From the triumph of Wembley to the 40 medals of the Games, to the European gold of the national volleyball teams for men and women. To the successes of Ganna
Wednesday ends summer, hopefully not even the magic of the most exciting seventy days of our sporting life.
Filippo Ganna who from the gold mine of the time trial extracts the second consecutive world nugget and De Giorgi’s national team that returns to the roof of Europe sixteen years after the last continental success, in this abundance they seem obvious events and instead they are two companies crazy, the umpteenth made in Italy.
It was Sunday 11 July when the company of celestini led by Roberto Mancini conquered Wembley, winning the European Championship on penalties against England, and it already seemed incredible that, on the same day and in the same place – London, just 18 km between the stadium of the football final and the most famous one of tennis – twelve Italians were busy rewriting a bit of history. A few hours before the triumph of the national team, which brought the cup home 53 years after Rome ’68 (it’s coming home, but ours, of home), in fact, Matteo Berrettini broke a 61-year long tab (Pietrangeli, 1960) by facing world number one Novak Djokovic for the Wimbledon title.
A lot of Italy on the news of the world who knows when it will happen again, we thought seeing the Azzurri and Berrettini celebrating on the same bus, brothers of sport and fans, united forever by one of those embraces of destiny that no script could foresee. it was enough to wait twelve days, just the time that Naomi Osaka turned on the tripod inside the Olympic stadium in Tokyo: at that moment, the Summer Olympics began, which would have collected under the banner the greatest number of podiums from Athens 1896 onwards.
Forty medals (10 golds, 10 silvers, 20 bronzes), forty bubbles gushed from the bottle of sparkling wine uncorked by Mancini at the European Championship, as if that success had unlocked the memories of a country accustomed to winning but not always or everywhere, clearing unknown emotions: five gold medals in athletics at the Games had never been seen before, we were stopped at the three of the boycotted editions (Damilano, Mennea, Simeoni in Moscow ’80; Cova, Andrei and Dorio in Los Angeles ’84).
The triumph of Vito Dell’Aquila in taekwondo showed the way, then the impossible happened. The ten minutes ten in which Gimbo Tamberi took the top at the top of five very long years in the waiting room and Marcell Jacobs the 100 putting the world behind him in a flash (9 “80) summarize well the euphoric disbelief in front of a glorious and exaggerated Olympiad, probably unrepeatable, which has prolonged its beneficial effects until the threshold of autumn. The teams that had disappointed in Tokyo, the two Italians of volleyball, drank their well-deserved balm in Europe, Mazzanti’s girls in the home of Serbian enemies in Belgrade and the boys in Katowice with Slovenia. Camila Giorgi, in the quarterfinals in Tokyo, won her first career Master 1000 in Montreal. Filippo Ganna never stopped pedaling from Olympic gold in the team pursuit: against time he beat the Belgians, Van Aert and Evenepoel, in Belgium. An enterprise within the enterprise. Having disposed of the extra kilos of the post-Japan celebrations, Tamberi put on his finger – the first Italian – the diamond of the Diamond League, the highest track in athletics.
And Filippo Tortu, last relay runner of the legendary 4×100 gold in Tokyo, on Saturday in Nairobi he ran the 200 in 20 “11, staff retouched by 23 cents, pass for the 2022 World Championship grabbed, second Italian ever in the half lap of the track after Pietro Mennea (19 ”72). Hey you, autumn, come forward: we are not afraid of you.
September 20, 2021 (change September 20, 2021 | 07:01)
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