Fabbri and Dosso, two records for Italian athletics

90 seconds were enough to write a new chapter in the history of Italian athletics which, 23 days before the European Championships in Rome, gives rise to hope. Authors of a cool but intense afternoon in Savona – the event was the ‘Meeting City of Savona’ at Fontanassa – which will remain in the memory for a long time, theto sprinter Zaynab Dosso e the pitcher Leonardo Fabbri. She, a 24-year-old native of the Ivory Coast but Emilian since she was ten, in just over an hour improved the Italian 100 meters record twice, bringing it first to 11″12 and then to a sensational 11″02. He, 27 years old from Florence, threw the shot put at 22.95 meters, improving Alessandro Andrei’s legendary national shot put record after almost 37 years. That 22.91 set on the ‘magical’ evening of 12 August 1987 in Viareggio by the then Tuscan policeman – in 1984 it was also Olympic gold and in September ’87 world championship silver – was also a world record until the following May. Fabbri’s measurement is the fifth ever in the world behind the American Ryan Crouser capable of 23.56 (2023), the other American Joe Kovacs with 23.23 (2022), the American Randy Barnes with 23, 12 (1990) and the East German, Ulf Timmermann with 23.06 (1988), or eleven centimeters more than the blue.


For the Air Force thrower coached by the former Italian Paolo Dal Soglio and world champion silver medalist in Budapest last August, this is the best measure of the season which gives us hope in view of both the European Championships at the Foro Italico and the Paris Olympics. In Savona, Leonardo had thrown three other times over twenty-two meters before measuring the record (22.67, 22.47 and 22.45). “I finally got this provincial record (he said it laughing, ed.) for having taken away the Italian record from another Florentine, I’m really happy, I saw my coach Paolo Dal Soglio cry and I cried too – said Fabbri -. It’s crazy stuff, Alessandro Andrei means everything to me, if I’m here it’s thanks to him. I always had a shadow of him growing up, all I needed was this record and I did it. I really liked it because I’m still not very well, the upper part is always very fast: I’m so confident.”


After having held the record for just over half a year together with Manuela Levorato, it can now boast of being the only fastest woman in Italy. Zaynab Dosso, after stopping the clock at 11″12 in the heat, a record improved by two hundredths, did even better in the final: 11″02 with the anemometer recording ‘+0.9’ meters per second, therefore very regular. The Fiamme Azzurre sprinter who trains at the ‘Paolo Rosi’ stadium in Rome following Giorgio Frinolli’s work programme, was not intimidated by the wet track and a temperature that was anything but favorable for sprinters in the Ligurian meeting, just 16 degrees. After almost 23 years, Zaynab has archived the historic national record of Levorato of 11″14 which dates back to 4 July 2001 established in Lausanne.


Levorato’s was the longest-standing record in the women’s 100 meters in Italy since the post-war period. Seventeen years had passed between the record of Marisa Masullo, 11″29 (24 June 1980), and that of Giada Gallina, 11″23 (4 July 1997). “I’m very happy, I was aware of it – said Zaynab -. Last year here in Savona I injured myself in the warm-up, certainly a bad memory and for this reason I wanted to return to create new memories and it went well”. The icing on the cake was Mattia Furlani’s under 20 world record in the long jump. The Italian landed at 8.36 metres, getting ever closer to Andrew Howe’s Italian record of 8.47 and Giovanni Evangelisti’s 8.43 is also just seven centimetres. The Furlani’s performance is the second overall of the season together with that of the Olympic champion Miltiadis Tentoglou and just four centimeters behind the Jamaican Wayne Pinnock.

By Editor

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