Athletics - Former world pole vault champion Gibilisco retires

AFPAugust 14, 2014
Athletics - Former world pole vault champion Gibilisco retires
Italy's Giuseppe Gibilisco competes in the men's pole vault final at the 2010 European Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona on July 31, 2010. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO (AFP Photo/JAVIER SORIANO)

- Former world pole vault champion Giuseppe Gibilisco announced his retirement from athletics on Thursday after failing to qualify for the finals of the European Championships in Zurich.

The 35-year-old Sicilian, who won the 2003 world title and was a bronze medallist at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, failed at three attempts to reach 5.40m.

Gibilisco was handed a two-year ban in 2007, which was quickly overturned on appeal, after being linked with a controversial doctor who had been at the centre of a lengthy doping investigation.

Gibilisco was suspended despite never testing positive for drugs.


AFP