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Emmanuel Emeji made Athletica Estrada close to a medal in the World Cup in the United States

Emmanuel Emeji Athletica brought Estrada very close to a medal at the just-concluded World Championships in Athletics at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. In the triple jump, he took fifth place only 14 cm from the bronze medal.

Ihemeje touches the podium

Emmanuel, aged 24 on October 9, born in Italy to Nigerian parents after playing football, embraced athletics when he was living in Verdelino, wearing an Estrada jacket. Then I tried many specialties, the long eye and the great ability to find the talents of his mentor, the technical director of Atlética Estrada Paulo Brambilla, directed him to the jumping platform. From there he began his career, which was in full swing: after the Olympic final in Tokyo (11th place) Ehimeji also entered the World Cup final in the United States, where he finished fifth, which is equal to the amount of gold that weighs and that for the association Di Treviglio and Caravaggio, is Historic achievement.

Eugene (US) 07/15/2022 World Athletics Championships Oregon 22 – Photo by Giancarlo Colombo / AJ Giancarlo Colombo

“It was exciting to see Emmanuel on these stages – says Estrada’s president Pierluigi Giuliani -, confirmation but at the same time a huge improvement in terms of placement, let’s not forget that he is only 22 years old. In the Olympics in the final, he paid for feelings and did not express himself because he knows how to do, this time he fought to the last jump, believed in it to the end, he had a great desire to take risks to find the right centimeter to make the great jump.

What does Estrada mean to you?

“He’s an example for everyone to see what he’s done. Hearing the Atletica Estrada name around the world thanks to Emmanuel’s results is an invaluable emotion. It now represents the pinnacle of the work we’ve been doing for years at the youth level in the region. And on the launch pad, there are other exciting athletes interesting like Emmanuel Mussumary And the Alessandra Azi and others”.

On the “home” track, Emmanuel studies and lives in Eugene, and in the final after the first empty jump, he slipped 17.03 m, 16.69 m, 16.81 m, 16.71 m and finally the best 17.17 m. Paolo Brambilla, who was also naturally glued to television on World Championship nights, analyzes the race and his student’s results.

“I spoke to Emmanuel between qualifying and the final – says the coach of Estrada -, I knew he was fine and could fight for the bronze with 4/5 other athletes. Removed Portugal’s Picardo (gold medal 17.95 mt, ed) and Zango from Burkina Faso. (17.55m silver, ed.) Currently out of range, he was there to fight with Italian champion Dallavale and the Americans.China Zhou (bronze with 17.31m) and Dallaval with 17.25m found (as he always does) the right jump.Emmanuel was very good at climbing over American Scott With the last jump at 17.17m (this would be a new record in ‘open but high winds +2.6 negates the record-breaking result, ed.) being regularly above 17m is a source of gratification for him and for us, he has now entered the world elite. In the last jump great concentration and ability to focus the target, which is not a skill n much.”

How about your feelings on TV at three in the morning?

“I thought to myself: But who would have thought that you would reach these levels? Of course you work and hope to reach the highest possible level, but you know very well that it also takes a whole series of experiences and life circumstances that they lead to achieve certain results, it is not easy but Emmanuel has Strong determination as well as natural talent and in my opinion he still has room for improvement. Now the target is the European Championships in mid-August in Munich in Germany where he can go for the medal.”

Now Estrada aims to Cali 2022

For Estrada now, the spotlight will be on the Cali World Junior Championships 2022, set to take place in Colombia from August 1-6, with Italy’s emerging champion Emmanuel Mussumari in the shot put (qualifying on Monday August 1, potential final on Tuesday 2). . Meanwhile, another young protagonist training in Estrada, Milanes Erika Saracini (Bracco Atletica) reached the final of the triple in size six (12.12 metres) at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. Today Friday 29th July final.

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