The first day ended: Dell’Aquila’s gold in taekwondo and Samele’s silver take us high. Leads China with 3 gold, for the United States it is a negative record
Tokyo is a golden night. Like the medal around the neck of Vito Dell’Aquila, a fresh Olympic taekwondo champion. It is thanks to him, and to the silver in Luigi Samele’s saber, that Italy, or perhaps it is better to say Puglia (Vito is from Mesagne, Gigi from Foggia), is in second place in the medal table.
It is in cohabitation with Japan but for today that’s okay. Ecuador is fifth, thanks to the gold (the second in the country’s Olympic history) won by Richard Carapaz in the cycling race where the Azzurri did not shine. Meanwhile, China immediately took the lead in the podiums with 3 golds and a bronze. For the first time since the 1972 Munich Olympics, the United States closed the first day without medals. Split zero, but tonight it’s already the turn of Simone Biles, the queen of gymnastics, who aims to bring Uncle Sam a chest full of gold.
Lights and shadows
The first Italian day, after the hangover from the podiums, also celebrates the swimming finals with Gabriele Detti who will be able to hunt for a medal in the 400sl: the Olympic bronze and world double swims in 3’44 “67 behind the German Muhleitner 3 ‘ 43 “91 and the Austrian Auboeck 3’43” 91: “Is gold possible? I want to touch the plate after having given everything without regrets, until the end “.
In the final also Alberto Razzetti, Genoese of 1999, in the 400 medley and Ilaria Cusinato in the 400 med. Unfortunately, the awaited medal of Marco Lodadio in the rings will not arrive: the Roman world vice-champion of the specialty was unable to qualify among the best 8. Ludovico Edalli was also out of the final at 24 of the general competition. All out the girls of the saber, with a very disappointed Rossella Fiamingo. Lorenzo Musetti’s first five-circle experience beaten by the Australian Millman ended after just one game, while Lorenzo Sonego who beat the Japanese Daniel and Fabio Fognini, who eliminated Sugita, went on.
Another 17 people linked to the Tokyo Olympic Games, including an athlete, tested positive for Covid-19. The organizers made it known. Among the 17 new cases are 14 workers and two referees, one of whom was staying at the Athletes’ Village.
July 24, 2021 (change July 24, 2021 | 19:43)
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