The Azzurri of the fast relay sign an excellent performance with 37 “95 behind Canada and China. Tomorrow at 15.50 Italian time is the hunt for the medal
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– Tokyo (Japan)
The men’s 4×100 flies to the final with 37 ”95, the Italian record, fourth European all-time performance and fourth overall time of the day, Zane Weir is fifth in the final of the weight. The 4×100 women in turn signs the national record, but the final is missing for 3/100, Dallavalle and Ihemeje are ninth and eleventh in the triple. It’s another morning of glory for Italian athletics at the Tokyo Olympic stadium.
Lorenzo Patta, Marcell Jacobs, Fausto Desalu, Filippo Tortu: here, in the order of fraction, the quartet that tomorrow, in the final, will go hunting for a company. Meanwhile the semifinal (direct promotion for the first three), passed very brilliantly. The Azzurri, in the second battery, are just third behind China and Canada, credited with the same 37 ”92, with the United States sixth and sensationally eliminated (38” 10) and Carl Lewis who immediately chirps: “Unacceptable”. Only Jamaica (37 ”82) did the best in the first, with Great Britain (38” ’02) and Japan (38 ”16) in turn promoted. The fished out come from the same test as Italy: they are Germany (38 ”06) and Ghana (38” 08). The tricolor changes are safe, but up to par. The individual fractions of a level. The 21-year-old Patta does not pay for the excitement of the debut, Jacobs even seems in control, Desalu has a quality curve and Tortu is worth the best, with only De Grasse, fresh winner of the 200, to eat him a few centimeters. The previous national limit was demolished, that 38 ”11 obtained by Cattaneo, Jacobs, Manenti, Tortu in the semifinal of the Doha World Cup, on 4 October 2019. In the history of the Old Continent, only Great Britain, France and Holland have gone stronger. Tomorrow, at 15.50 Italian time, it will be fun.
“I struggled a bit – admits Jacobs – the environmental conditions, in this heat, are not easy. But once again we showed great team spirit. The medal? We sleep together, I look at her, I admire her. Instead the controversies do not affect me, I do not reply because I do not want to give importance to those who make certain criticisms. My results are the fruit of years of hard work ”. Tortu is obviously satisfied too: “I thank the comrades who have accompanied us so far – he says – Manenti, Infantino, Polanco and also Cattaneo and Rigali. We wanted to enter the final, now we recover this effort and then we play everything ”. Desalu adds: “We have a lot of leeway”. And Patta confirms: “I was not particularly excited”.
After the gold medals of Jacobs and Gimbo Tamberi, here is the best result of the Italian expedition. It is, surprisingly, by Zane Weir, splendid fifth in the final of the weight. The 25-year-old South African native who grew up in Durban, Italian – for a few months – thanks to his maternal grandfather Mario, from Trieste, is still improving. On Tuesday in qualifying, with 21.25, he had already improved his staff by 14 centimeters. In the final, after 20.85, 20.25 and 20.68, promoted among the best eight as seventh, he surpasses himself. And he shoots first at 21.40 and then at 21.41, the third all-time Italian man after Alessandro Andrei and his training partner Leo Fabri and in front of his coach Paolo Dal Soglio. “I am very happy – he says in his increasingly precise Italian – for all those who supported me, my coach and the federation in the lead. Two more solo shows: it will take me a while to realize what I have done ”.
Less fortunes for the other blues in the race. Andrea Dallavalle (16.85) and Emmanuel Ihemeje (16.52) are ninth and eleventh in the triple final (16.95 would be needed to access the top eight), Irene Siragusa’s 4x100m women, Gloria Hooper, Anna Bongiorni and Vittoria Fontana touches the coup : with 42 “84 improves by 6/100 the limit of Herrera, Hooper, Bongiorni, Siragusa obtained like the men on 4 October 2019 in the semifinal of the Doha World Cup, but – sixth in his battery – 3/100 missing access among the eight elected, before the excluded. Finally, a red disc for Elena Vallortigara (1.93) and Alessia Trost (1.90) in the qualification of the high. In the final, with 1.95, there are 14.
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