A Historic Day for Italian Sport

Sunday at the Tokyo Olympics was historic for Italian sport: within fifteen minutes, came two gold medals in athletics, a result Italy had been struggling to achieve for decades. the first was won by Gianmarco Tambrique In the high jump, the second gives Marcel Jacobs In the 100 m, the most awaited and most important specialties: Italy had never managed to get an athlete into the final before Jacobs.

Jacobs not only managed to reach the final, but he won the gold medal by running in 9.80 seconds, breaking the European record he had set himself two hours earlier in the semi-final (9.84). The last time the European record was improved was in 2004. The silver medal was won by American Fred Kerle (9.84) and the bronze medal by Canadian Andre de Grasse (9.89).

– Also read: Video of 100m final

Tambri won the gold medal on par with Qatari Mutaz Essa Bershim in a race that lasted more than two hours. Both jumped in the same measure without error (2.24 m, 2.27, 2.33 and 2.37) and then made three errors each at a measurement of 2.39 m. At that time Tambri and Bershim were already sure they had at least won the silver medal and could have decided to compete for the gold with the playoffs, but they chose not to do so and both accepted the gold. . Bronze went to Belarusian Maksim Nedacekau, who made another error in his 2.37m measurement compared to the other two.

On Sunday a bronze medal was added to the Italian medal table, won in the 4 × 100 mixed men’s swimming relay. thomas secon, Nicolo Martinenghi, federico berdiso I Alessandro Miresi He finished the race in 3:29.17, while the Americans got gold (3:26.79) and the British (3:27.51).

Another good result for Italy in athletics came in the semi-finals of the 400 m hurdles, in which alessandro sibilio He finished third and managed to qualify for Wednesday’s final. On the other hand, in women’s athletics, Luminosa Bogliolo failed to qualify for the final of the 100 m hurdles, but still set a new Italian record by running in 12.75 seconds.

There will certainly be a medal, gold or silver, for Italian sailing: Roger Tita I Katrina Bunty, in the mixed class Nakra 17, they are first in the general classification and further extended their advantage over their rivals in the final race on Sunday. In the next regatta scheduled for Tuesday, it will be enough for them to finish sixth to get the gold.

Other medals and Sunday news

New world record set in women’s triple jump, Venezuela sets record Yulimar Rojasso, gold medalist and race favorite. The record ran from 1995 and was 15.50 metres. Rojas beat it with a jump of 15.67. Another notable gold belonged to a Brazilian gymnast. Rebecca AndradeWinner in The Vault, featuring American Sunissa Lee. This is the first gold medal in history for Brazil in women’s gymnastics.

The Olympic Men’s Tennis Tournament has ended with the final between the German Alexander Zverev and Russian Karen Kachanov in a tough match that ended first with a score of 6-3, 6-1, thus taking the gold medal. Zverev reached the final after beating world ranking number one Novak Djokovic, who then lost to Spain’s Pablo Carreo Busta in the bronze final.

australian swimmer Emma McKeon She won her seventh medal (gold in the mixed 4 × 100 m relay), becoming the most medal-winning athlete at the Tokyo Olympics, and equaling Russian gymnast Maria Gorokhovskaya’s women’s record in 1952. In swimming, the only women to win more medals in the singles edition is American Michael Phelps, who won eight at both the Athens Games in 2004 and Beijing in 2008.

The race for the new Olympic BMX discipline (abbreviated) bicycle motocross and which includes a series of stunts on a stage with small bicycles in the freestyle specialty, which is precisely defined as BMX), and the first gold was won by Charlotte Worthington for the United Kingdom.

american gymnast Simone Biles, the strongest active in her sport, has retired from the free body finals of artistic gymnastics at the Tokyo Olympics: this is the fifth competition from which she withdraws from the start of the Games after the finals of the individual general competition, competing in teams and vaulting. and odd similarities. Biles is still only in the running for one final, which is scheduled for Tuesday.

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