Tamberi yes, Barshim no: between stress and injuries, the Tokyo champion race passes through the Golden Gala
by Mattia Chiusano
Without Marcell Jacobs all the eyes of Italian fans will inevitably be on him. Gianmarco Tamberi is ready to take the stage at the Golden Gala of athletics, scheduled for Thursday evening in Rome. The other blue Olympic champion is aiming for his first success in the capital after the good performance in Ostrava: “In the past I finished second or third, I want to add this success to my palmarès, I just miss that and the World Cup” he says.
by Mattia Chiusano
World Cup in which he hopes to find the two champions, his friends, who instead have been forced to skip the Roman stage: Jacobs and Mutaz Barshim (with whom Gimbo shared the gold in Tokyo). “I will miss Marcell, the most sorry for his absence is him. It would have been fantastic to repeat what we did together in Japan in Rome, but he will come to the Olimpico all the same to cheer us on.” With regard to his Qatari rival, the high-rise from the Marches adds: “Mutaz told me he wasn’t in great shape, but he was sure he was at the Golden Gala. I’m sorry not to go back to the stage with him, but health is the most important thing. important: I wish him a speedy recovery for Eugene, as well as Jacobs “.
Despite the absence of Jacobs, the speed races still promise stellar as there will be the best in the world, from Fred Kerley and Elaine Thompson-Herah, to the super champion, one step away from retirement, Allyson Felix. Thompson-Herah, champion in the 100 and 200 meters in both Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020, is looking for her fourth triumph at the Golden Gala after winning the 100 meters in the 2016, 2019 and 2020 editions. This time, the 200 are waiting for her. For Allyson Felix, among Thompson’s opponents, the one in Rome will instead be one of the very last races of an extraordinary career: the 36-year-old Californian, 11 Olympic medals (most awarded ever among women in athletics), reiterates how much “this Golden Gala will be truly special, I’m proud to be here. I want to enjoy the moment. “
Good news for Italian athletics, meanwhile, comes from Trnava (Slovakia) where Sara Fantini, just 11 days after 74.38 with whom, in Lucca, after almost 17 years, she took away the Italian leadership from Ester Balassini (73.59 in 2005), was further surpassed bringing the record in the hammer to 74.86 during the “prologue” dedicated to the launches of the PTS Meeting, the Silver stage of the Continental Tour scheduled for Thursday in Samorin. After a “tasting” 72.85 in the first round, the Emilian launched at 74.86 (+48 centimeters on the previous record) and then performed a third excellent launch at 74.49 before closing, obviously satisfied, with three nulls. The new Italian record allowed her to win the race ahead of Danish Kathrine Jacobsen (74.22) and Azerbaijani Hanna Skydan (73.23).
“I’m really happy”, said the 10 times absolute Italian champion at the end of the race. “This record is dedicated to my grandfather: it needed a strong motivation to be here in Slovakia and not at home and I found it. I’m reaching a remarkable awareness in my means and I have a good and stable technique. Now we have to work on some details , I can still improve: in Bologna, where I train, the environment is beautiful and stimulating “. Fantini will return to the competition in Turku (Finland) on Tuesday 14 June and then in Madrid (Spain) on Saturday 18 before taking part in the Absolute Tricolors of Rieti on 25 June.
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