July 2011

22nd International Meeting of Athletics in Lignano

Published: Friday, 22 July 2011

Tuesday 19th July took place the 22nd International Meeting “Sport Solidarity” in Lignano Sabbiadoro. Since the late afternoon the municipal stadium, which is located at the entrance of Lignano, has begun to welcome the large crowd on its terraces and, despite some drops of rain, has never abandoned the show.

In fact, it was a real sporting spectacle. The meeting of Lignano Sabbiadoro is included for several years in the circuit of the major summer sporting events, drawing athletes of international level, world and Olympic champions.

Just think to the Jamaican team, that since 2006 has chosen the beach of Lignano Sabbiadoro as ideal place for the preparation and summer training, finding himself very well both in the seaside resort and on the track, described as very fast. Thanks to these compliments, the sporting facility of Lignano has gained even more visibility by athletes and coaches, who started to frequent it taking part at the International Meeting.

Thanks also to names like Asafa Powell, Shelly-Ann Fraser, Tyson Gay, Elena Isinbayeva, Anna Giordano Bruno, Manuela Levorato and Oscar Pistorius, the Meeting becomes a chance not to loose not only for fans, but also for tourists on holiday in Lignano. Champions of athletics defy each other in this competition, that this year has been very important: it was the last chance to obtain the required time to access the world championships in South Korea, scheduled from late August to early September. In addition, these times allow also to access to Olympics in London 2012.

For this reason, the meeting has been a major event and did not disappoint the crowd.

Sure, the sport’s most acclaimed and who has received the most applause was Oscar Pistorius: the South African runner has won, with his carbon legs, the access to the World Athletics Championship in Sout Korea, winning the 400 meters and especially obtaining the required time to go to World Championships and Olympics. The audience was completely into raptures and Oscar thanked everyone in an impromptu press conference, excited and very happy. Now the trail of Lignano Sabbiadoro is linked him and this important milestone, which allows him to compete at the World Championships together with able-bodied athletes.

But the track of Lignano gave another important event: the world record of U.S. 4X100 relay. In a flash the 4 sprinters have crossed the ring and demolished the previous record, warning all competitors that will participate in the World Championships.

These two events were the most important of the whole evening, but many other personal records and of the meeting have been defeated, many other athletes gained the access to the World Championship and obtained outstanding performance. And all this in an evening where sport has been synonymous with solidarity, as always: all donations offered by the public (the entrance was free) have been gave to charity to an association in the region that takes care of children and young people with physical and mental disabilities.

The evening of Lignano brought a great show together with a moment of hope for less lucky young people.

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