European Athletics Championships, Italy without brakes: another double with Crippa and Riva in the marathon


By John

Yeman Crippa wins gold in the half marathon at the European Athletics Championships in Rome. Together with him on the podium too Pietro Riva who takes the silver ahead of the German Petros to complete the Italian double. «I was thrilled to race at home in Rome, winning another gold was tough but I'm happy to have achieved it. During the race I had a little discomfort in my side which then went away and I calmed down. Until entering the stadium I was still under pressure, but I enjoyed the last two hundred meters.” Commented Crippa won the half marathon in 1 hour 01'23. Crippa, from Trentino, representative of the Fiamme Oro, coached by Massimo Pegoretti, was the protagonist of a perfect performance from a tactical point of view. At the end of the race he forced the pace but only when he entered the Olympic stadium did he make the difference by also taking advantage of his medium-long distance speed skills. Silver for another Italian Pietro Riva. «The best moment of my career in the race won by a friend, who is an example for me – commented the Piedmontese middle-distance runner, also an athlete of the State Police Sports Group -. I didn't expect second place, but I knew I was better on the road than on the track. During the race I felt great, I ran thinking about position”