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Fiona May

Updated: 2017-08-28T13:53Z
Fiona May
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Personal information
Born (1969-12-12) 12 December 1969 (age 47)
Slough, England
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight60 kg (132 lb)
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.


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 to date was the 2005 World Championships, where she failed to reach the final.[3]

May attended Leeds Trinity & All Saints College,[4] a college affiliated 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]


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 champion.[7]

International competitions

Representing  Great Britain and  England
1986World Junior ChampionshipsAthens, Greece8th6.11 m
1987European Junior ChampionshipsBirmingham, United Kingdom 1st6.64 m w
1988World Junior ChampionshipsSudbury, Canada 1st6.88 m w (wind: +2.1 m/s)
Olympic GamesSeoul, South Korea 6th6.62 m
1990Commonwealth GamesAuckland, New Zealand 3rd6.55 m
European ChampionshipsSplit, Yugoslavia 7th6.77 m (wind: +1.3 m/s)
1991World ChampionshipsTokyo, Japan19th (q)6.54 m
1992Olympic GamesBarcelona, SpainNM
1993World ChampionshipsStuttgart, Germany14th (q)6.42 m
Representing  Italy
1994European ChampionshipsHelsinki, Finland 3rd6.90 m (wind: -0.7 m/s)
1995World ChampionshipsGothenburg, Sweden 1st6.98 m w
1996Olympic GamesAtlanta, United States 2nd7.02 m
IAAF Grand Prix FinalMilan, Italy 3rd6.86 m
1997World Indoor ChampionshipsParis, France 1st6.86 m
World ChampionshipsAthens, Greece 3rd6.91 m
1998European Indoor ChampionshipsValencia, Spain 1st6.91 m
European ChampionshipsBudapest, Hungary 2nd7.11 m
1999World ChampionshipsSevilla, Spain 2nd6.94 m
2000Olympic GamesSydney, Australia 2nd6.92 m
2001World Indoor ChampionshipsLisbon, Portugal 4th6.87 m
World ChampionshipsEdmonton, Canada 1st7.02 m w
2003World ChampionshipsParis, France 9th6.46 m
2004World Indoor ChampionshipsBudapest, Hungary 6th6.64 m
2005Mediterranean GamesAlmería, Spain 1st6.64 m

See also


  1. ^ "TRIPLE JUMP 1998". 
  2. ^ "24th European Indoor Championships 1996, 24th European Indoor Championships 1998". Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Fiona May's makes Final Farewell". Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "University of Leeds". Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Butta la luna 2, da stasera su Raiuno torna Fiona May in versione attric" (in italian). Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Sporting heroes". 
  7. ^ "Atletica, Larissa Iapichino, figlia di Fiona May, è campione d'Italia nei 300 hs". 9 October 2016. 

External links

  • Media related to [[commons:Category:{{#property:P373}}|Fiona May]] at Wikimedia Commons
  • Fiona May profile at IAAF
  • Lua error in Module:SportsReference at line 5: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).
  • Fiona May on IMDb
Preceded by
Manuela Di Centa
Italian Sportswoman of the Year
Succeeded by
Deborah Compagnoni
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Maurren Higa Maggi
Women's Long Jump Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Tatyana Kotova

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