Italy drops poker in swimming at the 2022 Mediterranean Games with four golds, two silvers and five bronzes from the Oran tank: the flurry of results allows the blue expedition to reach 100 medals.
The first success is packaged by Fabio Scozzoli, first in the 50 breaststroke with a time of 26 ”97 (new competition record) ahead of the Turkish Emre Sakci (27” 00) and the Slovenian Peter John Stevens (27 ”46).
A time that allows the blue captain of swimming in Algeria to qualify for the European swimming championships in Rome. “I’m happy, I was looking for confirmation, the last few years have not been easy with injuries and covids, I also had a good time and qualified for the European Championships in Rome, and it’s always nice to hear the anthem playing for you “, said Scozzoli after the success. “The next goal for me is the European Championships in Rome. For an Italian, participating in a home event is an incredible emotion and at 34 I didn’t want to deprive myself of it after missing the World Championships in Rome in 2009 for a few cents. ‘time to compete in Rome, I will finally be able to experience this emotion with the stadium full “, explained the blue.
Then it is Filippo Megli who plays the Mameli anthem by swimming 100 freestyle in 49 ”net and preceding the Portuguese De Matos by two cents. Bronze for Alessandro Bori in 49 ”12. Then comes the Italian double in the women’s 100 breaststroke with Lisa Angiolini’s gold (1’07 ”59), and Anita Bottazzo’s silver (1’08” 14). Gold also Pier Andrea Matteazzi who dominates the 400 medley swimming in 4’13 ”83. Silver to the Slovenian Fers Erzen (4’19 “63), bronze to the other blue Pier Paolo Sarpe (4’20” 41). But the Azzurri also go on the podium in the 50 butterfly with Viola Scotto di Carlo, silver (26 ”25) and Sonia Laquintana, bronze (26” 38). Bronze for Alice Mizzau in the 200 freestyle in 1’59 “95, while Martina Rita Caramignoli is bronze medal in the 800 sl (8: 31.75).
Then came three other medals from the blue athletics in Oran. Silver by Eloisa Coiro in the 800 meters in 2.0140, beaten only by the Turkish Guliyev Ekaterine (2.01.08), the bronze by Virgiani Troiani in the 400 meters and that of Ossama Meslek in the 1,500 meters, the 100th of the Azzurri at the Mediterranean Games.
But the day of the blues is accompanied by three other golds. Barbara Guarischi won the gold medal in the cycling road race dominating the final sprint. Then four more medals, two of which are of the most precious metal from weightlifting. Lucrezia Magistris won two medals in the 59 kg category, gold in the snatch and silver in the sprint. In the tear the blue won by lifting 95 kg on the Greek Sofia Georgopoullou with 94 kg and on the Turkish Cansel Ozkan with 92 kg.
In the momentum Magistris had to settle for second place lifting 114 kg, failing the 118 kg, behind the Tunisian Ghofrane Belkhir gold with 115 kg, while the bronze goes to the Egyptian Basma Ibrahim. While Mirko Zanni won the gold medal in the 73 kg weightlifting snatch test. The blue won by lifting 150 kg, according to the Albanian Qerimaj (149) and the Tunisian Ben Hnia third. Zanni himself also took the bronze medal in the momentum test, lifting 177 kg. Gold to Tunisian Ben Hnia (185 kg), silver to Ozbek Turkish (184 kg).
Finally, the Italy of women’s volleyball qualifies for the final of the Mediterranean Games. The blues have clearly beaten Spain 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-22), replicating the success of the group stage and now they will go for gold against Turkey who had overtaken the blues in a match of the group. The men’s volleyball team was defeated by Croatia 1-3 (24-26; 22-25; 25-21; 24-26) in the semifinals. The Azzurri will then play the final for third place against the loser of Spain-France on July 4th.
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