Antonella Valentini

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameAntonella•Valentini
Used nameAntonella•Valentini
Born3 November 1958 in Roma, Roma (ITA)
Measurements155 cm / 45 kg
AffiliationsSS Lazio, Roma (ITA)
NOC Italy


At 13 years and 304 days, Antonella Valentini was the youngest Italian competitor at the 1972 Munchen Olympics. Leading up to the Games she won Italian girl’s titles at 100, 200, 400, and 800 freestyle, and 100 and 200 butterfly. At the Games, however, she was entered only in the 800, but failed to progress beyond the first round.

In the years when Italian swimming was dominated by Novella Calligaris, Valentini never won an individual Italian title; the closest she came was two runners-up (1974-75), and a third (1972) in the 800 metres. Valentini’s career was a brief one and, after enjoying her best season as a junior in 1975, she made her last appearance on the senior Italian team at the European Cup in Leeds that year, where Italy finished in last place.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) ITA Antonella Valentini
800 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 25