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EMACS is on the way of success

    Great start for the European Masters Athletics Championships 2019 in the province of Venice, Italy. In a bright and sunny afternoon, the opening ceremony took place in Jesolo with the parade for the 43 European nations flags, while the competition was already begun during the morning, also in Caorle and Eraclea. EMA President, Kurt Kaschke, said: “We are proud to be in the beautiful Veneto region. It is one of the biggest events ever for masters, here we are celebrating 40 years of our movement”.

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    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