Marcel Jacobs qualifies for the Olympics with the 4×100. Also two 4x400s in Paris


By John

Three out of five Italian relay teams qualified for the 2024 Paris Olympics on the first day of the World Relays, the world championship dedicated to relays which is taking place in Nassau in the Bahamas. The men's 4×100, the men's 4×400 and the women's 4×400 obtained the Olympic card. The women's 4×100 and the mixed 4×400 are missing and will be able to qualify on the next Italian night in the race valid for the repechage which offers six cards. The Italian men's 4×100 with Roberto Rigali, Marcell Jacobs, Lorenzo Patta and Filippo Tortu came second in the heat with a time of 38″14 behind the United States: Courtney Lindsey, Kyree King, Noah Lyles and Kenneth Bednarek clocked 37″49 , best seasonal world performance. The Italian quartet, who will play the final of the World Relays tomorrow and will be able to defend their Olympic gold in Paris, set the fourth fastest time of the round, close to Japan (38″10) and Canada (38″11). The reigning Olympic and European 100m champion Marcell Jacobs demonstrated that he is already in excellent condition by clocking a second half of 9″04.

Sixth overall time and Olympic pass for the men's 4×400. The debutant in blue Luca Sito, Vladimir Aceti, Edoardo Scotti Scotti, Davide Re, won their heat in 3'01″68 ahead of Great Britain (3'02″10). Best time of the round (2'59″73) for Botswana led by an amazing Letsile Tebogo (43″49 his partial). The Italian relay team of the women's mile also flies to Paris: Rebecca Borga, Ayomide Folorunso, Giancarla Trevisan and Alice Mangione also won their heat in 3'26″28 (fourth overall time). The best time was sensational (3'24″38 ) of the turn by Ireland. Postponed, somewhat surprisingly, is the women's 4×100 with Zaynab Dosso, Dalia Kaddari, Anna Bongiorni, and Alessia Pavese, fourth in the heat (43″08). There is no direct qualification for the mixed 4×400: Riccardo Meli, Anna Polinari , Lapo Bianciardi and Alessandra Bonora will have to improve their 3'16″88 in the repechages also because there are eleven Nations ahead of them for six places.

249 Italians at the Olympic Games

With the qualification of three out of five relays lined up on the first day of the World Relays, the world championship dedicated only to athletics relays, the Italy Team contingent for the Paris Olympics has risen to 249. There are 127 qualified men and 122 women. There will be at least one Italian athlete in 26 disciplines. At team level, men's and women's volleyball are chasing qualification (it will be based on the ranking at the end of the three weeks of play of the Volley Nations League), men's basketball (in early July in Puerto Rico) and women's 3×3 basketball (qualification from 16-19 May in Debrecen, Hungary).

To date, Italy will be present at the Paris Olympics, in shooting (7 Olympic cards), rhythmic gymnastics (7), shooting (4), modern pentathlon (3 individual passes: Elena Micheli, Alice Sotero, Giorgio Malan ), diving (8), boxing (8 individual passes: Salvatore Cavallaro – 80 kg, Giordana Sorrentino – 50 kg, Irma Testa – 57 kg, Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine – 92 kg, Diego Lenzi +92 kg, Sirine Charaabi – 54 kg, Angela Carini – 66 kg, Alessia Mesiano – 60 kg), archery (1), surfing (1 individual pass: Leonardo Fioravanti), swimming (15 individual passes and 25 Olympic cards: Gregorio Paltrinieri – 1500 freestyle and 800 freestyle, Alberto Razzetti – 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 butterfly, Thomas Ceccon – 100 backstroke, Benedetta Pilato – 100 breaststroke, Alessandro Miressi – 100 freestyle, Nicolò Martinenghi – 100 breaststroke, Simona Quadarella – 1500 freestyle and 800 freestyle, Lorenzo Zazzeri – 50 freestyle, Leonardo Deplano – 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 4×100 freestyle, Manuel Frigo – 4×100 freestyle, Sara Franceschi – 400 freestyle, Lisa Angiolini – 100 freestyle, Sara Curtis – 50 freestyle, Alessandro Ragaini – 200 freestyle, Filippo Megli – 4×200 freestyle ; 4×100 freestyle men, 4×100 freestyle women, 4×100 freestyle mixed, 4×200 freestyle women, 4×200 freestyle men, 4×100 freestyle women, 4×100 freestyle men), sport climbing (1 individual pass: Matteo Zurloni – speed), sailing (10 individual passes for 8 crews and 2 Olympic passes for 1 crew), athletics (6 individual passes and 17 Olympic passes: Gianmarco Tamberi – high jump, Sofiia Yaremchuk and Giovanna Epis – marathon; Massimo Stano, Antonella Palmisano and Eleonora Giorgi – 20 km race walk; relay walk mixed, 3 men for the marathon, 4×100 men, 4×400 men and women), canoeing (2 cards in the sprint; 4 cards in the slalom), rowing (13 Olympic cards: double lightweight men, four sculls men, double men, two without men, women's doubles, reserve four men's pairs), equestrian sports (5), artistic gymnastics (10), road cycling (7), track cycling (12), fencing (12 women's and 12 men's Olympic cards), taekwondo (3 individual passes: Ilenia Elisabetta Matonti – 49 kg, Vito Dell'Aquila – 58 kg, Simone Alessio – 80 kg), cross-country swimming (3), artistic swimming (9 individual passes – team and duo: Linda Cerruti, Marta Iacoacci, Sofia Mastroianni, Enrica Piccoli, Susanna Pedotti, Lucrezia Ruggiero, Isotta Sportelli, Giulia Vernice, Francesca Zunino), water polo (Settebello and Setterosa – 26), judo (8 individual passes: Assunta Scutto – 48 kg, Odette Giuffrida – 52 kg , Veronica Toniolo – 57 kg, Alice Bellandi -78 kg, Manuel Lombardo – 73 kg, Christian Parlati – 90 kg, Asya Tavano – +78 kg, Antonio Esposito – 81 kg), triathlon (4), weights (2 individual passes: Sergio Massidda -61 kg, Antonino Pizzolato -89 kg) and beach volleyball (2 men's cards).