Born in 2009, Gabriele doesn’t miss a beat: a talent on the square and a star on social media. And with Molfetta as his godfather, he can only have all the credentials for a brilliant future
Roberto Baglivo strikes again. The master of the New Marzial of Mesagne, one of the best known in Italy for having raised the two Olympic gold medals Carlo Molfetta and Vito Dell’Aquila, does not stop turning out talents. The latest is Gabriele Rosato who at the Polish Open shone by beating the competition despite his young age. In the -53 kg of cadets A he managed to conquer gold in one of the most renowned international competitions of the competitive calendar: no Italian had ever managed to establish himself in this age group (since inserted in the divisions) at first year of participation, Rosato thus becomes the youngest taekwondo athlete to have won a G1. For the 12-year-old from Mesagne it is the 37th success, and the 39th medal out of 39 races so far. In short, Gabriele is already a small champion, and the future is still to be written.
The pandemic had put his dreams on hold by canceling or postponing virtually all international youth competitions. After more than a year of stoppage, Rosato returns to the square in Warsaw and is unstoppable: he first overcomes the Irish athlete by technical knockout with a difference of 20 points, then a very tight semifinal with the Polish home athlete who Gabriele beats by 22. -18, to close a beautiful final won by 16-11 on the Lithuanian athlete. A success that is worth even more if you consider that the competition is giving away significant points for the world youth ranking.
“I’m back”. “I’m back”, reads the Instagram post published by Gabriele to celebrate the victory. Post that, at the time of writing, counts almost 2 thousand likes and many shares by greats of this discipline such as Bianca Walkden, Aaron Cook, Steven López and Anthony Obame: although 12 years old, he is already a taekwondo “star” with more of 16 thousand followers. The photo shows him performing in the iconic pose of Carlo Molfetta after winning the Olympic gold in London 2012, the now blue team manager is in fact his idol, as well as his godfather: on the occasion of his confirmation, Carlo gave him a special gift, the dobok he wore in that Olympic final which went down in history. “In life you can buy almost everything – Carlo’s message – except sweat, sacrifice and success. This gift is the symbol of all this for me. And with this gift I wish you to be able to sweat, to be able to make many sacrifices and to obtain many successes. Remember that from today, even if distant, I will always be by your side “. In short, his destiny seems to have already been written, we just have to keep an eye on this child prodigy that we are sure to have all the credentials to give us great sporting achievements.
September 13, 2021 (change September 13, 2021 | 11:09)
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Rosato shines at the Polish Open: it is his 37th gold. At 12 he is already a star!