Italian long jumper and sprinter who has won gold medals at events like the 2004 World Junior Championships and 2007 European Indoor Championships. He won the inaugural European Athletics Rising Star Award in 2007.
He was born in Los Angeles and won bronze at the World Youth Championships in 2001.
He set a European record in the 400 meters with a time of 45.70 seconds.
He married an Italian woman named Ugo Besozzi.
He and Greg Rutherford are both European Champions in the men's long jump.