There are exactly eleven, almost a sort of football team, the blue middle-distance runners and cross-country skiers called up by FIDAL for the Tokyo Olympic Games. Seven for men and four for women. Eleven, out of thirty-six places available for the twelve races of the program, means that in this sector, which has also shown signs of considerable liveliness in this first part of the season, we are still suffering. Especially in the men’s fast middle-distance run, in the extended one and in the women’s marathon.
Multi-ethnic men’s team –
The first thing that catches the eye in the analysis phase is that none of the seven athletes called up in the men’s sector is of Italian origin. Six athletes were born in Africa. The seventh in Italy, but from Egyptian parents. All full-fledged blue athletes having received Italian citizenship at different times. Seven athletes unequally distributed. We have three called up in the 3000 steeplechase and three called up in the marathon and then the only one Yemaneberhan Crippa on 5000 and 10,000 meters. Let’s get to know them better. Twins Ala and Osama Zoghlami born in Tunis in June 1994, they then arrived in Sicily in 1996 with their family, settling in the Trapani area. They then moved to Palermo to start high-level sports activities and be followed by prof. Gaspare Polizzi. In the past few weeks they have run the 3000 steeplechase respectively in 8.14.02 Osama) and in 8.17.65 (Wing). Better than them he did Ahmed Abdelhawed with 8.12.04 born in Rome in May 1995 but from Egyptian parents. He was born instead in Morocco in Ain Sebaa in August 1993, then moved with his family in 2004 to Castelli Calepio in the Bergamo area, Yassine Rachik one of the three called up for the marathon with a personal of 2.08.05. It also comes from Morocco Yassine El Fathaoui born in March 1982 in Belfaa and then came to Italy with his mother and three sisters to be reunited with his father in 1999. In the following years he started working in a gas company as a worker. Only exploded at 37 years old running the marathon in 2.10.10 in February 2020 in Seville at the age of 37 Yassine vive with family in San Polo d’Enza (Reggio Emilia). The third blue marathon runner Eyob Faniel Ghebrehiwet as well as Italian record holder on distance with 2.07.19, he was born in November 1992 at Asmara in Eritrea. Arrived in Italy in 2004 with his family, for a few years, before exploding at an absolute level, he worked as a maintenance technician in the swimming pool. He currently lives with his family in Bassano del Grappa. The seventh athlete called in the men’s field Yemaneberhan Crippa national record holder of the 3000 with 7.38.27, of the 5000 with 13.02.26 and of the 10.000 with 27.10.76 was born instead in Dessie in Ethiopia in October 1996. Adopted by the family Crippa in 2003, who took him from an orphanage in Addis Ababa together with other brothers including Nekagenet excellent blue middle-distance runner in turn, Yemaneberhan currently lives and trains in Trento.
Women’s team –
Totally opposite on the genetic side, the composition of the four athletes called in the female sector. The marathon runner Giovanna Epis born in October 1988 in Venice, she has been living in Legnano for some years with her partner Luca Tocco. On the marathon he has a personal of 2.28.03 obtained in 2020 at the Reggio Emilia tricolors. Federica Del Buono dad’s art daughter Gianni and mom Rossella Gramola who is also her coach was born in Vicenza in December 1994. Returning to the competitions after a long absence she ran the 1500 in 4.08.54 while her personal of 4.05.32 dates back to 2014. The big news of 2021 at an absolute level it is though Gaia Sabatini born in June 1999 in Teramo even if in 2018 she moved to Rome to be trained by Andrea Ceccarelli. For her, great chronometric improvements in this start of the season with 4.04.23 on 1500 and 2.00.75 on 800. Finally, here is what remains Nadia Battocletti the national number one in the extended middle distance course with her extraordinary 14.58.73 out of 5000 achieved last month in Nice. Born in April 2000, father’s daughter of art Julian who is also his coach Nadia, who lives in Cavareno in Trentino, also has African blood in her veins since her mother Jawhara Saddogui, Moroccan by birth, she was a good fast middle-distance runner when she was young.
04 July 2021 (change 04 July 2021 | 11:19)
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