Swimming, tennis, gymnastics and fencing: Italian sport shines

Jun 20, 2022 340

A dream Sunday for Italian sports: first Sofia Raffaeli, then Matteo Berrettini, then Nicolò Martinenghi and Rossella Gregorio. From gymnastics to tennis, swimming to fencing, it's great Italy. Sofia Raffaeli never ceases to amaze and is an absolute star in Israel. The Italian begins by winning the gold medal in hoop with 36 net points at the European Championships in Tel Aviv, then takes silver in ball and closes with another victory, this time on clubs.

The 18-year-old from the Marche region sets a new historical record for Italian rhythmic gymnastics, which, in the past 37 editions of the continental event, had never reached the individual podium, embellishing it not with one medal but three, including two gold ones. And the Butterflies also flew to the roof of Europe by winning both specialty finals.

From Tel Aviv to London, Matteo Berrettini is unstoppable. The 26-year-old Roman, No. 10 in the world rankings, continues his perfect streak on grass by winning the ATP 500 title at Queen's for the second time, his second consecutive tournament after last week's success in Stuttgart. In the final on the lawns of the fascinating London club, the Italian defeated Serbian Filip Krajinovic (world number 48) with a score of 7-5 64- in one and a half hours of play, confirming his own extraordinary moment of form and the effectiveness of his game on the 'green' surface. It is the ninth consecutive success for the Italian since returning to the tour last week.

Then at the World Swimming Championships in Budapest comes the first gold medal for Italy: Nicolò Martinenghi wins it in the 100 breaststroke. At the Duna Arena, the Italian stopped the clock at a time of 58″26, a new Italian record. Martinenghi, from Varese, Lombardy, thus becomes the first Italian to win a rainbow title in the breaststroke.

Finally comes Rossella Gregorio's silver in women's saber at the ongoing European Fencing Championships in Antalya. The Italian surrendered only in the final to Anna Bashta of Azerbaijan, 15-9. For the Salerno-born member of the Carabinieri it is the fourth European podium of her career: she was silver in Tbilisi 2017 and bronze in Strasbourg 2014 and Montreaux 2015.

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