Giuseppina Leone

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Giuseppina Leone, 1960

Giuseppina Leone (born December 21, 1934 in Turin ) is a former Italian sprinter .

In 1952 she reached the quarter-finals at the Olympic Games in Helsinki over 100 m and was eliminated in the 4-by-100-meter relay in the preliminary run.

At the European Athletics Championships in 1954 in Bern, she won the bronze medal in the 4 x 100 meter relay and was fourth in the 100 m . In 1955 she won the 100 m and 200 m at the International University Sports Week .

On October 21, 1956, she set a European record over 100 m with 11.4 seconds in Bologna . At the Olympic Games in Melbourne, she reached fifth place in both the 100 m and the 4 x 100 meter relay . Over 200 m she was eliminated in the lead. At the World University Games in 1957, she won bronze over 100 m and 200 m.

In 1958 she was fifth in the 100 m and fourth in the 4 x 100 m relay at the European Championships in Stockholm .

In 1959 she won the first Universiade in Turin over 100 m and 200 m, in the relay she received the silver medal.

At the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, she was third in the 100 m behind the American Wilma Rudolph and the British Dorothy Hyman . She finished sixth over 200 m and fifth in the 4 x 100 meter relay .

From 1952 to 1960 she was Italian champion in the 100 m and 200 m nine times in a row.

Personal bests

  • 100 m: 11.4 s, October 21, 1956, Bologna
  • 200 m: 23.7 s, September 3, 1960, Rome

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