Still good news for Italian athletics: Sabbatini advances in the women’s 1500s
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The next morning brings more good news to Italian athletics: Filippo Randazzo is eighth (European fourth) in the final twelve of the long. The Sicilian financier opens with a null, but on the second attempt he places a paw of 7.99 (0.0) which, in fact, allows him to enter among the eight who will have access to the last three jumps. He enters as sixth, then loses two positions because the others grow and he instead, struggling with running problems, does not increase that measure. In the series three more nulls and, on the fifth lap, a 7.88 (+0.8). Better than him, however, in the Italian Olympic history of the specialty only Giovanni Evangelisti (third in Los Angeles 1984 and fourth in Seoul 1988), Arturo Maffei (fourth in Berlin 1936) and Virgilio Tommasi (seventh in Paris 1924).
The title, with 8.41 (+0.1), goes to the Greek Miltiadis Tentoglou who, in the last jump, mocked the Cuban Juan Miguel Echevarria, capable of the same measure, but with a second lower (8.15 against 8.09). To his compatriot, Maykel Massò, the bronze (8.21). Even the American Jeff Henderson, in Rio 2016, had imposed himself with the last test. After the Spaniard Eusebio Caceres (8.18), fourth, there is the wonderful American JuVaughn Harrison, a few hours earlier already protagonist of the high final (seventh). The qualification, on average, had given more significant technical performances, a sign that the conditions in the morning are less favorable.
This is confirmed by the final of the 100 women’s hurdles. The favorite wins, the Puerto Rican Jasmine Camacho-Quinn with 12 ”37 (-0.3), an excellent time, but less than the one achieved in the semifinal (12” 26). Behind him the American Kendra Harrison (12 ”52), then the Jamaican Megan Tapper (12” 55). The Dutch Nadine Visser, the only European promoted, is fifth with 12 ”74.
From the heats they advance to the semifinals to twenty-four, three blue out of four. In those of the 200 (to twenty-four), the first three and the three best times are promoted. Both blue continue their race with a bit of luck. Gloria Hooper, fourth in the first heat with the season of 23 ”16 (+0.3), is the second fished out (save for 3/100); Dalia Kaddari, a bit awkward, third in the fifth with 23 ”26 (-0.3), with the same time, but in front of the strong Jamaican Shericka Jacksom, eliminated by a matter of thousandths. The best is the Namibian Christine Mboba (intersex athlete) who with 22 ”11 (+0.7) prints the junior world record, taking it away from a myth like Allyson Felix. Another Swiss record (equaled): Mujinga Kambundji flies in 22 ”26 (-0.2).
In the 1500s (the first six pass, plus the best six times) green disc for Gaia Sabbatini, red for Federica Del Buono. The first, controlling, is fourth in the second with 4’05 ”41, just over a second from the staff (the Dutch Sifan Hassan wins despite a crash!). The second is eleventh in the first with 4’07 ”70, seasonal and her best performance since 2014. After so many problems, she is an athlete definitively found.
In the qualifiers of the hammer (without Italians) the best is the Polish Wojcieck Nowichi with 79.78.
August 2, 2021 (change August 2, 2021 | 06:18)
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