Again him, always him: Aldo Montano. The Leghorn legend continues to amaze and at the age of 42 drags Italy of the saber into the final at the Tokyo Games (today at 12.30 against South Korea). However the assault for gold goes, he will close his Olympic experience with a medal (the fifth), which began in Athens seventeen years ago, giving himself the fifth medal and thus archiving in the best way an extraordinary career as an athlete, he, worthy continuer of that brilliant family tradition begun in 1936 by grandfather Aldo in Berlin.
Despite the one-year postponement of the Olympics, despite the contagion from Covid, Aldo Montano still had it starting as a reserve in this expedition to Five Circles, pursued at all costs, irreplaceable pawn for charisma and experience in the Italian team composed Luca Curatoli, Enrico Berr and Luigi Semele and led by coach Giovanni Sirovich. His presence on the platform this morning was crucial when Italy, after defeating Iran in the quarterfinals (45-44), had to do without Semele, injured during the semifinal against Hungary.
And Aldo Montano, as a true fighter, was found very ready, once again. First by limiting the world champion gold in Leipzig 2017 Andrs Szatmri to the first assault, then giving pearls of technique and spectacular shots against Tams Decsi (thanks to four consecutive winning hits), thus favoring the Italian comeback that will be completed by Berr and Curatoli for 45 -43 final. For Aldo Montano now there is only to wait to know the color of the next and last Olympic medal. In the palmares of the Leghorn champion, so far, an individual gold and a team silver in Athens 2004, two team bronzes in Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
July 28, 2021 | 11:49
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