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“I hid the springs in my shoes.” An Italian jumper put on a strange show at the European Championships

Date: July 12, 2024 Time: 17:13:27

The Euro Cup, held from June 7 to 12, ended in Rome. The tournament will surely be remembered by the public for a long time. There was everything: the dramatically lost bronze by Laura García-Caro, overwhelming victories by Femke Bol, Carsten Warholm, Armand Duplantis, a powerful “golden” double by Jacob Ingebrigtsen, a spectacle by Gianmarco Tamberi and 11 tournament records.

We have compiled for you the most important things from the European Championship.

“I need to heal the wound in my heart”

Literally, the most dramatic moment of the tournament took place on the first day of competition. It all happened at the finish line of the 20 kilometer march. Spaniard Laura García-Caro prematurely began celebrating her bronze medal: she put on a flag and raised her arms in victory, completely disconnecting from the competition.

While Laura was rejoicing about the next medal, she was overtaken by the Ukrainian Lyudmila Olyanovskaya, who did not give up the fight. Seeing his opponent on the right, García-Caro changed his face and tried to turn, but he couldn’t do anything. As a result, the Ukrainian took bronze, while the Spaniard took a disappointing fourth place. The athletes achieved the same time: 12:28.48, but Olyanovskaya was superior in the final photo.

The Spaniard’s look after realizing the defeat was murderous:


The Spanish García-Caro misses the bronze medal in the Eurocup due to premature joy

Out of frustration, García-Caro even dropped the flag, which remained long and sadly on the track while the winners congratulated each other. For Laura, 29, this medal could have been her first in her career, but now the Spaniard will have to be content with only fourth place, her personal best result.

“I am very disappointed. I suffered the first part of the race, but I recovered and in the last 10 meters I thought I had made it, but it wasn’t. Now I need to accept what happened and heal the wound in my heart,” said García -Expensive.

“I am happy with this championship”

But the beautiful moments of the Eurocup did not end there. Jakob Ingebrigtsen put on a great show. In the 5,000m race, the Norwegian deliberately stayed last for the first three laps, a couple of seconds behind the main group. 400 m before the finish line, he calmly went around the formed blockade and 200 m later he rushed forward and won a beautiful victory. Additionally, Jacob achieved his best result of the season: 13:30.11. George Mills, who finished second, clocked 13:21.38.

The 1,500m race was no less pathetic. Ingebrigtsen distanced himself from his rivals and traveled much of the way in splendid isolation. In the end, the Norwegian (3:31.95) beat his closest pursuer by almost two seconds! Jochem Vermeulen finished the race in 3:33.30.

Ingebrigtsen is the master of pretentious racing this season:


The athlete won an epic victory. He jumped to the finish line to get ahead of his opponent. Video

As a result, Jacob achieved a “golden” double at the European Championship for the third time. Until now no one had been able to do this at distances of 1,500 and 5,000 m. Well, isn’t he a genius?

“I am definitely happy with this championship. I may not have had many careers, but now I have all the good answers for this. I felt pretty good in the warm-up today, but you never know what to expect,” Ingebrigtsen shared about his emotions.

“I get goosebumps”

Other peaks also gave fire to Euro 2024. Femke Bol won two golds: in the 400 m hurdles and in the women’s 4×400 m relay, as well as bronze in the mixed 4×400 m relay. Additionally, the Dutchwoman looked magnificent in her signature 400-meter race. Bol quickly separated himself from her rivals and gave them crazy seconds at the finish line. Femke won in a European Championship record of 52.49, while her closest rival, Louise Maraval, was 1.74 seconds behind her. In addition, the Dutchwoman snatched the best world result of the season from Cindy McLaughlin-Levroni (52.70).

“It’s never easy, you never take anything for granted, so it’s important to stay focused on myself and not think about what’s going on around me. Although on a night like this it becomes much more difficult. The atmosphere is incredible, it gives me goosebumps.

Rome always has a special meaning for me: I love this track and this stadium. I worked hard and came here in good shape, I think I can do even better at the Olympics,” Bol said.

How do Russian track and field athletes perform in isolation?

They beat us, but we flew. Russian jumpers prove that our athletics is alive!

Karsten Warholm also set a competition record in the 400m hurdles. The Norwegian, as expected, easily defeated his rivals, with a score of 46.98.

“It’s fun, why not?”

As always, Armand Duplantis gave the show. He easily defeated all of his opponents, surpassing 6.10 m and breaking his own competition record. In comparison, silver medalist Emmanouil Karalis jumped just 5.87m.

Afterwards, Mondo was already having fun, trying to beat the world record again. Duplantis raised the bar to 6.25 m, but has not yet conquered this peak. Although the first attempt was close to perfect.

“I felt very good today. Of course, the main goal was to go out and win, take home my third gold. I am very satisfied with the height. In fact, I didn’t think I would break the world record today. This wasn’t my plan. After 6.10 m I had too much energy. I looked at my parents and we both had the same idea: “It’s fun, why not?” – Duplantis explained.

Mondo set a new world record at the start of the season:


Is he even human? The great Duplantis achieved a fantastic record on his first attempt!

Gianmarco Tamberi also had a spectacular performance in the jumping sector. The Italian, after reaching 2.34 m, suddenly grabbed his leg. The fans in the stadium were silent, nervous, because the injury puts their performance in the Games in doubt. But it turned out that the strange Tamberi was simply playing a prank on the public: he showed a fake injury to surprise and shock the fans. Gianmarco spilled dozens of springs from the shoe he took off, causing laughter from the audience.

“I knew I was in great shape and I showed it. Yesterday I even wrote to Jannik Sinner to try to bring him to the stadium. I wanted this evening to be even more magical. I wanted him to understand the emotions that athletics can provoke. He wanted to do great things in front of the Italian president Sergio Mattarella, who honored us with his presence.

On Thursday I will return to him to receive the flag that I will carry in Paris at the opening ceremony. I was shaking a little at 2.29m, but then the show started. I pretended to be hurt and hid the springs in my shoes! I think some people bought it. I have done great things: now it is time for the Olympic Games,” Tamberi said.

After such a spectacle, the Italian achieved 2.37 m, breaking the competition record of 2.36 m, which since 2006 belonged to the Russian Andrei Silnov.

In addition, at the European Championships the competition records were updated in the 4×400 m mixed relay (3:09.92), in the women’s 5,000 m race (14:35.29), in the 100 m hurdles (12.31), in jumping men’s long jump (8.65 m), shot put (22.45 m), 400 m dash (22.15) and triple jump (18.18 m).

At the end of the tournament, Italy won the overall classification with 24 medals. Second place was shared by France and Great Britain (16 medals each), and the top 3 was completed by Northern Ireland with 13 medals.

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Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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