Paltrinieri gold and Acerenza silver, Italian double in the 5 km cross-country


Like in Budapest two years ago, Gregorio Paltrinieri he is still European champion of five thousand meters in open water. Behind him the teammate and training partner Domenico Acerenza, who covered his back for the whole race but tried in the end; at the sprint in the arrival funnel Domenico put the arrow on the left trying to overtake but super Greg did not give up an inch. The first kiss is for his girlfriend Rossella Fiamingo, the champion of fencing, then the hug with the technician Fabrizio Antonelli and off he “high-fives” all the staff, technicians and managers, teammates and opponents.

He wins in 52’13 “5 with seven tenths of advantage over Acerenza (52’14” 2). The French Logane Fontaine e Marc Antoine Olivier they jostle to get the third medal: at first it seems Fontaine, the younger of the two, coming from behind, but from a subsequent check it is clear that Olivier first touched in 52’20 “8. Fontaine recriminates and is fourth (52’21 “3). The third blue in the race Marcello Guidi closes eighth with 52’44, behind the German Klemet and the Hungarians Rasovszky and Betlehem.

«It was a wonderful race – says Gregorio – the first two laps very well, in the third the sea rose a bit and you could feel it. Seeing the beach full of people is spectacular. After two days of bad weather the races have finally arrived and we do them all in two days. It’s beautiful”.

«I wanted to try to overtake him and I tried to the end – Domenico smiles – On the third lap there was a bit of brawl. We have two races on Sunday, it will be another good day, new challenges await us and we are happy. You trained a lot for this appointment and being there is wonderful ». On the podium it is even more so.

Gabbrielleschi bronze in the women’s competition

Feminine Giulia Gabrielleschi she is third, one tenth behind the Spanish Maria De Valdes Alvarez, after having also been in command at the end of the second lap (3332 meters). At the photo finish Alvarez anticipated her to the touch and grabbed the silver with 57’00 “2. She wins the Dutch champion Sharon Van Rouwendaal with 56’58” 7. The blue, coached by Massimiliano Lombardi for Fiamme Oro and Swimmers Pistoiesi, is bronze with 57’00 “3.

A very important medal, which has a particular meaning, because it is Italy’s number 60 in all disciplines at the European Championships in Rome. «I am quite satisfied – she comments – at a certain point in the water I tore a bit, we are satisfied. We all want to do well at these European Championships in Rome, in our city, in front of our audience, which was wonderful even today. We have prepared ourselves for this ». Martina De Memme is ten with 57’36 “9 and Sofie Callo eleventh with 57’54” 3.

European dives, Pellacani gold from 3 meters

Even the ninth day of competitions in Rome brings medals to Italy and to the most precious metal: Chiara Pellacani wins the diving competition from the 3-meter springboard: there are now 20 blue golds in the continental review. Perfect day for her after first place in the morning heats. This is her fourth medal in these European Championships, her second gold after the Team Event.

I am so happy, winning it in Rome is beautiful. – he said at the end of the race – I went on the trampoline with the desire to win, I wanted to do it and with Tommaso (Marconi, the coach) we knew we had prepared it well. I always have the desire to win, I was excited and I have a lot of adrenaline on me, so I don’t feel tired.


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