Athletics: Folorunso touches the Italian record 400 hs women

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– LA CHAUX-DE-FONDS, AUGUST 14 – The excellent moment of Italian athletics continues. This time the results come from the meeting in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, for the first international appointment after the Tokyo Games. In the 400 hurdles women Ayomide Folorunso flies in 54.65 which is the second time ever for an Italian, with her personal best improved by a tenth after two years, in a season that had not yet seen the 24 year old Emilian of the Fiamme Oro express herself to the maximum .

The Italian record of Yadisleidy Pedroso, set in 2013 with 54.54, is only eleven hundredths, and “Ayo” returns to grow, which had dropped below 55 seconds (54.75) when he managed to win the gold medal in 2019 at the Universiade of Naples, already becoming the second of each era at the national level.

This year, however, he had raced so far in 56.04 and at the Olympics he did not compete, even if he was called up in the relay group.

In the Swiss meeting she wins the success in front of opponents who were on track in Tokyo in the 400hs: the British Jessie Knight, second today in 54.78, and the Norwegian Line Kloster, on staff with 55.14, but also the South African Wenda Nel, Olympic semifinalist, which closes fourth in 55.56.

The medical student, trained by Maurizio Pratizzoli in Fidenza (Parma), has been the protagonist in the blue jersey several times in the past seasons: bronze at the indoor European Championships two years ago with the 4×400, of which she is an Italian outdoor record holder as well as a finalist Olympic in Rio. On an individual level in the 400 hurdles she finished fourth at the 2016 European Championships, then European under 23 champion in 2017 and twice gold at the Universiade (2017 and 2019). (HANDLE).