Nespoli, Andreoli, Boari and Rebagliati have already probed the shooting line of the Yumenoshima Park Archery Field in Tokyo. On Friday 23rd the 72 arrows of the ranking round will start and on the 24th the medals of the mixed team will already be awarded, the race that makes the Olympic debut
After a long wait, the decisive moment has finally arrived. Despite the many difficulties due to an armored edition due to Covid-19, the blue archers arrived in Tokyo on July 16 and yesterday they went to the shooting line to probe the competition field that will host the Olympic Games. It is very short to immerse yourself definitively in the competitive event which, for the vast majority of athletes, remains only a dream for a lifetime … At the Yumenoshima Park Archery Field in Tokyo the blue arrows have already calibrated their sights on 70 meters. Compared to the 2019 pre-Olympic, everything is different. The blue standard bearer Mauro Nespoli explains it well, for the first time he will be the most experienced athlete of the group: “When we came to Japan before the pandemic it was raining and cold. Now it’s sunny and it’s hot and humid. In short, very different conditions, which also concern the field where we will play the preliminaries and eventually the finals: two years ago, for example, there were still no stands “.
Azzurri in the race
As per tradition, archery competitions will be among the first to kick off the Games program. The start is scheduled for Friday 23 and the conclusion will be Saturday 31 July. On the shooting line, in addition to the blue aviator, winner of the team silver medal in Beijing 2008 and the team gold medal in London 2012, there will be the young trio of the Fiamme Oro who a few weeks ago earned the pass to teams: Tatiana Andreoli and Chiara Rebagliati at the Olympic debut and Lucilla Boari, who was the starter with the trio that finished 4th in Rio 2016 with Claudia Mandia and Guendalina Sartori. Following the blue archers coaches Matteo Bisiani and Natalia Valeeva and the Technical Coordinator Sante Spigarelli. Italy will compete for 4 out of 5 medals: in the men’s and women’s individual, in the mixed team event and in the women’s team competition.
The program foresees for tomorrow and the day after the so-called “familiarization” that will allow the Azzurri to shoot in the stadium where eliminations and finals will be played. On July 22nd there will be the official test shots, while on July 23rd the 72 arrows of the ranking round will take place that will establish the scoreboard of the individual and team head-to-head matches. On Saturday 24 July the medals of the mixed team will be awarded, the event that makes its debut in the archery program, on Sunday 25 July there will be eliminations and finals for women’s teams, while on Monday 26 July the medals of the men’s teams will be awarded. From 27 to 29 July space for individual elimination rounds (32nd and 16th). The matches that are worth the individual women’s podium will be played on Friday 30 July and the men’s individual finals will close the archery program on Saturday 31 July. After always going on the podium from Atlanta ’96 to London 2012, the blue arrows now have the opportunity to avenge the 4th place in Rio de Janeiro. It won’t be easy because the level of the opponents present in Tokyo is stellar, but the desire to bring a medal back to Italy is great …
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