The magical three months, to be exact 92 days, which led or confirmed theItaly of sport on top of the world. From 3 July to 3 October Italy dominated in many sports. With its athletes has colored a fantastic summer with blue making millions of Italians rejoice glued in front of televisions or simple but highly advanced smartphones.
The legendary Olympiad with 40 medals won, never so many in history, the superlative Paralympics where the podiums have been ben 69, the European football title in the ‘temple’ of Wembley by beating England on penalties, the two continental volleyball titles with the addition of the world historical one of men’s volleyball under 21, the many triumphs of cycling and the successes in the world of the engines. All exciting moments that make Italian sport become among the most complete and varied on the international chessboard.
The magical summer of Italian sport it had opened on 3 July with the victory of the European title of the softball blues. On the Friulian diamond of Castions di Strada the pink movement of Italian ‘beat and run’ had beaten the Netherlands by 9 to 5 thus raising the crown of Europe for the twelfth time.
Eight days later, Sunday 11, under the eyes of the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, Roberto Mancini’s Azzurri had beaten England on penalties (2.1). On the grass of Wembley the English took the lead with Show then the equalizer by Bonucci and at the end the penalties with the goalkeeper Donnarumma great protagonist. To attend the final of the European football championship, postponed from summer 2020 due to coronavirus pandemic, was also there Matteo Berrettini than a few hours earlier in the Wimbledon final he had surrendered in four sets to the world number one of tennis Novak Djokovic. It had never happened in 134 editions that an Italian arrived until the final of the prestigious London tournament. The days go by and the expectations around Italian sport are growing day by day.
July 23 the long.awaited Olympics open in Tokyo. Tokyo 2020 it should have been disputed twelve months earlier but Covid.19 he had forced the first historical postponement of a five.ring event: never since 1896 except for war reasons. With a record shipment – 384 qualified athletes in 36 sports and almost gender equality (197 men and 187 women) – Italy Team has flown with so many dreams in the land of the Rising Sun closed to the rest of the world being in a state of emergency for health reasons. Per ten times the notes of the Mameli Hymn have been heard. Italy’s booty was also enriched by ten silvers and twenty bronzes.
There was a legendary, incredible, memorable day: the ‘bestial Sunday’ of August 1st. Tokyo Olympic Stadium, in eleven minutes the apotheosis that no one had ever dreamed of. First Gianmarco Tamberi wins gold in the high jump five years the painful resignation from the Rio Games and shortly after an Italian, Marcell Jacobs, wins the 100 meters at the Olympics printing the stellar time of 9 ”80, European record. Athletics will give another three golds, two from the march with Antonella Palmisano and Massimo Stano, and the one signed by the four 4×100 musketeers, Patta, Jacobs, Desalu and Tortu. Also in the team pursuit in track cycling: gold for Francesco Lamon, Simone Consonni, Jonathan Milan and Filippo Ganna. In Federica Pellegrini’s farewell Olympics, the ‘Divine’ of swimming, and of six swimming medals, the first gold medal of a mixed couple, the one in sailing with Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti in Nacra 17.
In day of August the Italian women’s tennis back to the top of the world. Thanks to Camila Giorgi who in Montreal beats the Czech Karolína Plísková 6.3, 7.5, becoming the second Italian ever to win a WTA1000 tournament after Flavia Pennetta. A couple of weeks go by and the spotlight they are still focused on the capital of Japan. At the Paralympics Italy plays an absolute leading role finishing the medal table in ninth place thanks to his 69 medals, 14 of them gold.
It was the edition of the great confirmation of the immense Bebe Vio in fencing, of the many swimmers capable of establishing themselves at world level but also of another feat, the hat.trick in the 100 meters in athletics signed by Ambra Sabatini (with a lot of world record of 14 “11), Martina Caironi and Monica Graziana Contrafatto, three girls amputated of one leg and with as many different life stories.
With the Paralympics nearing the end the European title of women’s volleyball has arrived. Paola Egonu and her companions made up for Serbia’s interests by beating it in their ‘den’, at the Stark Arena in Belgrade for 3 to 1. For Italvolley in pink the third magical continental title. Staying at volleyball on September 19th at the end of one hard.fought game against Slovenia won by 3 to 2, the men’s Italy of Fefè De Giorgi puts on the showcase the seventh European title.
September is confirmed as the month of volleyball. In Mexico, the Italian under 18 women’s national team won silver by being beaten 3.0 by Russia. September is also the month of great cycling. At the European road championships in Trento there are four Italian golds, Sonny Colbrelli in the online test, Silvia Zanardi in the online race under 23, Vittoria Guazzini in the under 23 time trial and in the mixed time trial. Filippo Ganna, Olympic gold medalist with the quartet, is silver at the continental event but at the World Championships in Flanders he scores and confirms himself as the fastest time trial on planet earth.
Little September parenthesis for baseball with Italy bronze at the European Championships in Piedmont. On 9 September Gianmarco Tamberi wins the ‘Weltklasse’ in Zurich with 2.34 and becomes the first Italian in history to win the Diamond League. On day 18, Filippo Tortu amazes everyone: in the distant Nairobi he prints 20 “11 on 200 meters and becomes the second Italian faster than ever on 200 after Pietro Mennea’s 19 ”72 dated September 1979. On September 26 in Mantua, the Italy of motocross becomes the strongest team in the world (it happened in 1999 and 2002) by winning the ‘Nations Trophy’.
To accomplish the feat, Antonio Cairoli, Alessandro Lupino and Mattia Guadagnini. Yesterday, October 3, another magical Sunday. Colbrelli imposes himself in the sprint in the legendary ‘Paris.Roubaix’. Sonny is the 14th Italian to conquer the race nicknamed ‘the Hell of the North’.
The latest success Italian dated 22 years ago with Andrea Tafi. In Sofia, in the meantime, Jannik Sinner won the ATP 250 in Sofia for the second consecutive year. The blue tennis player, who had said ‘no’ to the Tokyo Olympics, in the final he won in two sets (6.3, 6.4), the transalpine Gael Monfils. In the evening, volleyball is the icing on the cake. After losing four finals, Italy under 21 became world champion. In Cagliari the Italians beat Russia’s resistance with a sharp 3 to 1. Now a “break” of a few weeks, at the end of the month alpine skiing will start and then gradually the other snow and ice sports all projected towards the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing which will open on Friday 4th February 2022.