Verani’s scream: gold (in the sprint) in the 25 km cross-country, Italy closes the World Cup with a bang


Verani’s scream: gold (in the sprint) in the 25 km cross-country, Italy closes the World Cup with a bang
Written by aquitodovale

from Arianna Ravelli

The blue,: “I have to be honest: from the beginning of the year we thought we could do it, but now I feel like I’m living a dream, I feel in heaven”

Italy is a powerhouse of swimming, over all distances
: from the speed in the swimming pool to the open water Caimans marathon, the Azzurri at the World Championships in Budapest are always there, among the best. He succeeds in everything, including winning a 25km sprint by beating the favorite. The author of the enterprise is Dario Verani, 27, from Cecina,
graduated in Economics, it is he who closes the expedition with a bang: he takes the gold medal in the longest race, the 25 km swim in the waters of Lupa Lake, where yesterday Gregorio Paltrinieri won gold in 10 (with the silver by Domenico Acerenza).

Verani, like Acerenza, is another of the magic circle that is he trains with Greg under the guidance of Fabrizio Antonelli and last year at the European Championships, swimming in these same waters, he won the bronze in the 5 km (with Greg always gold): today with a time of 5h02’21 “50 he preceded the French Axel Reymond (5h02’22” 70 ), a favorite, who had always led the race in the lead for 24.5 km. But in the final cone Dario puts the winning hit: he starts in a rocket, passes the Frenchman at double speed and overtakes him by 1 “ 2. Bronze for the Hungarian Peter Galicz in 5h02’35 ”40. Seventh place for the other blue Matteo Furlan in 5h02’53 “8.

Dario is used to working hard: until a few years ago he was an honest swimmer in the Len Cup or World Cup, now, after a lot of work, he is the first in the world. “Few believed in me, I believed it and we succeeded. I dedicate this medal to my family, to the Army sports center, a Francesca, to all the people who made this dream possible. In the medal there is also a lot of anger, joy and suffering », his first words.

And if last year he had been bronze in the 5 km, the intuition was then to move him over longer distances. «Dario had a perfect race last year here in cold water, but we understood that it was the culmination of a career in the“ fast ”race. From the data we had we saw that he had muscular endurance and then he has an ability to kick in and close quickly. This has brought us to here. He is an attentive punctual guy and his medal means a lot. He represents the non-talent that he wins through work and self-denial. He now he starts from here and now we will try to exploit this enthusiasm for the Europeans that we will play at home. We have everything there in Ostia and therefore we will try to do our best in front of our audience

His scream as he comes out of the water is a kind of liberation: «This race tests you physically and morally. I have a sense of lightness and this medal is a liberation ». He and Antonelli have always believed in us: «With my coach since the beginning of the year we had this performance in mind. I’m over the moon because the race I wanted to do has come out. I stayed at the feet of the French favorite and I knew I had something more in the last hundred meters – Dario’s first words -. I was not satisfied, once I was there I had to take advantage of it: it is truly a dream. .

June 30, 2022 (change June 30, 2022 | 15:23)

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