An emotional Sara Simeoni, Olympic high jump champion and Venice 2019 testimonial, expressed her feelings: “I wish everybody to go home after EMAC with a little piece of Italy in their heart”. National athletics vice-president, Vincenzo Parrinello, told: “It is a team effort, between three towns and a region. In the same manner, athletes can share the true sporting values”. A welcomed guest was Miss Italy 2018, Carlotta Maggiorana, that did a parade on the track. To read the oath of the athletes, Vania Silva of Portugal and Italy’s Emiliano Raspi, while the one of the judges assigned to Italian Caterina Tassoni and Michal Omilian of Poland.
The first world record of the 10-days competition was set in Caorle, where Rietje Dijkman from the Netherlands set a new W80 mark in triple jump, improving it to 7.37 (+1.3). In Jesolo high jumper Oleg Fedorko of Ukraine was still impressive with his straddle technique and won M60 gold at 1.73.
Luca Cassai – photos by Alfred Hermes