Italy medals

Tokyo 2020, highlights day 4-6

We had left the Italian athletes at the gymnastics competition, with surprising Vanessa Ferrari. The last time we checked in with the teams, the Italy medals count was nine. After the last three days at the Olympics, the medals have become 19. And there are more to come. So, the number doubled. How? With women carrying the weight. Sometimes literally.

Let the women do the work

Mara Navarria, Rossella Flamingo, Federica Isola, and Alberta Santuccio are the women of the fencing team. They fought tooth and nail to win the bronze against a strong adversary like China. In the end, the Italians won 23-21, celebrating their Olympics with a medal. So did the team of foil, gaining bronze against the Americans. Another woman, another bronze medal. This one, it carries a specifici weight and it’s 63kg.  This is the weight of the judo champion Maria Centracchio, whose third place felt like a gold.

Surely, the silver of Giorgia Bordignon weighted even more. The Italian weightlifter (64kg category) broke two national records during her competition. In fact, she lifted 104kg in the wrench and 128kg in the throw. Those numbers were worth silver. But some numbers were worth even more.

The second gold in Italy medals

This stunning result comes from the duo of lightweight rowing. In the waters of Japan, the couple made of Federica Cesarini and Valentina Rodini gained the first Olympic gold for this sport since Sidney 2000. Indeed, it has been a while. This is also the first time an Italian women’s duo has won a medal at the Games. In fact, the medal of Sidney came from the men’s lightweight rowing. There is no better way to write history, is there?

“It was a real liberation,” said Cesarini, “now I can say that I am at peace. We knew it would be hard but Federica was also great at managing the competition.” So, working together to win together.

Watch: rowing to victory 

..but even the men surprise

Perhaps the most surprising medal came from Gregorio Paltrinieri, who won silver in the 800 freestyle, swimming. While he’s an international champion, his result at Tokyo 2020 wasn’t sure. In fact, Paltrinieri suffers from mononucleosis. This is an infection with symptoms like exhaustion, weakness, and fever. So, the Italian swimmer wasn’t sure he could do it. But he did. Another swimmer who gained a medal against all odds is Federico Burdisso, who won the bronze in 200 butterfly. With more competitions in the next days, more Italy medals might come.

However, the victories didn’t only come from the pool. They also came from the platform, specifically from the men’s team round of fencing saber. Aldo Montano, Enrico Berre, Luca Curatoli, and Luigi Samele gained the silver during a breathtaking final. Finally, more medals came from the Italian rowing teams. This time it’s two bronze medals, one from the double rowing lightweights and the other from the coxless four. However, not every game was worth a medal.

The other results

Unfortunately, there are no more Italian tennis players at Tokyo 2020. The defeats of both Fognini and Giorgi meant going home without a medal. Better results are coming from the volleyball teams, both men and women. In fact, the women have won all three matches, while the male Italvolley ahs won two. Both seem to be on their way to qualification. The Italbasket is also showing talent, while the women of the basketball 3×3 ended their adventure at the quarterfinals. Instead, the men’s of waterpolo managed to beat the US team 12-11.

The expectations for the gymnasts were high, but the team’s competition stopped at fourth place. Still, sometimes winning isn’t everything.

Worth mentioning

Winning wasn’t everything to swimmer champion Federica Pellegrini. She was the first woman to qualify for five finals of the 200 freestyle. This was her last Olympic, before retiring. To Pellegrini, just making it to the final was a success. In the end, she arrived seventh. And she cried, both from emotion and from relief. It’s the goodbye of an undying champion.

“This has been a great journey, I enjoyed from the beginning to the end. During this final, I was smiling the whole time,” the swimmer said.

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