Two-time Italian Olympian set 5 national records from 800m to 10,000m including Mile PR of 3:56.7
By Diego Sampaolo for the IAAF
Several past Italian and International running legends gathered in Milan on October 18th for the launch of the book Divieto di Sosta (Do Not Stop), the biography of Italy’s middle distance great Franco Arese.
Arese won the 1971 European 1500 meter title in Helsinki and held Italian National records at all middle distances from 800m to 10,000m before working as President of the Italian Athletics Federation FIDAL from 2004 to 2012 and of ASICS Europe for 31 years until 2013. Arese is now President of Karhu, a Finnish company specialising in running and ski apparel.
The list of past stars who attended the book’s launch included Finnish legends Pekka Vasala and Lasse Viren, former 800m world record holder and current Italian record holder Marcello Fiasconaro, Italian Olympic champions Abdon Pamich, Maurizio Damilano, Livio Berruti, Francesco Panetta and Fabrizio Donato.
The fascinating which looks back into the life of Arese, was written by three of Italy’s foremost athletics writers: Gianni Romeo, Franco Fava and Fabio Monti. The first part of the book, written by Romeo, fosuces on Arese’s childood and the start of his running career in his native region of Piedmont.
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