Silver medal. Aldo Montano, 42 years old from Livorno, ends his adventure in Tolyo, the last act of his long career, on the second step of the podium in the team test. Just like in London 2012, where Aldo’s Olympic fairytale begins, then embellished with an individual gold. In the decisive challenge against South Korea Olympic champion in office in London (the specialty was not present in Rio), Italy must surrender 26-45, without ever entering the race, except in the first assault.
As in the semifinals, thanks to Luigi Samele’s injury, it is also up to Montano to lead Italy together with teammates Luca Curatoli and Enrico Berr. But the Livorno saber suffers a lot against his opponents Oh, Gu and Kim, very technical, fast and reactive, failing to express himself on the same level as the semifinal won against Hungary and losing all three attacks. Only in the final the other blue Luca Curatoli skilled in filing the gap with the opponents. However, Italy regained a prized medal in the specialty.
While waiting to evaluate what will happen in the future (“I almost stay up to Paris, maybe as a gunsmith” he let slip this morning), Aldo Montano is enjoying his fifth Olympic medal won in the fifth Olympics. He started as a reserve in the blue expedition led by coach Giovanni Sirovich, the descendant of the most famous dynasty of sabers in the world had been called to the platform on the occasion of this morning’s semifinal against Hungary (won 45-43), still showing his class and his crystalline technique and resulting decisive in the victory of Italy.
The Olympic palmares of the Tuscan champion now include an individual gold and a team silver in Athens 2004, two team bronzes in Beijing 2008 and London 2012, in addition to the silver in Tokyo 2020.
July 28, 2021 | 14:01
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