The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual song competition that has been broadcast every year since its inauguration in 1956. It is the world’s longest-running TV show and one of the most watched non-sporting events, with a global audience of around 200 million viewers.
The tokyo 2020 olympics is the next in line in the Eurovision and Euro 2020. Italy has been having a golden summer with their performances in both events.
One of the highlights of day 14 in Tokyo was Italy’s gold in the 4x100m relay.
As the men’s 4x100m relay team stole the gold medal from Great Britain on Friday, Sport commentator Andrew Cotter exclaimed, “What a Games for Italy!”
And, if you’re Italian, what a summer it’s been.
Italy is having a fantastic summer.
- In May, the Eurovision winners will be announced;
- In July, the winners of Euro 2020 will be announced;
- Matteo Berrettini, the first ever Wimbledon finalist;
- Lamont Marcell Jacob’s prestigious men’s 100m sprint victory, a gold and world record in the men’s cycling team pursuit final; Gianmarco Tamberi’s iconic shared high jump gold; and Antonella Palmisano becoming the first Italian woman to win an athletics Olympic gold since 1984 by winning the women’s 20k race w
Prior to Tokyo, Italy had won 36 medals in the 1932 and 1960 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and Rome, respectively.
After Friday’s spectacular relay win, they now hold the most gold medals in athletics at a single Games, with five victories.
The following is how the nation reacted:
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, “This summer, we’ve been a nightmare for English sport, and, in the case of the Olympics, for the whole United Kingdom. It’s impossible to refute. The feeling is aptly expressed in the Daily Mail’s headline, which reads: “Not Italy again!””
According to the Mail Online report, Italy won Eurovision, while Britain received “null points.”
Filippo Tortu, an Italian relay sprinter, was cited in the Italian media as stating that he didn’t “understand” if the team had won: “I didn’t believe I had any more tears in me, and yet…” Tomorrow, singing the national anthem will be the most beautiful thing.
“I’m going to weep all over again.” When I first began jogging and saw the Brit close behind me, all I could think about was remaining cool and comfortable because I knew I could pass him. When I was running, I was more in control than when I crossed the finish line.
“I couldn’t believe it, I asked if we’d really won, and we had – I didn’t even check the final result when I saw ‘Italy’ on the screen, which was crazy, but I simply didn’t care.”
Lamont Marcell Jacobs (left), who won the 100m, also won the relay.
Also, according to La Gazzetta: “This is Italy’s fifth Olympic medal, and it may well be a once-in-a-lifetime achievement. This is Italy’s time to shine.”
“Sixty-one years later, Italy equals the performance of that wonderful period [the Rome 1960 Olympics] and surpasses the 36 medals, which seemed unattainable in contemporary times,” writes La Repubblica.
“Those who were there knew precisely what they were doing on the day Livio Berruti won the 200m and set a new world mark; it’s as likely that in 2082 people will remember what they were doing on the morning Jacobs and Tamberi hugged in Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium.”
Corriere della Sera’s front page also reads: “Italy will not give up its goal of historic gold in the 4×100. We’re the quickest in the world, thanks to Patta, Jacobs, Desalu, and Tortu.”
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