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21Jul2011Record time at the International Meeting in Lignano

Tuesday 19th July took place in Lignano Sabbiadoro the 22nd International Meeting „Sport Solidarity” at the town stadium. The summer event, which has become an established meeting of all athletics disciplines, brings together champions coming from Italy and abroad.

Many famous names of Italian and regional athletics are mixed with big international stars looking for a world record and especially for an excellent performance in view of the upcoming world championship. This year the World Athletics Championships will take place in South Korea from 27th August to 4th September and the Meeting of Lignano is a very important moment to evaluate the training in view of this important event.

In Lignano Sabbiadoro there were important names on the track: first of all the Jamaican Team with Asafa Powell and Shelly-Ann Fraser in the lead, which since 2006 train on the tracks of Lignano Sabbiadoro, the American sprinter Tyson Gay with all the relay, the Russian jumper Elena Isinbayeva and Oscar Pistorius, a sporting personality at home in Lignano and in the entire Friuli, in search of the right time for London 2012.

And just Tuesday Oscar enhanced the thousands of spectators at the stadium, who cheered for him. Thanks also to the public, Pistorius got the time to participate in the World Championship in Korea in the 400 metres, the same time that would be sufficient to also access to the London Olympics in 2012. For the first time a disabled person will go to run with able-bodied in a World Championship, a goal pursued by Pistorius for so much time and got yesterday, the last possible opportunity to grab the necessary time and packing for South Korea.

But it was the right evening not only for Pistorius. The friulian track has been enlighted also by another star, indeed, by a lighting: the American relay 4×100 realized the world record, bringing Lignano Sabbiadoro into the international limelight. Also the Italian Anna Giordano Bruno has got a very good third place in the pole vaulting, where Russian Isinbayeva, awaited by the entire public, is unfortunately out of the race. The jumper has in fact failed the three tests on the measurement of 4,60 meters, which would be decisive for the victory.

In addition to the competitions for able-bodied, the International Meeting “Sport Solidarity” has also included many competitions for disabled people. Again there were many athletes with disabilities who were looking for the necessary time to accede to the London Paralympics 2012. Since 1990, the program of the Meeting includes competitions for disabled athletes and initially was almost a case unique in the world. In recent years, some champions were testimonials of this event, also running with disabled athletes, like Asafa Powell in several editions.

Last night was a magical evening for many athletes, but especially for the public that crowded the stands of the stadium. Not only fans, but also many tourists on holiday in Lignano wanted to be at this event rich in healthy sport with extraordinary athletes.

It is noteworthy that also this year’s Meeting of Lignano Sabbiadoro was completely free for the audience, who could lavish an offering.