In swimming a bronze, the fifteenth - which brings up to 25 the total medals won so far by Italy at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics - with the men's 4x100 medley relay. In fencing another blue disaster, the last, with the men's foil team eliminated in the first round in the competition that concludes the fencing program.
After 13 years, Italian sailing returns to the podium of the Olympics. Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti, when only the Medal Race is missing, are already sure to take home at least the silver medal in the Nacra 17 class of Tokyo 2020. In fact, the mixed blue couple, at the top of the general classification since the first day of races, today he has further increased his advantage over the closest rivals of Great Britain and now he can also afford a sixth place in the final race on Tuesday, August 3, to win the gold. If they get worse, then it will be silver, because Germany is third at -24.
Meanwhile, these are the two faces of an Italian night in five circles, enclosed in the words spoken to ANSA by the president of Coni, Giovanni Malagò: "We need a profound reflection on the part of Federscherma, in three years there are the Paris Games: from tomorrow we have to work to rebuild an environment. Congratulations - added Malagò - to the boys of swimming and to the Federation for what they have done: we have shown that we are the best in Europe, even if the Olympics are another competition ".
In the Tokyo Acquatics Center swimming pool the four Azzurri (Thomas Ceccon, Nicolo Martinenghi, Federico Burdisso, Alessandro Miressi) finished behind the USA (gold and world record) and Great Britain in the last swimming competition.
"We are in seventh heaven": this is the happiness expressed by Thomas Ceccon, Nicolo Martinenghi, Federico Burdisso and Alessandro Miressi immediately after the arrival: "In our group there is a great union: we knew that the first two were unattainable. Gold ? We'll get it in Paris 2024 ". The fourth and last fractionist of the US relay was Caeleb Dressell, who shortly before had won the 50 freestyle (with Lorenzo Zazzeri seventh): in total, in Tokyo 2020, for the star-striped phenomenon, they score five golds, of which three individual. In the women's 4x100 medley relay, Italy "touched" to sixth place, with the last hundred meters swam at the Olympics by Federica Pellegrini: "I'm very happy for what awaits me, I can't wait for the next one to start", said theblue who will definitively close his career in November, with the ISL matches in Naples: "Those were incredible years".
Blue swimming greets Tokyo 2020 with six medals (two silvers and four bronzes), one more than fencing (three silvers and two bronzes) which has always been an Italian treasure chest. But in the Japanese capital the Italian fencers went well below expectations, as demonstrated by the early and sensational elimination from the men's foil team test. Alessio Foconi, Daniele Garozzo and Giorgio Avola (who replaced the injured Andrea Cassarà) were defeated by Japan 45-43.
In athletics, waiting for the final of the 100 meters (scheduled at 14.50, with two Italians, Marcell Jacobs and Filippo Tortu, who will be looking for a historic qualification for a couple of hours), the blue Sara Fantini, 23 years old from Fidenza, ranked for the final of the hammer women with the measure of 71.68 which earned her the 12 / o place overall and therefore the admission to the challenge in which the best will play the medals.
Simon Biles also renounces the free body final, scheduled for tomorrow and which sees the blue gymnast Vanessa Ferrari dream of a podium that crowns her Olympic career.