(ANSA) – ROME, June 27 – “I would like to explain what happened, because I see so many interpretations around. First of all, I want to apologize, because I reacted to a provocation and this is wrong. You must never get lost , I did not set a good example to those who looked at me “. Gianmarco Tamberi, Olympic champion ex aequo with Barshim in the upper, in Tokyo, yesterday had to face another play-off, to define the winner of the Italian championships, in Rieti. It ended with his victory over Marco Fassinoti, but also with an explicit ‘vaffa’ of annoyance at the end of the race. Taken from the tv cameras.
The Olympian wanted to return to the episode today, explaining in an Instagram message “some background, because I’m sorry to be accused of unsportsmanlike, I who have made a rule of sportsmanship”.
“I reacted to a provocation in a moment of maximum tension: I want to apologize to everyone, those present and those who were following on TV – Tamberi’s debut – I was provoked and I fell into provocation. Having said that, I would like to go In detail, it was a game that was decided in the play-off, between Fassinotti and me. I would have liked to jump much higher, because it was my last before the world championship.
Marco knew how much I cared. Instead it went differently, I had difficulties throughout the race “.” When I jumped 2.26 and won, the race could not continue, the bar could no longer be raised – continued Tamberi, defining a “lie” that had asked the judges before the play-off to skip another measure, in addition to the final one -. When I got off the sack, I went to meet Marco to shake his hand and congratulate him on his good performance. He looked at me with a grin and said ‘you can’t’ go on ‘anyway, as if to say’ you may have won but you don’t get what you were looking for ‘. At that point I didn’t see him anymore, also because he had teased me for the whole race and it had happened in the past as well. Many times, before the races. he told me ‘you can’t do it anyway’.
“We must never get upset – the conclusion of the blue – I’m sorry, but being called unsportsmanlike …” (ANSA).
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