Ajla Del Ponte is a Swiss sprinter. She competed in the women’s 4 × 100 meters relay event at the 2016 Summer Olympics and at the 2017 World Championships in London. She won the women’s 60 meters at the 2021 European Athletics Indoor Championships, doing so in a world leading time and equaling the Swiss record of 7.03 seconds. At the 2020 Summer Olympics she set a new national record for the 100 meters running 10.91 in the heats. On 14 August, she shaved a hundredth of a second off of her record, achieving a time of 10.90 at the 2021 Resisprint International.
Women’s athletics: Medals Record: Representing Switzerland
European Indoor Championships 2021
Gold medal Toruń, Poland 60 m
European U23 Championships 2017
Bronze Medal Bydgoszcz, Poland 4 × 100 m relay
Silver Medal Naples, Italy 100 m
Gold Medal 4 × 100 m relay
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar catches up with Ajla Del Ponte is a Swiss sprinter, European Indoor Champion 2021 in 60 meters here she talks about her workout, diet, hair care, skincare routine and her success story.
You were born in Locarno, Switzerland. You must have been into athletics early in your life. In 2014 you competed in the World Junior Championships at Eugene, United States. In 2017 you won bronze at European U23 Championships held at Bydgoszcz, Poland in 4 × 100 m relay. This later propelled your career to the height where you have been at the top of the world as an athlete competing in sprinting events. Tell us more about your professional journey of exceptionally hard work, tenacity, and endurance?
Ajla Del Ponte:
As a professional athlete you learn what discipline and sacrifices are. It’s not always easy, but when I look back at my achievements, I realize how this all is worth it. From being a 13-year-old that started track and field for fun, to the struggles of a girl that couldn’t see her family and friends a lot, to a young woman that knows where she wants to go. Sport shaped me into what I am today and I’m very grateful for it.
In the 2019 Universiade at Naples, Italy you won Silver medal in100 m and Gold Medal in the 4 × 100 m relay event. Tell us how you were drawn to this sport of athletics competing in sprinting events and your meteoric rise in the 100 m and 4 × 100 m relay event?
Ajla Del Ponte:
I grew up in a very small village in the Swiss mountains called Bignasco. I played outside every day and I stared my sporting career by doing some figure skating, then I did some volleyball and unihockey. I came to track and field by chance, after a competition we had at school when I was 13. My mother saw that I was quite good at it and suggested me to try. I fell in love with the sports. From there on, the road to professionalism was progressive. I wasn’t the big talent that everyone was looking carefully to, I was just doing my thing as a junior and having fun.
In 2016, when I had to take the decision on which university I wanted to subscribe to, I looked into my options. Laurent Meuwly, my coach, was based in Lausanne, so I went there. And in 2019, when he left for a job in the Netherlands, I followed him. This came with sacrifices to make but I knew he was the man that could bring me to success. And that came in 2020 and 2021 with my very first big successes in the individual.
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