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Always up for a show: Italy's high jump star and European champion Gianmarco Tamberi. © ANSA / Adam Warzawa

Tamberi & Battocletti win gold: Italy's fairytale continues

Tuesday evening at the European Athletics Championships in Rome passed under the watchful eye of President Sergio Mattarella. The politician was able to celebrate Italy's next two gold medals - including that of high jump star Gianmarco Tamberi.

Without a doubt: Gianmarco Tamberi is the Italian athletics superstar alongside Marcell Jacobs. The high jumper is the reigning world champion and Olympic gold medalist and is also considered one of the favorites for gold at the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris. Tamberi proved this claim in Rome, as the 32-year-old from Marche secured the European title on Tuesday evening. Afterwards, the eccentric high jump star symbolically removed a few springs from sneakers. A Tamberi triumph without a show is not possible.

In Rome, 2,31 metres was enough for Tamberi to win gold at the European Championships. For comparison: At the World Championships in Budapest last year, Tamberi won the gold medal with a height of 2,36 metres. But because the Ukrainian Vladyslav Lavskyy could not clear the 2,31 metre mark, Tamberi - who competed with a striking beard style (half of his face was shaved, the other half not) - did not have to jump any higher.

Gianmarco Tamberi in his element: The Italian set a new European Championship record. © APA/afp / ANDREAS SOLARO

But Tamberi, whose nickname is Gimbo, was not satisfied despite the gold medal. First he jumped over 2,34 meters, then he also cleared 2,37 meters. Tamberi thus set a new record at the European Championships - and celebrated with his shirt off in front of the home crowd in Rome. Bronze went to the Czech Jan Stefela.

Battocletti wins gold in the 10.000 metres

The 24-year-old Nadia Battocletti has secured the second European Championship gold medal in Rome. The Nonsberg native from Cavareno also set a new Italian record. Never before has an Italian woman completed the 10.000 meters as quickly as Battocletti did on Tuesday evening in Rome (30.51,33 minutes). Battocletti had already won the 5.000 meters and also set a new Italian record. Silver went to the Dutchwoman Diane Van Es, bronze went to Megan Keith from Great Britain. Federica Del Buono (Vicenza) narrowly missed the podium in fourth place.

Nadia Battocletti from Nonsberg won her second European Championship gold medal. © APA/afp / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT

There was also an Italian success in the 400 meter hurdles. Alessandro Sibilio was only beaten by hurdles world record holder Karsten Warholm from Norway. With a time of 47,50 seconds, Sibilio also set a new Italian record. Bronze went to Carl Bengtström from Sweden.

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