Italian rowing championships, Messina’s Ficarra and Fugazzotto dress in gold


By John

Peloro Rowing achieved a golden double in the senior and junior categories at the Italian beach sprint-coastal championships which took place in Salerno. In the senior singles Giovanni Ficarra repeats the Italian title from last year in Barletta by winning the final against Michelangelo Quaranta of the Circolo Canottieri Barion: the athlete from Messina confidently drove the boat into the water and then in the racing phase on the beach towards the finish line he preceded the his opponent.
Ficarra therefore crowns with the tricolor laurel a path in the fast singles which had previously seen him impose himself with ease both in the qualifying heat with Del Prete of Cus Milano and in the subsequent semi-final with Pusinelli of Canottieri Ichnusa. Lucio Fugazzotto also climbs to the top step in the under 19 singles who in a very balanced final with Lucio Cozzolino (Irno) was able to make the difference in the return part of the course in the water and then closing on arrival in 2’31″78 with a seven second advantage over his direct rival (2’39” 72): in the qualifying round the rower from Pelorita had preceded Scaramuzzi of CC Barion by more than twelve seconds and then after a couple of hours he repeated the same script in the semi-final with Davide Campanini (Speranza).
In the senior singles Maria Condurso (Pelororow) after a weekend as a protagonist between time trials to assign the lanes, qualifications and semi-finals, had to surrender in a final all made in Sicily to Elena Armeli (Canottieri Mondello) taking silver . Medal of the same metal also in the senior double mix for Ficarra and Maria Condurso who will be competing from 1 to 3 September at the European Championships in France. Pietro Fugazzotto will also participate in the continental event and, paired with Valentina Condurso, finished in fourth place in the B final of the double senior mix in Salerno.
The final of the quadruple senior mix of Condurso-Fugazzotto-Panteca-Longo and helmsman Daniele Francesco Pacino is colored silver. Moving on to the master categories whose titles were awarded on Saturday, Peloro becomes Italian champion with Franca Velardi and Maria Cardillo in the double master 43-54, Simonetta Falzea and Paola Claps in the women’s doubles over 54, the women’s quadruple masters over 54 (Torre, Gozzi, Cardillo, Claps, tim De Domenico) and 0ver 54 mix (Femmin√≤, De Marco, Bitto, Sorbello, tim De Domenico). Giovanni Arrigo and Nicola Bonanno of the Club Nautico Paradiso instead won bronze in the double over 54, while Arrigo also took the third step of the podium in the single over 54.