At the opening of the Games she wore the flag, now it’s up to her with her ex-husband De Filippis, plus the ambitious Stanco. The coach Pera: “We are prepared”
And now Jessica arrives. Rossi obviously, this time without that splendid flag that with Elia Viviani waved in the Olympic stadium during the ceremony that inaugurated these Tokyo Games. With the 29-year-old standard-bearer comes the Trap team, who in Rossi, ex-husband Mauro De Filippis and debutante Silvana Stanco at the Games has medal ambitions, both in the two individual tests and in the mixed scheduled for Saturday.
“I am very satisfied with how we get to these races – says the technical director Albano Pera -. The boys are very prepared, both from a physical, technical and mental point of view. In the last few months we have worked a lot on some details, such as the approach to the race. I’m happy because I see the guys very determined, but now it’s time to put everything into practice. We expect to do well, because we have been preparing for this Olympics for 5 years and finally there we are. For now let’s focus on the individual competition, at the Mixed Team we will think later: we cannot put too much meat on the fire “.
The women will be the first to take to the platform, in a race that in the previous five editions of the Olympics has had 5 different winners. Rossi was the queen in London 2012, but Rio’s sixth place is still an open wound for her, a disappointment that she wants to cancel in an edition made more special for her by the fact that she carried the flag in the opening ceremony. It will be on the platform at 2.25, 4.50 and 7.15 Italian. Tired, on the other hand, is making his debut at the Games, and in an especially mental race the emotion of the first time is an enemy to keep at bay. The 28-year-old born in Switzerland arrives at the Olympic appointment after winning the World Cup a month ago in Osijek, Croatia. It will be on the platform at 2, 4.15 and 6.50 Italian. There is no shortage of opponents, starting with the Slovak Zuzana Stefecekova, the San Marino Alessandra Perilli, the Spanish Fatima Galvez, but also keep an eye on Americans, Chinese, Russians and Australians.
De Filippi starts as a favorite. Because he is number one in the World Ranking, he was bronze in the European Championship and in June he won the World Cup. He is 40 years old but is making his debut in five circles, in a specialty in which Italy has won the medal for five consecutive editions of the Games without ever managing to win the most precious medal. If he managed to dispel the taboo, he would become the first Italian gold in the men’s trap by Luciano Giovannetti 1984 version. He will be on the platform at 2.50, 5.15 and 7.40. His most dangerous opponent is British Matthew Holley, who also won the European Championship. Then the Australian James Willett and the Americans Brian Burrows and Derrick Main. Italy is the nation that has won the most medals in the Olympic history of Trap, 9, but the US chases with 8.
The first qualifying day requires the athletes to be on the platform for the first 75 targets, to be hit in three series of 25 each. Tomorrow, from 2 am on the Italian night, the last 50 targets of the qualifiers. The best 6 will go to the finals, scheduled at 7.30 for women and 8.30 for women. Even though the typhoon danger has passed, the rain that disturbed the training day remains the main unknown. “It started to rain very hard, then it stopped and the sun came out, then it started raining again. If in a competition day this change of weather occurs several times it could affect the result of the race: shoot with the sun or with the rain is completely different “warned the director Pera.
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