The second gold of the blue expedition to the Mediterranean Games in Oran still comes from artistic gymnastics. It was signed by Martina Maggio who, after having contributed to winning the medal in the team event, also won in the individual general competition with 54,864 points. In the All Around, she was challenged to the last, for the top step of the podium, with the other blue in the race, Asia D’Amato who has to settle for silver (with a score of 54.065). Third was the French Carolann Heduit (53.065). A race almost never in discussion, with the French who tried to enter the fight between the Lombard and the Ligurian but in the end she was forced to capitulate. Great performance of May especially on the beam and the free body where she broke all her and was awarded the most precious medal. D’Amato started very well, finishing in the lead after vaulting (14.033 against 13.666) and asymmetrical parallels (13.833 against 13.666), then Maggio overtook the beam (13.966 against 13.366) and won the title in the free body (13.566) against 12,833).
“We are very happy with the result, we fought until the end, we were very close in the score, we fought for it – said Martina Maggio at the end of the match -. We gave our all and we are really happy. In Tarragona four years ago I made the reserve, it happened to me more than once to have this role in the team but this helped me in terms of growth to get to where I am today: now I enjoy this medal and this splendid emotion “. “I am very happy with the race because I have not come from a top period – added Asia d’Amato – There have been some small errors but from here it goes on. Slowly I am recovering and I will try to find the best form as soon as possible. This is an excellent result and from here I can only improve ”.
The two blue are now expected from the specialty finals, then they will look forward to the next goals, starting with the European Championships scheduled in mid-August in Munich and then the World Cup in Liverpool in October-November. “We are aiming really high, at the team level we are strong enough and we can fight for it until the end – continued Martina Maggio-. It will certainly not be easy but we don’t like easy things: we will really fight to take our satisfactions and give our best to Italy “. The dream Paris 2024 is farther away. “If I think about it today it is such a strong emotion – admitted the Lombard – Already in Tokyo we came very very close and for us it was a huge joy because it had never happened at the Italian level. In Paris we will aim really high and we can’t wait ”. “Surely the path to be covered is still very long and must be faced slowly, step by step. First we will have the Europeans, then the World Championships that already qualify for the Olympics and there we will try to get the pass for Paris 2024. It is not all for granted, so we have to give it our all. And we will do our best ”, concluded D’Amato.
The Italian coach Enrico Casella is also satisfied. “The fight was between the two of them and the Frenchwoman. Today we had two girls who were a little tired because we are not in top form but they were very concentrated and in the end they got the better of it. Martina was brilliant, Asia felt a little more tired than her. Martina on the beam made the difference. We still have the finals and we will try to fight again, Asia is the favorite at the vault and Martina at the beam, but we have what it takes to fight for all the medals ”. The coach then looks to the European Championships in Germany. “This should be the European team but we also have Veronica Madriota and other girls at home, the squad is there. The five that have competed are the ones that have the greatest potential at the moment, ”concluded Casella.