Ten things you did or didn’t already know about Alessia Trost

World junior high jump champion Alessia Trost has been one of the breakout stars to emerge during this indoor season, leaping to a PB of 2.00m in January. Here are ten things you need to know about the 19-year-old Italian…

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Trost clears 1.91m to take world junior gold in Barcelona 

1. She first got involved in athletics through her father, Rudi, who used to run for fun, a couple of times a week.

2. She started high jumping aged 11, on the suggestion of Gianfranco Chessa, the man who still coaches her today.

3. Standing at 6ft 2ins (1.88m) tall, she was pursued by several basketball teams but her main passion has always been athletics.

4. She was born in Pordenone in north-east Italy, near Venice. NBA player and Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Reggie Jackson was also born in Pordenone. 

5. Alessia has a passion for reading, and was touched by reading the autobiography of former Grand Slam winning tennis star Andre Agassi.

6. She studies languages at the University of Udine and speaks fluent English, German and Spanish.

7. Alessia competes for Fiamme Gialle, the same club as European indoor champion Anionetta di Martino who said of Alessia’s sensational year so far: “she deserves this improvement.”

8. Her hero is two-time world champion Blanka Vlasic of Croatia. She was also inspired by the presence of 1968 Olympic high jump champion Dick Fosbury at the recent Hustopece and Trinec meetings.

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Got the moves like Blanka: Trost looks up to high jump great Vlasic

9. Alessia is the first international level athlete that her coach, Gianfranco Chessa, has ever guided.

10. She is the third female high jumper from Italy to clear the 2.00m height, alongside club-mate Di Martino and 1980 Olympic champ Sara Simeoni.