It is a night to remember forever for Italian sport, with a blue that become the fastest man in the world. Marcell Jacobs lives in Rome and comes from Desenzano del Garda and today crashing opponents won the gold of the 100 meters of the Olympics, the most important race of the Games, writing a page of history not only of sport but of a nation. Who had just finished cheering for the victory in the European football championships and now she finds herself mad with joy again. Within ten minutes, gold went to ‘Gimbo’ Tamberi in the high jump and then to Marcell Jacobs who darted at the pace of 45 and a half steps in 9 “80, demolishing the European record he had set shortly before in the semifinals. go crazy, and first i know it two champions who on the track do not stop hugging each other covered by the tricolor flags. They do it even after more than an hour from their respective races, after yet another interview because they are back on track and do not want to stop celebrating.
But everyone wants the Jacobs lightning, the successor of Usain Bolt in the register of the Games, something that, if you think about it after Rio 2016, you don’t even believe it. It was not enough for the policeman from Desenzano to have succeeded where not even Mennea and Berruti, never in the final of the 100: he wanted the best and he took it on this day to remember forever. In fact, you can’t find something like this in your memory: 9 “80 (and with practically zero wind) means an average speed of 38.4 km / h on 100 meters, with a peak of 43.3 km / h. What else to say? Just a pity that the stadium was empty, but the emotion overwhelmed everyone, starting with athletes and technicians (not only Italians) who played the type first for Gianmarco and immediately after for Marcell. The way he raced in the semifinals he made it clear that something great was going to happen, and so it did, as it did at the beginning of the year in the indoor European Championships in Poland.
So the boy already father of three at 26 years old, born in Texas and returned to Italy at the age of two (“in fact I’m learning English now”) now you will get yet another tattoo. He already has a collection on his body, but how can you not celebrate a gold in the 100 at the Olympics? On his back he has a tiger, then on his body the dates of birth of the children and of the mother. And again a globe, the compass rose, the inscription ‘carpe diem, the Colosseum with a gladiator and the five circles of the Olympics. In short, there is little space, but the boy does not lack inventiveness and he finds a solution because the glory of the Games must be celebrated.
“I’m here – he says now overwhelmed by emotion -, I don’t know when I will really be able to realize it, maybe in a week.
I had nothing to lose, and then when I saw Gimbo win gold a few minutes earlier, I got really excited. I said ‘Why can’t I do it too?’, And then I started running, running as fast as I could. And now I’m here. And I’m the happiest person in the world. ” The special dedication is for the grandfather who is no longer there but she has always believed in him, and thanks go to Nicoletta Romanazzi, the mental coach thanks also to whom he became the champion of the Games, and who from Rome says that Jacobs’ secret, on which she worked, was “to solve the relationship with his father (whom he has not seen for years ed), being himself the father of three children. This has unlocked him, now he enters the track more aware of what he can do with his legs. He had certain performances in his potential, it just had to unlock. ” He did it in Tokyo, leaving those who were out of breath, and entering the gallery of the immortals by right.
Jacobs and Tamberi in history (Photo Ansa)
Tamberi gold above
Gold celebration for the blue, after winning the noblest medal in the high jump of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics tied with Mutaz Barshim, rejoices and cries in front of the plaster of the injury that forced him to give up the Rio 2016 Olympics. On the plaster, the writing ‘Road to Tokyo 2020’ still stands out, with 2020 canceled and ‘2021’ added underneath. “I can’t believe it, I went through infinite difficulties but I did it: I won the Olympics”, Gianmarco screamed to Rai microphones. “Something stratospheric: I’ll never sleep again,” he added to Raisport’s microphones. “After the injury I cried a lot, but then I told myself I had to believe it and I did it”.
“Two is better than one”. Two is better than one, so Mutaz Barshim, smiling and looking at Gianmarco Tamberi, justifies in a nice little theater the decision to bet on gold ex aequo in the high jump at the Tokyo Olympics, in front of the judge, after equal merit in the jumps . The two are friends and have experienced the same problems of injuries that have blocked them for a long time and forced them to chase time. The blue also losing the Rio 2016 Olympics: “Mutaz is the best jumper in the world, there are no doubts”, Tamberi admits, “for me instead – continues the blue – it’s a dream come true”.
Jacobs’ gold (Photo Ansa)
At the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, the blue closed the second semifinal of the three semifinals in seventh place with a time of 10 “ 16. The first two of each semifinal go directly to the final.
