silver at the European Championships like Fiona May! Mihambo overflowing

silver at the European Championships like Fiona May! Mihambo overflowing
silver at the European Championships like Fiona May! Mihambo overflowing

At the last attempt and in constant crescendo, believing in it until the end and never giving up, managing to find the residual energy at the end of a very intense and uncertain race until the epilogue. Larissa Iapichino won a splendid silver medal in the long jump at the European Championships 2024 in athletics, treating themselves to a beautiful evening at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. The daughter of Fiona May (in the stands together with the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella), coached by her father Gianni, deserved the second step of the podium with a leap from 6.94 meters in the last assault (0.1 m/s tailwind, best European under 23 performance of the season).

The Tuscan had opened the competition with 6.82, then continued with 6.84, a zero and a 6.86. The first four attempts had not been technically flawless for the almost 22-year-old (she will blow out the candles on July 18th), who seemed tense in the run-up, almost giving the impression of slowing down before taking the axis of serve. The Italian then improved her feeling with the raised platform and posted a convincing 6.90 (0.8 m/s of breeze in her face), but stopped in fourth place, just one centimeter away from the medals. Our standard bearer knows she can go further and has the ardor to find her shot at glory, thus overtaking in one fell swoop the Portuguese Agate De Sousa (6.91) and the German Mikaelle Assani (6.91, but off the podium for worst second measurement compared to the Portuguese, 6.87 against 6.71).

Larissa Iapichino returns to the podium after silver at the European Indoor Championships last year (when she set the Italian indoor record, 6.97), and the bronze at the European Games, while at the World Championships in Budapest she was fifth (previously she had won three consecutive stages of the Diamond League). It’s about the third career measure for Tuscany, the second outdoors preceded only by 6.95 on 21 July 2023 in Monte Carlo. The search for the first leap over seven meters continues, the potential and talent are certainly not lacking in the fresh continental vice champion, who is now looking with optimism to the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Larissa Iapichino emulated the silver won by mother Fiona May at the 1998 European Championships in Budapest, curiously the two-time World Champion never managed to have the Mameli anthem played on the continental field. The big favorite of the day before, the German Malaika Mihambo, won the race. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Champion and two-time World Champion thundered a imperial lunge from 7.22 meters despite 1.4 m/s of headwind, thus stamping the best seasonal world performance and winning the second European title of his career after the one in 2018 in Berlin.

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