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Ancona 2016 EMACI – 01.04.2016

    Icarre makes history in Ancona – April 1, 2016

    In Day 4 at the European Masters Athletics Championships Indoor in Ancona, the French Maryvonne Icarre becomes the first 50-year-old in the history to go under 26 seconds in the 200 meters. With the superb time of 25.94 in fact she does not only set a new world record, but she manages to break this barrier for the W50 category.


    The Palaindoor audience turns on for so many great performances, with three other European records. In the high jump the M95 Austrian Emmerich Zensch leaps over 0.95, while in 60 hurdles W55 heats Susan Frisby of Great Britain runs 9.86 and the W60 javelin of Denmark’s Anne Kirstine Jensen lands at 31.83. Then in 200 meters the almost centenary Giuseppe Ottaviani thrills again the tribune at 200 meters M95, a two minutes lap of honor (2:00:23) to win the gold medal after the two silvers of Wednesday in the 60 meters and the long jump. The uninterrupted applauses of the spectators accompany his race and then, after passing the finish line, he improvises a sprint before collecting a standing ovation. “This is a party – claims Ottaviani – because sport should be interpreted as a beautiful game. We are here to live and I wish all the happiness I am feeling. With sports and athletics, it can be transmitted joy. The 100 years goal is next by now, I do not want to stop.”. Tomorrow will be the day with the most titles to be won (110), while the event will go on until Sunday.

    Luca Cassai

    translated by Barbara Greco (FIDAL)

    Maryvonne Icarre (FotoGP / FIDAL Marche)