In the team there is also an 18-year-old millennial who won the qualification as the veteran De Nicolo, in the 10-meter rifle and from three positions: she is Sofia Ceccarello, fresh European champion
The shooting gallery drops its blue cards. There are seven. “Almost all arrived together, one after the other”, says Coni president Giovanni Malagò at the presentation of the team for Tokyo. Uits commissioner Igino Ruggero and technical director Valentina Turisini explain that this is practically a record. Because it is true that in London 2012 we had the same number of athletes, but in the meantime the number of qualifiers in the discipline has decreased “and above all – recalls Turisini – two races came out of the program where among other things we were competitive”.
But it is not the time for recriminations, more than anything else to fill up with confidence. The team is young with five new players out of seven. The veteran is Marco De Nicolo, who will compete with the rifle from 10 meters and three positions. For him it is the sixth Olympiad. Riccardo Mazzetti is also not at his debut, he will be engaged in the automatic pistol and for him it will be his number two participation after the sixth place in Rio de Janeiro. In the team there is also a millennial who is just 18 years old and who has won the qualification as De Nicolo, in the 10-meter rifle and from three positions, it is Sofia Ceccarello, fresh European champion. Then Tommaso Chelli (automatic pistol), Marco Suppini and Lorenzo Bacci (both in the 10 meter rifle and 3 positions), Paolo Monna (10 meter pistol). For Turisini, silver in 2004 in Athens, everyone can be competitive but “the competition has grown a lot, especially thanks to the Asian countries”.
And then it is clear that there is a bit of nostalgia. Niccolò Campriani does not replace himself in an instant and his three gold medals between London and Rio are a formidable harvest but which perhaps cannot even explain the importance of the character in the movement. “Among other things, he would have been a very valid candidate for the role of standard-bearer”, Malagò says again. Campriani will in any case be in Tokyo because he has now moved to Lausanne where he has been successfully working at the IOC for years and where he has also given impetus to a shooting school for refugees and asylum seekers that will have an Eritrean girl, Luna, competing in Japan. Solomon. In short, even without competing for him too, Tokyo will be a great challenge.
June 11 – 7:47 pm
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