Fausto Desalu
Eseosa Desalu 2015.jpg
Personal information
Full nameEseosa Fostine Desalu
National teamItaly
Born (1994-02-19) 19 February 1994 (age 28)
Casalmaggiore, Italy
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight69 kg (152 lb)
Sport
SportAthletics
Event(s)Sprint
ClubG.S. Fiamme Gialle
Coached byGiangiacomo Contini
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • 100 m: 10.21 (2022)
  • 200 m: 20.13 (2018)

Eseosa Fostine "Fausto" Desalu (born 19 February 1994) is an Italian sprinter who specialises in the 200 metres winning a silver medal in that event at the 2018 Mediterranean Games[1] and a gold medal in the 4×100 m relay at the 2020 Summer Olympics.[2]

He was the 200 metres gold medallist at the 2015 Military World Games. He holds a best of 20.13 seconds for the distance, set in 2018.

Biography

Of Nigerian descent, he acquired Italian citizenship in 2012, at 18 years old as he was born in Casalmaggiore, Italy, to Nigerian parents. Desalu originally focused on association football in his youth. However, he began to take up track and field around 2008, initially focusing on the sprint hurdles. His speed was better than his technique and he eventually focused on the 200 m instead. He gained full Italian citizenship in 2012.[3] A member of Gruppi Sportivi Fiamme Gialle – the sports club of Italy's fiscal police force – he made his international debut at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics. However, he failed to progress beyond the heats.[4] He also ran with the 4×100 metres relay team, but they were also eliminated in the heats stage.[5]

Desalu's first international medal came at the 2013 European Athletics Junior Championships, where he was a relay bronze medallist on home turf in Rieti, running the anchor leg on a team of Giacomo Isolano, Lorenzo Bilotti and Roberto Rigali. He also managed fifth place individually in the 200 m.[6] His first senior medal followed at the 2014 European Team Championships, where he was part of the bronze medal-winning relay quartet alongside Massimiliano Ferraro, Diego Marani, and Delmas Obou.[7] He was selected both individually and for the relay for Italy at the 2014 European Athletics Championships. He was a semi-finalist in the 200 m, having set a best of 20.55 seconds in the heats, and was a finalist in the relay with Fabio Cerutti, Marani and Obou (although the Italians failed to finish).[6]

Desalu had his first appearance at global senior level at the 2015 IAAF World Relays, though the regrouped European Championships team did not make it past the heats. At the 2015 Military World Games he won the 200 m gold medal, a tenth of a second ahead of runner-up Serhiy Smelyk.[8] He came close to a second medal at the games in the relay, placing fourth with Cerutti, Obou and Matteo Galvan.[9]

In La Chaux-de-Fonds, he runs in 20.36 on 15 August 2020, best European performance of the year on 200 m. On 19 August, he improves at 20.35 (+1.3) at Bregyó Athletic Center, Székesfehérvár. On 4 September 2020, he becomes the first Italian to win a 200 m race event of the Diamond League during Memorial Van Damme in 20.39.[10]

Statistics

National records

Personal bests

For reference:

Achievements

Desalu (first from right) with Federico Cattaneo, Filippo Tortu and Davide Manenti, the Italian national track relay team, at the 2018 Mediterranean Games.
Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2012 World Junior Championships Barcelona, Spain — (heats) 200 m DQ
5th (heats) 4 × 100 m relay 40.41
2013 European Junior Championships Rieti, Italy 5th 200 m 21.16
3rd 4 × 100 m relay 40.00
2014 European Team Championships Braunschweig, Germany 3rd 4 × 100 m relay 39.06
European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 7th (semis) 200 m 20.73
4 × 100 m relay DNF
2015 IAAF World Relays Nassau, Bahamas 3rd (heats) 4 × 100 m relay 38.84
Military World Games Mungyeong, South Korea 1st 200 m 20.64
4th 4 × 100 m relay 39.64
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 49th (h) 200 m 20.65
2017 IAAF World Relays Nassau, Bahamas 4 × 100 m relay DQ
2018 Mediterranean Games Tarragona, Spain 2nd 200 m 20.77
1st 4×100 m relay 38.49
European Championships Berlin, Germany 6th 200 m 20.13
4 × 100 m relay DQ
2019 World Relays Yokohama, Japan 3rd (h) 4 × 100 m relay 38.291
World Championships Doha, Qatar 21st (sf) 200 m 20.73
2021 World Relays Chorzów, Poland 1st 4 × 100 m relay 39.21
Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan 16th (sf) 200 m 20.43
1st 4 × 100 m relay 37.50 NR
2022 World Championships Eugene, United States 30th (h) 200 m 20.63
10th (h) 4 × 100 m relay 38.74
European Championships Munich, Germany 13th (sf) 200 m 20.48

1Did not finish in the final

National titles

Desalu won three national championships at individual senior level.[13][14]

See also

References

  1. ^ "NOC Medallist by Sport - Italy". tarragona2018.cat. Archived from the original on 28 September 2018. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Olympics: Italy win men's 4x100m relay - English". ANSA.it. 6 August 2021. Retrieved 18 September 2021.
  3. ^ Eseosa Desalu. FIDAL. Retrieved on 2015-10-11.
  4. ^ Eseosa Desalu. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-10-11.
  5. ^ Peters, Lionel; Magnusson, Tomas, WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS WJC - 2012 Barcelona ESP Jul 10-15, WORLD JUNIOR ATHLETICS HISTORY ("WJAH"), archived from the original on 22 February 2014, retrieved 13 June 2015
  6. ^ a b 22nd European Athletics Junior Championships, Stadio Raul Guidobaldi Archived 2015-10-03 at the Wayback Machine. European Athletics. Retrieved on 2015-10-11.
  7. ^ 5th European Athletics Team Championships Archived February 2, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. European Athletics. Retrieved on 2015-10-11.
  8. ^ Track & Field. Korea2015MWG. Retrieved on 2015-10-09.
  9. ^ 경기 결과 남자 4 x 100m 릴레이 레이스 결승 . Korea2015MWG. Retrieved on 2015-10-11.
  10. ^ "Program 2021".
  11. ^ "Athletics - Final Results - Men's 4 x 100m Relay". IOC. Archived from the original on 5 August 2021. Retrieved 6 August 2021. - Current holder
  12. ^ Eseosa Desalu. European Athletics. Retrieved on 2015-10-11.
  13. ^ "TUTTI I CAMPIONI ITALIANI 1906-2021" (PDF). sportolimpico.it. 1 January 2021. Retrieved 28 June 2021.
  14. ^ "Assoluti: altri 4 azzurri allo standard olimpico" (in Italian). fidal.it. 27 June 2021. Retrieved 28 June 2021.