A surprising result, mainly driven by the triumphs of athletics, which won 4 of the 8 golds overall
FROM THE ENCOUNTER IN TOKYO. Thirty-seven medals. Italy beats the historic record that stood since Los Angeles in 1932 and was equaled in 1960 in Rome. After Antonella Palmisano’s gold in the march that scored the equalizer at 36, the semifinal of Luigi Busà in karate has arrived, which means safe medal (martial arts do not include a bronze finish). It ‘just missed the podium in the modern pentathlon, where Alice Sotero finished fourth.
From Luigi Samele’s silver in the saber to the first day of racing onwards, the Azzurri have never let a single day pass without a podium, and this is also a record in Italian history. A surprising result, difficult to predict at the beginning (the president of Coni Malagò asked the athletes for 29 medals, one more than in Rio 2016), mainly driven by the triumphs of athletics, which won 4 of the 8 overall golds.
Speaking of gold: there were also eight in Beijing, London and Rio de Janeiro, but never accompanied by so many silvers and bronzes (always below thirty.
Another element that gives relevance to the overall result is the shortage of fencing medals (five, none gold) which is traditionally the mine of the blue medal table. Even the shots disappointed, bringing only one silver, while one of the expedition’s champions, Gregorio Paltrinieri, arrived late in preparation due to the mononucleosis that hit him two months before the Tokyo Games (the silver and bronze which, however, he won with his heart are a sporting miracle). Here, despite the crisis of its strengths, Italy has recovered in other sports, from sailing to rowing to cycling and martial arts. There were also many wooden medals, the fourth places that are the desperation of the athletes. Another sign of an exaggerated Italy.
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