European Athletics Championships: Furlani silver in the long jump, Fortunato third in the “20 km” walk


By John

Mattia Furlani is the new European vice-champion in the long jump. The Italian athlete on the raised platform of the Olympic stadium in Rome won the silver medal with 8.38 metres, a measurement obtained on the first jump. For Furlani it is also a two centimeter improvement in his already under 20 world record. Gold, the third in a row, goes to the Greek Miltiadis Tentoglou who landed at 8.65 on the fifth and sixth jump, a new record of the Championships. Bronze goes to the Swiss Simon Ehammer with 8.31.

Instead, blue Francesco Fortunatoa 29-year-old financier from Puglia from Andria, placed third, and therefore bronze medal, in the 20 km walking race, won by the Swede Perseus Karlstrom ahead of the Spaniard Paul McGrath.