Time.news – Vito Dell’Aquila, the long awaited but not obvious gold. Italy’s first gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics came from taekwondo.
Dell’Aquila went to take gold in the category up to 58 kilograms at the end of the hard-fought final against the Tunisian hostile Mohamed Khalil Jendoubi, won by 16 to 12 in the last 13 seconds.
After a difficult start to the final with the blue going down by 5 to 0, around the middle of the second round the 20-year-old wrestler from Mesagne managed to recover and move within a point of his opponent (6-7).
The experience of the young Apulian athlete emerges in the final. At 1’08 “from the end, Dell’Aquila sinks a shot from two points that equalizes 10 to 10.
At 13 “from the end the blue scored another two-point kick to the body for the first overtaking (12-10), two seconds later another two-point shot for a precious 14 to 10. Then the active final but the gold was now in the safe.The Apulian on the carpets of the Makhuari Messe Hall in Tokyo had started his journey towards Olympic gold by overcoming the Hungarian Omar Salim 26-13 in the second round.
Subsequently the blue beat the Thai Ramnarong Sawekwiharee for 37-17 opening the way towards the semifinal in which he defeated the Argentine Lucas Lautaro Guzman 29-10.
Dell’Aquila, born in 2000, the year in which taekwondo made its debut in the Sydney Olympic program, thus embellishes his personal showcase in which there is also a European gold and bronze (2019 and 2018) and a world bronze (2017) .