UDINE. Italy junior won 7 medals at the World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The bulletin is of one gold, five silvers and one bronze.
Of these, two silvers were won by athletes from Friuli Venezia Giulia: Distefano (Saturnia) in the 4th without and Gnatta (Lignano) in the 4th of a female couple.
After the qualifying races on the Maritza River, all six regional athletes won the final, a result that speaks volumes about their value and that of their technicians.
After the finals on Sunday morning, August 15, Antonio Distefano got on the podium who, together with Gilli, Kushnir and Bardelli, won a silver medal.
Highly technical competition that saw Italy start strong followed by Spain and Germany. The Iberians passed in the lead in the first split time, but the Azzurrini were close there.
Spain’s advantage increased, while behind them the brawl broke out with Germany in second position and Italy third. The last 400 were decisive when the Spaniards flew towards victory, while Distefano & C. unleashed the fight going alongside the Germans and then overcoming them decisively in the last meters thus conquering second place.
Coach Spartaco Barbo’s comment: «They tried because I saw them start more decisively and they expressed more speed than in previous races and this took them a little” over the top “in the middle of the race, but then they were good at restarting. and to grab second place.
A silver in the world championship in the first year in the category will be a stimulus for Antonio to continue to believe in himself and improve himself ».