The unforgettable 2021 of Italian sport continues. After the summer binge of medals, cups and victories here is another great feat at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. In Kytakyushu, Japan, Nicola Bartolini in fact, he won the gold medal in the free body, a specialty in which Italy had never climbed to the top step of the podium.
Medal after 55 years
The 25-year-old from Quartu Sant’Elena, at the first world final of his career and the most “senior” in the race with 25 years, has imposed himself by performing an exercise with very few smears that earned him a remarkable score of 14,800 in front of the Japanese Kazuki Minami (14,766) and to the Finnish Emil Soravuo (14,700). With Bartolini’s achievement, the Italy of men’s artistic gymnastics returns to the top of the world after 24 years, that is, from Lausanne 1997 when Yuri Chechi won his second consecutive world gold medal in the rings. In the history of the free body specialty, Sardinian gymnastics registered for the Pro Patria Bustese updated the Italian medal table which was left only to the two bronzes by Franco Menichelli, in 1962 in Prague and in 1966 in Dortmund.
D’Amato silver in the vault
“It had never happened that an Italian won a World Championship in the free body. Nicola Bartolini this morning gives us this great joy! Thanks Nicola and Federgistici compliments. What a fantastic time for Italian sport!” wrote on twitter Valentina Vezzali, Undersecretary for Sport. But that’s not all because after the Sardinian athlete’s feat, another medal for Italy arrived. Thanks to Asia D’Amato, silver in the vaulting: the 18-year-old Genoese of the Fiamme Oro Sports Group of the State Police closes with 14,083 points, behind the Brazilian Rebecca Andrade who secured the world title with 14,966 points. The bronze is worn by the Russian Angelina Melnikova.