(ANSA) – ROME, AUGUST 16 – First medal for Italy in athletics at the European Championships in Munich. It is the bronze in the 35 km walk of Matteo Giupponi, who conquers the podium in 2h30: 34 after a race conducted in the top positions.
Behind the unstoppable Spaniard Miguel Angel Lopez, gold in 2h26: 49, the blue always travels in the group of pursuers while about ten kilometers from the finish there is the attack of the German Christopher Linke who takes the silver in 2h29 : 30.
Giupponi’s decisive action for third place is when there are six kilometers to go with the 33-year-old from the Carabinieri, up to that moment fourth, who manages to overtake the Spaniard Manuel Bermudez (at the foot of the podium with 2h32: 31). For the man from Bergamo, romantically linked to the blue walker Eleonora Giorgi and soon to be a father, he is the first international career medal at an absolute level, after having highlighted himself in the past seasons also in the 20 km, finishing eighth at the Rio Games in 2016. (ANSA) .
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