Good first: Palmero, Al-Awani, Queen and King of Corrida – Sports
The winners of the 49th edition of the race dedicated to the patron saint of Modena are Italians and newcomers. On the podium, Modenese Giulia Cordazzo and Alessandro Giacobazzi
The sun and pleasant temperature welcomed the competing athletes, with around 600 athletes registered and 537 athletes reaching the finish line.
The route ahead of them was the usual one starting from Viale Berengario then taking the Via Emilia between the classic stalls for Patron Saint’s Day and walking the streets of the city center then heading towards Cognento and back with access to Novi Sad Park. The 13.350km Ecclesiastical, together with the Mini Corrida of 3, saw a hugely popular engagement with a great desire to put the Covid restrictions of the last few years behind us. About 2,000 people from Modena and elsewhere “escorted” the competing athletes after the canonical start which this year saw the presence of some representatives of the sporting world in Modena, as well as city institutions, such as Tommaso Rinaldi, the Modena volley rider, and footballers Tommaso Silvestri and Thomas Battistella. In the end zone, on the other hand, the mobile studio of Radio Pico, the media partner of the event, enliven the afternoon not only for the athletes but also for the audience.
Male: Solo for Awani
Looking more into the heart of the races, the 21st Italian victory equaling the 21st Kenyan in history fell to Elias Awani, a multiple Italian champion in various distances and disciplines who decided in recent days to try his hand at this. Gemini classic. The Fiamme Azzurre athlete forced by Covid to abandon the European Cross Championships last December, in which he presented himself with excellent credentials, opened his 2023 road car with a test that immediately put him in the lead of the race and imposed its own pace that proved unsustainable for everyone. Upon arrival, the Massimo Magnani-trained Blue finished with a time of 38’26” putting just over a minute ahead of his first pursuer, world mountain running champion Xavier Chevrier who thus improves on the third place occupied in 2020. Close and with However, the podium in this edition is the Italian marathon champion Alessandro Giacobazzi, from Pavol of the Fratellanza house and who is currently wearing the colors of the Air Force.
Feminine: I of Palmero
On the other hand, the women’s race witnessed the first participation and first victory of Elisa Palmero, a Turinian member of the army who lives and trains in Modena under the eye of former champion and 800-meter specialist Elisa Cosma. For the 23-year-old who was, moreover, making her debut not only in Corrida but also in the distance, a race similar to Awani’s took shape in which she immediately imposed her own pace and stretched ahead of her pursuers, crossing the finish line with a time of 44′ 57″. Behind him for much of the race formed the quartet which, on the long run, saw Giulia Cordazzo of Modena stretch and triumph. Even for the young Gialubli talent, it was a first over a distance of this kind, but certainly the excellent form that distinguishes Her winter saw her finish ahead of her other competitors starting with Reggio Barbara Bressi who completed the women’s podium.
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