Excellent first times
The Italy that was struggling to find gold at the Tokyo Games is also that of the first excellent times. The other side of the medal table, in which the Azzurri are far from the positions of the past, tells a truth that has so far been rather hidden and now brought to the fore by the flash of Marcell Jacobs that flies to the final in the 100 meters. One’feat never accomplished by a blue, not even since Berruti e Mennea that they also won the Olympics in speed: but it was the prolonged one of 200. I 100 meters instead are the Olympics Race, the one that the whole world looks upon and yearns for. It has an enormous reach, from all points of view, including the social one because it is a commercial for sport and can push many young people to do it seriously. The same goes for Tamberi whose sports history is, moreover, worthy of a TV series.
Tamberi: gold (Photo Ansa)
The bronze of Irma
The bronze medal won by is also of great value Irma Testa in boxing, the first of a blue: just over 25 years ago it was forbidden for a woman to fight in the ring in what is called the “noble art” as men have done for centuries. On the social level, the debut of blue women on the podium of weightlifting and rowing or even the first individual medal of Molise (also the one with a woman as protagonist, in judo) has an evident meaning also opposed to the difficulties of historical disciplines that have always been precious metal mines for Italian sport. And from a technical point of view, the first time of the medal won by the 4 percent freestyle relay is objectively very heavy and the bronze medal of the four mixed styles relay also has great appeal. With swords and rifles down, with which in the past a large part of the Olympic medal table was made, Italy, which in the endless summer of sport also gave itself the first time of a blue in the final at Wimbledon, turns out to be different: perhaps less successful but not necessarily worse.
Swimming, it’s bronze
In I swim a bronze, the fifteenth – which brings up to 25 the total of medals so far conquered by Italy at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics – with the men’s 4×100 medley relay. In the fencing a another blue disasteror, the last, with the men’s foil team eliminated in the first round in the competition that concludes the fencing program.
The sail on the podium
After 13 years, Italian sailing returns to the podium of the Olympics. Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti, when only the Medal Race is missing, they are already sure to take home at least the silver medal in the Nacra 17 class of Tokyo 2020. In fact the blue mixed couple, at the top of the general classification since the first day of racing, today increased further advantage over the closest rivals of Great Britain and now he can also afford a sixth place in the final regatta on Tuesday, August 3, to win the gold. If they get worse, then it will be silver, because Germany is third at -24.
In the meantime, these are the two faces of an Italian night in Five circles, enclosed in the words spoken to ANSA by president of Coni, Giovanni Malagò: “We need a deep reflection on the part of Federscherma, in three years there are the Paris Games: from tomorrow we must work to rebuild an environment. Congratulations – added Malagò – to the swimming boys and to the Federation for what they have done : we have shown that we are the best in Europe, even if the Olympics are another competition “.
The bronze in swimming
In the Tokyo Acquatics Center swimming pool the four blues (Thomas Ceccon, Nicolo Martinenghi, Federico Burdisso, Alessandro Miressi) finished behind the USA (gold and world record) and Great Britain in the last swimming competition.
“We are in seventh heaven”: this is the happiness expressed by Thomas Ceccon, Nicolo Martinenghi, Federico Burdisso and Alessandro Miressi immediately after the arrival: “In our group there is a great union: we knew that the first two were unattainable. Gold ? We’ll get it in Paris 2024 “. The fourth and last fractionist of the US relay was Caeleb Dressell, who shortly before had won the 50 freestyle (with Lorenzo Zazzeri seventh): in total, in Tokyo 2020, for the star-striped phenomenon, they score five golds, of which three individual. In the women’s 4×100 medley relay, Italy “touched” to sixth place, with the last hundred meters swam at the Olympics by Federica Pellegrini: “I’m very happy for what awaits me, I can’t wait for the next one to start”, said the blue who will definitively end his career in November, with the ISL matches in Naples: “Those were incredible years”. Blue swimming greets Tokyo 2020 with six medals (two silvers and four bronzes), one more than fencing (three silvers and two bronzes) which has always been an Italian treasure chest. But in the Japanese capital the Italian fencers went well below expectations, as demonstrated by the early and sensational elimination from the men’s foil team test. Alessio Foconi, Daniele Garozzo and Giorgio Avola (who replaced the injured Andrea Cassarà) were defeated by Japan 45-43.