Historic success for Italy ai Gymnastics World Cup underway in Kitakyushu, Japan. Nicola Bartolini won thegold in the free body, bringing the tricolor back to the top step of the podium at a World Cup 24 years after Yuri Chechi’s last triumph to the rings. At the end of a practically perfect exercise, the Italian gymnast scored 14,800 points. Behind the 25-year-old athlete from Quartu Sant’Elena were the Japanese Kazuki Minami (14,766) and the Finnish Emil Soravuo (14,700). Italy’s last freestyle world medal dates back to 1966, with Franco Menichelli’s bronze in Dortmund.
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