Tokyo, August 6, 2021 – Italy in the 4×100 relay wins the gold medal Everyone Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The dip of Filippo Tortu on the finish line the most precious metal to hang around the neck is worth. Gold medal number 10 for Italy at these Olympic Games: in total there are 38, an absolute record for the Italian team at an Olympics.
Lorenzo Patta, Marcell Jacobs, Fausto Desalu and Filippo Tortu they finished in first place with a time of 37 “50, a new Italian record, ahead of Great Britain (37” 51) and Canada (37 “70). Athletics Italian at these Olympic Games does not stop collecting amazing results, especially in speed: after Marcell Jacobs’ gold in the 100 meters which in fact marked an era, now the feat of the men’s 4×100 relay.
The race finale was incredible. After the excellent fractions of Patta at the start, the burning one of Jacobs and the very solid one of Desalu, the final one saw the protagonist of the Cake, capable of reassembling the Great Britain and to finish first on the finish line. The look at the stopwatch, hands in hair, then the expectation and joy together with teammates: Italy is the fastest team in the world at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Jacobs: “We said to ourselves: let’s win”
“Before entering the track we decided to win this gold medal”, so Marcell Jacobs commented on the gold medal won. “Here we are look into your eyes and we believed it. Who would have expected this gold medal? We are now on top of the world. Yesterday a gold, today another, tonight still another. When I get back to my room I’ll try to cry. For Italy it is something incredible “.
Tortu: “A dream”
Filippo Tortu daydream: “This is the most beautiful emotion imaginable and to dream. When I left (in the last fraction, ed) I saw that the British was there, by my side. At that moment I just thought about being relaxed and running as calmly as possible. I knew I could take it and get over it. On the finish line I couldn’t believe it that it was all true. I immediately asked if we had really won and that was it. When I saw ‘Italy’ on the scoreboard I didn’t even look at the weather, which is stratospheric, but I didn’t care. “
Desalu: “What a group”
Fausto Desalu he smiles and is pampered by his teammates: “We really are a nice group and that made the difference in getting this gold. For being the second time I have been running corners in a relay race, I found myself quite well. We worked hard, the thing that made the difference is the great group. We are truly united “.
Patta: “I’m very happy”
Jokes Lorenzo Patta: “It’s my first Olympics, I think it went well. I’m very happy, in seventh heaven even if it doesn’t seem like it. I still don’t believe it, I thank them three, my teammates for this great gift “.
Who are the blues
Lorenzo Patta, Marcell Jacobs, Fausto Desalu and Filippo Tortu: here are the four protagonists of the success in the final of the men’s 4×100 relay at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Lorenzo Patta was born in Oristano on 23 May 2020. Marcell Jacobs, Olympic champion in the 100 meters in this edition of the Olympics, was instead born in El Paso (Texas) on September 26, 1994. Eseosa Fostine Desalu, said Fausto is of Nigerian origins, but he is very Italian by birth: originally from Casalmaggiore where he was born on February 19, 1994. Finally Filippo Tortu, born in Milan on June 15, 1998.
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