Gymnastics: World Championships, Bartolini wins free body gold
Nicola Bartolini is free body world champion. The Italian gymnast won at the Kitakyushu World Championships in Japan, totaling 14,800 points at the end of the exercise. Behind the 25-year-old athlete from Quartu Sant’Elena, the Japanese Kazuki Minami (14,766) and the Finnish Emil Soravuo (14,700).
With Bartolini’s gold won today in the free body at the General Gymnasium in Kitakyushu, the Italy of men’s artistic gymnastics returns to the top of the world after 24 years, that is, from Lausanne 1997 when Yuri Chechi won his second consecutive world champion gold in the rings. Nicola Bartolini’s gold is the first in the history of blue gymnastics in the free body specialty. In the history of the specialty, Sardinian Gymnastics, registered with the Pro Patria Bustese, have updated the Italian medal table that had remained at the bronze medal of Franco Menichelli in 1966 in Dortmund. Also by Menichelli the first medal for the free body, in 1962 in Prague, always bronze. In today’s competition the blue was the oldest athlete with 25 years while the youngest, the South Korean Ryu Sung-hyun with 19. In the last 30 years the medal table of the World Championships in the free body specialty has been quite global with medaled athletes not only from Europe and Asia but also from America and Brazil.
Gymnastics: World Cup, Asia D’Amato silver in vaulting
Asia D’Amato conquers world silver in vaulting and enters the history of Italian gymnastics because no blue has ever been on the podium in this specialty. The 18-year-old Genoese at the General Gymnasium of Kitakyushu in Japan with 14,083 points finished second behind the Brazilian Rebeca Andrade (14,966). Behind the Italian, standard bearer of the Fiamme Oro, already bronze medal in 2019 in Stuttgart in the team competition, preceded the Russian Angelina Melnikova (13,966).