European Championships in Rome, tenth place for Ursano from Catanzaro in the 10,000 metres: “Thank you Italy, we learn a lot”


By John

The final of the men's 10,000 meters ends with an honorable tenth place for Luca Ursano from Atletica Vomano from Catanzaro. A competition without high notes in a blue key on the sixth and final day of the European Athletics Championships, staged at the Olimpico in Rome. In the B-race Francesco Guerra, Ahmed Ouhda, as well as Luca Ursano (trained by the former Cosenza cross champion Maurizio Leone) also finished their efforts far from the medal area. While waiting for the A-race to establish the continental podium, the Italians still did well. It is a race that goes on in short bursts, with a leading group that includes all three Italians for a long time, the European under 23 silver medalist Francesco Guerra (Carabinieri), Ahmed Ouhda (Cs Army) and Ursano himself: transition to 5000 from 14:15.49. Eduardo Menacho, Spanish European Under 23 champion three years ago, remains in front for a long time but his compatriot Jesus Ramos mocks him in the final, first in 28:24.93, ahead of Menacho, author of the time of 28:25.62. Guerra clocks 28:31.15, Ouhda 28:33.50 and Ursano 28:47.63, the first two close to the staff. After the match Guerra explains: “It was my first experience among the greats, I started with the desire to do my best” -for-the-catanzaro-ursano-nei-10mila-metres-thanks-italia-learns-a lot-3ddc7df4-e6c3-464e-8743-f4a1cafc7ef1/.”Unique experience – says Ouhda instead – I tried to improve my record, I came close.” Ursano thanks the Azzurri: “Thanks to the national team who believed in me, you learn a lot in these events”.