Italy Basks In Golden 100m, Highjump Success
Sumaira FH 2 months ago Mon 02nd August 2021 | 12:00 AM
Rome, Aug 1 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 1st Aug, 2021 ) :Italy on Sunday basked in double Olympic success after Gianmarco Tamberi won highjump gold and then Lamont Marcell Jacobs followed up by storming to Tokyo Games glory in the men's 100 metres.
With both Jacobs, 26, and 29-year-old Tamberi members of the now even more aptly-named "Fiamme oro" (golden flames) national police sporting club -- which has produced a welter of Olympic champions over the years -- Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese was also quick to salute their exploits.
"Congratulations to Gianmarco Tamberi and Lamont Marcell Jacobs for the historic gold medals they have just landed at the Olympic Games in Tokyo," Lamorgese said in a statement, noting the "immense satisfaction and great pride" their wins had engendered.
Jacobs, a relative unknown, raced to victory in a European record of 9.80sec in athletics' blue riband event as he broke Jamaican legend Usain Bolt's 13-year grip on the title.
"When he was little I told him he would join Usain Bolt and we are on track for that," said Texas-born Jacob's mother Viviana Masini.
"The next target is the world record. And he will get there, if not this year then next year," the AGI news agency reported her as telling Italian radio.
Former leftist prime minister Matteo Renzi rejoiced in the writing of "a page of history, tears of joy and emotion. How beautiful is sport, the Olympics. Viva Italia." "Proud of you," wrote Giorgia Meloni, who heads the far right Fratelli d'Italia party.
"Two golds in ten minutes, we are proud of you Gianmarco and Marcell Jacobs," tweeted far right Northern League head Matteo Salvini.