Battocletti, what a show: golden hat-trick at the European cross

The 21-year-old from thirty, after two junior successes, in Dublin wins among the under 23s, dragging her companions to the team title. Seniors: Crippa retired when he was in the leading quartet

Andrea Buongiovanni

@abuongi

Edition no. 27 of the European cross is also colored blue. Thanks to Nadia Battocletti, a 21-year-old from thirty who in Dublin – on a sufficiently hot day – after seventh Olympic place in the 5000, second European after only the Dutch Sifan Hassan and a long series of prestigious results, seals a season to be framed. The standard bearer of the Blue Flames, after two junior triumphs, wins for the third consecutive time (considering the 2020 stop due to a pandemic) and is definitively consecrated. Dragging her companions to the team title and Italy – indeed subdued, seventh in the points classification of the review – to third place in the overall medal table behind Great Britain (5-1-2) and Norway (2-2-1). Despite the red disc for the most anticipated blue: Yeman Crippa, when a little more than two km from the finish is in the leading quartet and the podium seems within reach, suddenly loses a few meters, touches his right side and is forced upon withdrawal.

Good Nadia

The only medals of the day, thus, come from the women’s under 23 test. Halfway through the race, a group of a dozen athletes, including three blue athletes, is in the lead: Nadia Battocletti, Anna Arnaudo and Giovanna Selva, with the first always vigilant in the very first positions. It is Nadia who progressively stretches, makes selection. Six remain, with Arnaudo still the protagonist. The French Trapp tries, who takes a couple of meters ahead. Arnaudo yields, five remain, with sly Battocletti. It’s a very long five-way sprint. Attacks the Slovenian Lukan, not a stranger. Nadia understands that it is the decisive action and supports it. It is the same two-sided challenge in July, in the 5000 under 23 European Championships in Tallinn. And as in Estonia it is the blue who brings the thrust that is worth the gold. The engineering student, in the last 300 meters, changes gears and there is nothing left for anyone. For Nadia daughter of art (father Giuliano was blue on the track and in the cross) she is gold as among the juniors at Tilburg 2018 and Lisbon 2019. Behind her, just like in Portugal, Lukan and the Portuguese Machado. With Arnaudo sixth and Selva eleventh, the party is completed by the team title.

Seniores men

Jakob Ingebrigtsen wins and, perhaps, there was no doubt. The Olympic champion of 1500 runs with a disarming ease, checks and when about a kilometer from the end he decides it’s time to leave, says goodbye and leaves. Previously, already after a third of the race, a quartet had formed in the lead comprising Crippa, the Turkish (Kenyan) Kaya, defending champion and the French Gressier, winner of three consecutive under 23 titles. Category in which Ingebrigtsen could have competed, returning from a brace among the juniors. One who among the greats has already shown that he can do what he wants. Behind him finish Kaya and Gressier. With Neka Crippa, Yeman’s brother, forced to the stake by a night sickness, the best Italian is Yassin Bouih from Reggio, 46th. I arrive (km 10): 1. J. Ingebrigtsen (Nor) 30’15 ”; 2. Kaya (Tur) 30’29 ”; 3. Gressier (Fra) 30’34 ”; 4. Hay (Fra) 30’38 ”; 5. Somers (Bel) 30’38 ”; 6. Scrub (Fra) 30’39 ”; 46. ​​Bouih 32’15 ”; 57. Gerratana 32’54 ”; 60. Polikarpenko 33’09 ”; 69. Ouhda 33’51 ”; Y. Crippa rit; N. Crippa np Teams: 1. France 13; Spain 30; 3. Norway 47; 11. Italy 163.

The elders donne

One of the favorites wins, the 31-year-old Norwegian Karoline Grovdal, one who climbed the podium at the 2006 World Junior Championships and already a double European bronze on the track, who makes selection in progression. The last to sell is the Swedish Bahta, silver. With the German bronze Reh. Rebecca Lonedo is 17th. I arrive (km 8): 1. Grovdal (Nor) 26’34 ”; 2. Bahta (Sve) 26’44 ”; 3. Reh (Ger) 26’53 ”; 4. Judd (Gb) 27’01 ”; 5. Klosterhalfen (Ger) 27’12 ”; 6. Mengsteab (Sve) 27’34 ”; 17. Lonedo 28’40 ”; 40. F. Zanne 29’18 ”; 48. G. Zanne 29’38 ​​”; 51. Merlo 29’40 ”; 53. Cesarò 29’47 ”; 64. Colli 30’43 ”. Teams: 1. Great Britain 25; 2. Germany 29; Sweden 38; 8. Italy 105.

Under 23 gives

Given to Battocletti what belongs to Battocletti, applause to the Piedmontese Arnaudo, more and more a reality and Selva. I arrive (km 6): 1. Battocletti 20’32 “; 2. Lukan (Slo) 20’36 “; 3. Machado (Por) 20’36 “; 6. Arnaudo 20’55 “; 11. Selva 21’19 “; 33. Nestola 22’09 “; 36. Horses 22’11 “; 48. Moretton 22’41 “. Teams: 1. Italy 18; 2. France 25; 3. Great Britain 37.

Under 23 men

Everything is decided in the final and the 20 year old British Charles Hicks wins, a 27’47 “in the 10,000. Azzurri protagonists in the first part of the race, then slide backwards with the Lombard Luca Alfieri 18th. I arrive (km 8): 1. Hicks (Gb) 24’29 “; 2. McElhinney (Irl) 24’33 “; 3. Querinjean (Lux) 24’36 “; 18. Alfieri 25’17 “; 22. Arese 25’21 “; 29. War 25’34 “; 39. Fontana Granotto 25’45 “; 61. Selvarolo 26’31 “. Teams: 1. Ireland 21; 2. Great Britain 24; 3. France 36; 5. Italy 69.

Juniors men

Dominates the 17-year-old Axel Vang Christensen (still a student), fleeing the first meter. Impalpable blue presence. I arrive (km 6): 1. Christensen (Dan) 17’53 “; 2. Rabi (Nor) 18’18 “; 3. Lilleso (Dan) 18’21 “; 42. Mattio 19’14 “; 57. Berti 19’32 “; 64. Maggi 19’38 “; 70. Cornali 19’49 “; 78. Serafini 20’02 “; 80. Rooster 20’09 “. Teams: 1. Great Britain 34; 13. Italy 163.

Juniors women

British success thanks to Megan Keith, with a decisive extension in the final. Best Italian Ilaria Bruno, 16th. I arrive (km 4): 1. Keith (Gb) 13’41 “; 2. Ostgard (Nor) 13’44 “; 3. Heckel (Ger) 13’46 “; 16. Bruno 14’02 “; 25. Marangon 14’08 “; 3. 33. Bado 14’19 “; 62. Casati 14’40 “; 81. Reniero 15’00 “; 94. Pizzolato 15’47 “. Teams: 1. Germany 15; 7. Italy 74.

Mixed relay

It is not a question of traditionalism: this race, without detracting from the participants, devoid of meaning and value, does not take off. I arrive (km 1.5 x 4): 1. Great Britain 18’01 “; 8. Italy (Mattagliano, Maslak, Majory, Abdikadar) 18’37 “.

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Battocletti, what a show: golden hat-trick at the European cross

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