The European Masters Games Torino 2019, which will take place from 26 July to 4 August in the Piedmontese capital and in 15 municipalities in the provinces of Turin, Vercelli and Novara, will feature leading athletes who over the years have competed, won and stood out for exceptional companies .
Let’s start with Vaclav Hejda, Polish who, with his 93 years, is currently the most experienced athlete to date at EMG: class 1926, Vaclav will compete in track and field in the 100, 200 and 400 meter disciplines, in long jump and throw weight. His compatriot and challenger, as well as almost the same age, is Karel Matzner, born in 1927, who was also a member of the 200, 400 and 800 meters.
Also with regard to Italy there is no lack of examples of long-term athletes. This is the case of Vittorio Nocilli, 92 years old, today the most mature of our countrymen, enrolled in shooting competitions from 10 to 50 meters. In 2016 Nocilli was awarded the CONI of the Bronze Star for Merit, manager category.
National pride and great Master athlete, enrolled in rowing competitions in the single, couple and four without specialties, is Vittorio Soave, 85, inventor of the Silver Skiff race, considered the best single regatta in Europe. Soave, an antiquarian bookseller and passionate rowing practitioner since the 1950s, in 1992 launched a challenge to the singers of the club to which he is a member, Reale Canottieri Cerea, and other Turin-based companies to take on an 11-kilometer course. Since then the race has grown year by year, going from the 13 participants of the 1992 edition to the over 500 in recent years, attracting athletes from all over the world. In 2002 the SilverSkiff Trophy became part of the FISA international calendar, thus receiving the official international regatta consecration.
So far we have only talked about male athletes, but the Turin EMGs will not miss the female “stars”. Let’s start with a real swimming legend, Jane Asher, English, 88 years old, who will compete in the 50, 100, 200 and 800 mt freestyle and in the 50 meter butterfly. In addition to beating 100 Master records, the last of which was won in 2011 at the age of 80, Asher entered the International Swimming Hall of Fame, the museum on the history of swimming opened in 1964 in Florida. In addition to the records, in his racing career Asher also won over 20 gold medals at the FINA Master World Championships – International Swimming Federation.
He will compete in the very hard test of the vertical run, which will take place in the evocative setting of the Fenestrelle Fort, Franca Monasterolo, 76 years old, who scored the best time by age among all the Italians who participated in the last edition of the Marathon of New York, establishing among other things the new Italian category record.
But sport is also practiced in pairs, as in the case of the Turinese Agostino Ramella, 78, and Gabrielle Bois, born in 1943, homegrown Triathlon stars. To date, the oldest members for this sport, both will compete in the sprint race which includes: 750 meters swimming 750, 20 km cycling and 5 km running. Appointment on August 3rd to cheer for them!
These are just some of the many athletes from all over the world – USA, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa to name just a few – protagonists of the most awaited sporting event of the summer. The parks, squares and other landmarks of Turin and Piedmont are the backdrop for the competitions.
Registrations are open until 15 June 2019 on the event website. It is not necessary to be registered with sports federations, you can participate in three sports and five disciplines and compete for age groups.
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