20)
Milan, Italy[1]
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 75 kg (165 lb)
Sport
Country Italy
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 100 m, 200 m
Club G.S. Fiamme Gialle
Coached by Salvino Tortu
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • 100 m: 9.99 NR (2018)
  • 200 m: 20.34 (2017)

Filippo Tortu (born 15 June 1998) is an Italian sprinter,[2] national record holder of 100 meters with the time of 9.99 and the first ever Italian to dip below 10 seconds for the distance. He won the gold medal in 100 metres at the 2017 European U20 Championships and the silver medal at the 2016 World U20 Championships. He is coached by his father, Salvino Tortu, a former Sardinian sprinter who emigrated to Lombardy.[1] His older brother, Giacomo, is also a sprinter.

Biography[edit]

Born in Milan but with Sardinian origins (his father, Salvino Tortu, was a Sardinian runner too), he began to play sports at the age of eight years, dividing his time between track and field and basketball.

In 2010 and 2011 he won the title of fastest runner in Milan while competing in the categories prima media and seconda media. He then started to dedicate himself entirely to track and field, coached by his father. In 2013 he won the 80 meters in the Italian championships in Jesolo (category cadetto) with a time of 9.09.

He finished third at the 2014 trials for the European Youth Olympic Games although he did not qualify. He did however qualify for the 200 meters, but in the preliminary race for the Youth Olympics he fell at the finish line; he broke both arms and as a result was not able to compete in the finals. In 2015 he broke the Italian youth record in the 100 meters with a time of 10.33, as well as in the 200 meters with a time of 20.92.

In 2016 he broke the Italian junior record of 100 meters in Savona, twice obtaining a time of 10.24; this record had been unbeaten for 34 years, and was held by Pierfrancesco Pavoni who ran the distance in 10.25 at the 1982 European Championships. A month later, he landed his first Italian title in Rieti, winning the final of 100 meters in 10.32. He took part in the European Championships in Amsterdam, where he qualified for the semifinals by winning with a time of 10.19, which was a new Italian junior record. He failed, however, to reach the final by 0.03 seconds. He also ran the final leg of 4×100 relay, landing a 5th place. He participated at the World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, where he won the silver medal in 100 meters with 10.24, behind the American Noah Lyles (10.17). In the same championship he participated in the 4×100 relay where they finished 7th.

National records[edit]

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Time Notes
2014 Youth Olympic Games China Nanjing Final 200 metres DNS [4]
2016 European Championships Netherlands Amsterdam 9th (sf) 100 metres 10.19 Sport records icon PB.svg
5th 4×100 m relay 38.69
World U20 Championships Poland Bydgoszcz 2nd 100 metres 10.24
7th 4×100 m relay 40.02
2017 IAAF World Relays The Bahamas Nassau Heat 4×100 m relay DQ R170.7
European U20 Championships Italy Grosseto 1st 100 metres 10.73 (–4.3)
2nd 4×100 m relay 39.50
World Championships United Kingdom London 17th (sf) 200 metres 20.62 w
2018 Mediterranean Games Spain Tarragona 1st 4×100 m relay 38.49 Sport records icon GR.svg

Personal bests[edit]

Outdoor
Indoor

National titles[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b FIDAL profile
  2. ^ Filippo Tortu profile at IAAF
  3. ^ "SPRINT RECORDS FALL IN MADRID". iaaf.org. Retrieved 23 June 2018. ...the European junior champion clocked 9.99 to beat the long-standing Italian record of 10.01 set by Pietro Mennea back in 1979, 19 years before Tortu was born. 
  4. ^ 21.38 in semifinals

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