The Italian team debuts with no medals at the YOG
- Published: 19 August 2014
First day of competition at the Youth Olympic Games with no medals for the Italia Team.
Fencing - Claudia Borella out for 4 in the women's foil. After having got through the round to the group stage (5th) and the eighth with the Canadian Jenny Zhao (15-6), the 16 year old of the A.S. Comini of Padua, daughter of Olympians Andrea Borella and Francesca Bortolozzi, has had to surrender to the Japanese Karin Miyawaki (15-7).
Weightlifting - Alessandra Pagliaro finishes the race, category 48 kg, in 9th position with the total of 133. The 17 year old from the Club Atletico Ercole of Caltanissetta in the sprint test missed the measurement of 64 kg. on the third lift, stopping at 61. In the next specialty, that of momentum, the Nyssian - younger sister Genny Pagliaro, gold at the European Championships in Tirana in 2013 - started from 68 kg to achieve, after two attempts, the 72 kg final.
Judo – at the Longjiang Gymnasium, in the category of 66 Kg, the Italian team's Elios Maria Manzi had to surrender against the Chinese Wu Zhiqiang. Started in the first round with a win over the Algerian Rebahi Salim, 18 year-old from Messina lost then against the Venezuelan Luis Gonzalez finishing on the repechage scoreboard. After beating the British Peter Miles, in the next combat Manzi blamed an arm injury for a forbidden technique (a lever allowed only in the fight on the ground) on the opponent, the French Jolan Florimont, which will be disqualified. The promise of Airon Judo 90 Furci Siculo, followed at the YOG by the coach Nicola Moraci, bravely tried to face the host in the quarterfinals, but there was no luck. The azzurro, already under the medical supervision of the Head of Health Care Stephen Dragoni, will undergo diagnostic tests to learn the extent of damage, even fearing a partial ligament injury.
Swimming – An excellent try by Simone Sabbioni in the semi-finals of the 100 metres backstroke. The athlete from Rimini with a personal best of 54.48, the lowest of the day, gets closer to the Italian junior record, which by the way belongs to him (54.25), by standing for a place on the podium in the tomorrow's final challenge. Ambra Esposito also qualifies in the women's 100 backstroke with the 6th time, 1:02:12. Nicolangelo Di Fabio, however, not in top form, stands down, as a precaution, in the 400 freestyle and the relay in order to concentrate on the 100 and 200.
Beach volleyball - The Italian pair Lantignotti/Enzo won the opening match, beating by two sets to zero the pair from Namibia, composed of Kim Seebach and Stephanie Palmhert.
Rowing - Arianna Manzoni finished in third placein the third heat of the individual females with a time of 3:56.16, finishing in the repechage; in the "two out" Riccardo Mager and Riccardo Peretti finished, however, with the stopwatch on 3:19.76 in the preliminaries to tomorrow's heats.
Table Tennis - Giorgia Piccolin lost the first match of Group B by 0 to 3 against the Chinese LIU Gaoyang but was promptly redeemed in the second one, with the same score, against the table tennis player from the Republic of Djibouti, Ali Salah Fatouma.
Cycling – In the Mountain Bike (XCE - Cross Country) Sofia Beggin was not successful in the semi-finals, but then dominates the final B and came in at 5th place, while Manuel Todaro, in the lead for most of the race, comes 4th in the final A. We remind you that the cycling medal is awarded to the entire team and at the end of all specialties (MTB, BMX, Road and Time Trial).