Women’s foil, the scream of Alice Volpi: overwhelms Arianna Errigo in the derby. Santarelli in the sword in the semifinals

TOKYO. The new leader of the Italian foil is Alice Foxes. She has a Brazilian mother, an Olympic champion boyfriend, she comes from Siena, and her screams are rocking the Olympic tournament. Inhuman screams in the Makuhari Messe Hall, which also accompanied his victory in the derby with Arianna Errigo, overwhelmed by a series of jabs up to a 10-0 matured without being able to find an opposition, always taken against the clock by her partner ready to withdraw and hit. After a shocking start the Monza, world champion 2013 and 2014, now resident in Frascati, managed to find the thread of her fencing, going up to 11-7, but Alice did not get lost and placed the last four jabs that they served. At that point he released four screams of his own, as in the painful assault with the German Leonie Ebert in the round of 16. A winning outburst that preceded another blue enterprise, with the swordsman Andrea Santarelli arrived in the semifinal after beating the Japanese Yamada: “Even if the atmosphere is muffled due to the lack of public, here we are still at the Olympics. Now let’s play this semifinal”. Against the number 1 on the scoreboard, the Hungarian Siklosi.

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Arianna Errigo left the platform avoiding comments, obviously altered. Alice, on the other hand, had the face of someone who has lifted a weight, the weight of the Olympic debut at the age of twenty-nine after having witnessed Trillini, Vezzali, Di Francisca as a spectator at the time. “It is never easy to face a partner, I was good at thinking about one assault at a time before I found Arianna. I was very nervous, tense, certainly she too, but I tried not to be in a hurry, to remain lucid and this allowed me At the beginning of the second heat she recovered, in the past I would have started running like a crazy horse, but instead I said to myself: “Calm down, let her come forward”. It went well “. Now the semifinal with the dominatrix of women’s foil, the Russian Inna Deriglazova, who beat Elisa Di Francisca in Rio: “I have to give it my all, only me is left in the race and I will try to bring home” that “medal”.

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Alice Volpi had already been tested against the German Ebert in the second round, against an underdog, but went ahead 5-1 in the first half, then 8-5 in the second, a gap that had dug inside the Sienese foil player. After the comeback-calvary, a series of impressive screams that pierced the usual sound of the fencing pavilion without spectators. As is rare to hear even in a sport like fencing where the psychological pressure is compressed before expanding with a successful jab, a classic by Valentina Vezzali. But Alice Volpi, 29, from Siena, world champion in Wuxi 2018, girlfriend of the foil gold in Rio Daniele Garozzo, she doesn’t usually let herself go in such an impressive way. She tells it immediately after the victory with Ebert: “I was scared, at first I couldn’t get my legs to be controlled by my head, then I finally broke up. They gave me two yellow cards, one of which maybe could fit, the other not. Now I hope the tension is gone. For me it is the first Olympics, coming from a period without competitions: a lot of emotions that come all together. ” If there are tennis players accustomed to moans and screams that gave birth to the tennis-screaming genre, Alice Volpi assures that she is not used to these events: “It doesn’t happen to me, but we must remember that we come from a long period in which we trained. with no stimuli and races in sight. Luckily all this passed faster than I thought. “

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