Athletics, three gold medals are the haul of Edoardo Alfieri from Catanzaro at the 2024 European Master Indoor Championships


By John

In an article appearing on the Fidal (Italian Athletics Federation) portal on 16 March 2024 entitled Masters: European Indoor Championships starting in Torun, Fidal wrote that “several athletes who won the world title last season in Poland are back in action: in the men's category to follow, among others, the reigning world champions Edward Alfieri (3000 march M65, Cs Catanzaro Lido).Certainly the author was not wrong. Indeed the mt. 3000 and mt. 5000 walking distances which are not only the most likely distances for the Calabrian athlete trained by the prof. Santo Mineo where he prefers the Km 10, Km 20 and Km 35 have given notable positive responses given the technical work of Edoardo Alfieri, bearer of the ASD Youth Sports Center Catanzaro Lido and the commitment, perseverance, spirit of self-sacrifice and continuous sacrifice . The technical approach after the indoors of the Italian Championships in Ancona aimed to obtain excellent results at the European Championships. And these have arrived and the edition of European Masters Indoor Championships 2024 of the Polish town Torun offer Italy, thanks to Alfieri, a national anthem which still resonates on the individual and team podium and along the Torun Arena facility for 3000 meters and along the streets adjacent to the Torun Arena for the mountain race. 5000. One mt. 5000 which brought Italy two gold medals and Alfieri reached the podium both at individual and team level. Tomorrow the curtain will fall on Torun and Alfieri will return to Italy with a respectable haul of 3 gold medals out of 3 and consequent European titles. «I expected the race to be calmer – Alfieri's comment immediately after the finish – but we know that finals are never what you expect. You never take anything for granted and so I thought I'd do my walking race, I didn't want to do a tactical race because I feared that in the final part they would give me a hard time. So, after the phone call with my President and technician prof. Mineo, I immediately started off strong at a fast pace hoping to break away from the others, but some athletes such as the Lithuanian Urbikas Aloyzas and the Polish Łuniewski Mirosław, an old acquaintance of mine, had attached themselves to me. I didn't worry, I looked at the clock and the time at the halfway point. It is not my habit to ever look back because I am always quite confident and undaunted, I continued my strong heel and toe action, giving a very decisive pace to the race, definitively separating my opponents by a couple of minutes. Upon arrival there was a lot of joy but I was waiting for the other Italians for the team victory which was confirmed to me by my President standing in front of the TV.” And now I return home in the hope of finding the sponsors who will allow me to participate in the Spirito Santo World Championships in Portugal from 14 to 19 May and in the Gothenburg World Championships in Sweden in the first 10 days of August, as well as the Italian road and track. The team ranking sees Italy in first place, Poland in second and Germany in third.