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Francesca Benolli
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Benolli at the 2008 Olympics

Country represented

Flag of Italy.png Italy

Born

August 26 1989 (1989-08-26) (age 32)
Trieste, Italy

Years on National Team

2003-2008

Club

Artistica 81 Trieste

Current status

Inactive

Francesca Benolli (born 26 August 1989 in Trieste) is an Italian artistic gymnast who competed at her first international competition in 2003. She is 2005 European Vault Champion.

Career

As a junior gymnast, Benolli was part of the Italian team which won a bronze medal at the 2004 Junior European Championships in Amsterdam. In 2005, Benolli became age eligible for senior competition and made an immediate impact, winning the 2005 European Vault title at just fifteen as well as respectable fifth place finishes in both the All Around and Floor exercise finals.

However, Benolli suffered serious injury after this competition, missing both the 2005 and 2006 World Championships. She came back in 2007 and was a member of the Italian team which placed in the top 12 at the World Championships, qualifying them to the 2008 Olympics. In 2008, Benolli won a bronze medal on vault at Europeans and was a member of the Italian team in Beijing.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
2004 Amsterdam Junior European Championships 3rd
2005 Debrecen European Championships 5 1st 5
2007 Moscow World Stars 8 4
Stuttgart World Championships 4
2008 City of Jesolo Trophy 2nd
Clermont-Ferrand European Championships 3rd


European Vault Champions
Larisa Latynina • Natalia Kot • Ute Starke • Solveig Egman • Věra ČáslavskáKarin JanzLudmilla TourischevaLudmilla Tourischeva | Angelika Hellmann • Nellie KimNadia ComăneciCristina GrigoraşOlga BicherovaElena ShushunovaSvetlana BoginskayaTatiana GutsuLavinia MiloşoviciSimona Amânar • Adrienn Varga • Simona AmânarNatalia ZiganshinaMonica RoşuFrancesca Benolli • Anna Grudko • Carlotta Giovannini • Oksana ChusovitinaAriella KaeslinEkaterina KurbatovaSandra IzbaşaGiulia SteingruberMaria PasekaGiulia SteingruberColine DevillardBoglárka DévaiMaria PasekaZsófia KovácsGiulia Steingruber
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