The longevity and robustness of the Italians in later life is well documented with people coming from all over the world to study what makes the Italian live so long and so well, but Ugo Sansonetti takes things to a whole new level. Swide has a repotage by Antonio Faccilongo of Parallelozero on the heroic nonagenarian ‘I Am Legend’.
Italian legend: 94 and
Ugo Sansonetti, son of the admiral Luigi Sansonetti, was born in Rome on the 10th of January 1919. He lives in Rome, has ten children, 25 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, has a degree in Law and has been a pioneer in Chile and a cavalry officer. He is an honorary citizen of Costa Rica, where he was director of a farm during the agricultural colonisation of the 1950s. In the 1970s he was the director of a company, later known as Findus, and contributed to the success of the European industry of frozen foods. In 1991 he was nominated “Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic“, while in 2006 he was awarded the “Stella al Merito”, an official recognition of the Italian Republic for his successful career.
Ugo, who has always loved sport, has devoted himself professionally to athletics since the 1990s, winning over 92 medals, 60% of which are gold. Thanks to 13 gold medals, he is the Italian athlete who has won more titles at the European Indoor Athletics Championships.
In 2002 he set the indoor world record for the 200 meters and in 2010, at the age of 91, he won again the gold medal in Ancona setting the record for the over 80’s category. In March 2011 he won the gold medal in the Italian championship of trampoline diving.
In 2005, at the age of 86, Sansonetti joined the project SpaceLand, an E.S.A. space mission that took off from Bordeaux. This was the first parabolic flight to host an over 80 on board and on that occasion, tests were made to monitor how his body reacted to zero gravity.
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