Football opened the party with the triumph of Italy in the final against the host England, on July 11, and the Tokyo Games rewrote the sporting history of the country, which had never won the 100-meter dash event at any Games.
Of the triumph of the selection “azzurra” in the Eurocopa, 53 years after the last time, to historic gold in Marcell Jacobs’ 100-meter dash at the Tokyo Olympics, hUntil the triumphs of Gianmarco Tamberi in height and that of Massimo Stano this Thursday in the 20-kilometer march, Italian sport is experiencing one of its highest moments.
Soccer opened the party with Italy’s triumph in the final against host England, on July 11, and the Tokyo Games rewrote the country’s sports history, who had never won the 100-meter dash event at the Games.
In five years, Italy, a country of sixty million inhabitants that traditionally used to suffer in athletics events, particularly sprinting, It went from zero medals won in athletics in Rio to three gold medals in Tokyo, with Marcell Jacobs, Gianmarco Tamberi and Massimo Stano as protagonists.
THE NATIONAL RECORD OF 36 MEDALS, WITHIN REACH
If sports like fencing, the threw wave swimming used to be the basis of the successes in the medal table of Italy in the GamesThis year Italy shone in its “forbidden” specialty.
The Italian expedition added 28 medals in both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Games, while this year, with the event still open, it already has 34 medals, seven gold, ten silver and 17 bronze. The national record of 36 is within the reach of the “azzurri”.
The summit was reached last Sunday, when in the space of a quarter of an hour, between 2:45 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. local time, Tamberi put a happy ending to his personal story, after missing the Rio Games through injury, and the gold was hung in altitude, shared with the Qatari Mutaz Essa Barshim (both with 2.37 meters). Shortly after, Marcell Jacobs struck out everyone in the 100-meter dash by winning the record time of 9.80 seconds.
The Italian, born in Texas to an American father and Italian mother, raised in Desenzano del Garda (northern Italy), had already made history by qualifying for the 100-meter final, something never achieved by Italy, and became a legend with your gold.
His growth was amazing. Away from the spotlight until last September, he broke the 10-second wall in May and in three months has set the Italian and European record (9.80). He was crowned after the legendary Jamaican Usain Bolt in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016.
In Italy There is no doubt that this quarter of an hour marked the highest moment in the country’s sporting history, capable of succeeding for the first time in the queen test of the Games.
CYCLING AND ATHLETICS ENRICH THE MEDALLION
If until that moment the Italian expedition was winning many medals, but only two gold, in a few minutes Italy went to four and in recent days has increased this number to seven.
A monumental Filippo Ganna led the Italian quartet this Wednesday in the men’s cycling chase and gave Italy a gold with a world record included and this Friday Massimo Stano fueled the enthusiasm with his triumph this Friday in the 20-kilometer march.
In the Omnium, moreover, Elia Viviani took bronze on Thursday to leave Italy just two steps away from its medal record.
And despite not giving away medals to the expedition, the work of the Italian basketball team also stands out, which managed to return to some Games 17 years later after beating Serbia, in Belgrade, in the pre-Olympic.
FROM CRISIS TO OLYMPUS
There are many reasons that made it possible to relaunch Italian sport so brilliantly. In football, the “year zero” lived in 2017, after the World Cup debacle experienced by the national team, hurt the pride of a country that in its history had won four World Cups. Roberto Mancini opened a new cycle, with renewed motivations, which reached the roof of Europe on July 11 at Wembley.
It also highlights the work of Valentina Vezzali, a true legend of Italian fencing, winner of six Olympic gold medals, who this year became the new secretary of state for sport.
An elite fencer and deeply aware of the needs of the country’s sports movement, Vezzali is developing an excellent mediation job between the Government and the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI), the results of which are being seen in the great showcases of world sport.