An unprecedented individual and national triumph. The last day of competitions of the Suds Open Euro TriGames awarded to the blues of the Italian Paralympic Sports Federation of the Relational Intellectuals the first place in the overall medal table of the event held in Ferrara. Athletes with Down syndrome have achieved 105 medals, 53 of which gold, imposing themselves on the other 16 nations participating in these continental games. The lion’s share was played by Nicole Orlando, who was able to take home seven titles. Not only that, the medals are accompanied by two world records. The Biella-born in fact retouches the record in the long jump (3.55 meters) and then also establishes the new world record in the Triathlon with 2,289 points. «It has been an intense week, but fantastic – comments the mother Roberta Becchia -. It was cold, there was wind, despite this Nicole achieved incredible results. He lived the perfect day on Saturday, interspersing many different tests. She was very happy, happy and continued to thank all her companions and the coaches who followed her in the preparation phase: from Paolo Averone of La Marmora, to the technicians of the Young Biella Union, in particular Pietro Abrignani and Mimma Moroni. She loves everyone and has given herself an early gift for her birthday (she will turn 28 on November 8, ed) ». Orlando’s other successes came in discus throwing (with 16.97 meters); in the shot put (5.88); in the javelin (14.17) and finally in the two relays: the 4 × 100 run together with Spano, Zendri and Zeni, where they stopped the hands on a time of 1’09 ” 50 and in the 4 × 400 with Pertile, Zendri and Zeni (7’12”84). The compliments for Orlando, Verrengia and Tomba also came from the Municipality of Biella, which congratulates for the historic sporting result achieved in Ferrara. «On behalf of the whole city and all the people of Biella, congratulations guys. We are proud of you ”, reads a post on the Municipality page.
The whole national team ran great and the other two Biellese athletes of the Team Ability section of the La Marmora gymnastics scene at the Euro TriGames were no less, for an Italian domination that also generated another data: the thousand medals have been exceeded internationals won by athletes with relational intellectual disabilities of Fisdir (since it starts from 2009, the year the Federation was established). So in judo came the golds won by Francesco Verrengia (category -73 kg) and Martina Tomba (-52 kg).