Athletics: A jump into the Fort, standing jump specialty

“Un Salto nel Forte” on the evening of Tuesday 13 September, with the iconic setting of the Bard Fort that dominates the entrance to the Val d’Aosta, a more unique than rare event will be held that will unite the world of entertainment and that of sport In the Piazza d’Armi of the Fort, which was also the gothic setting of the film “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, the final of the “High Speed ​​League” track and field circuit will be held, with an Olympic specialty revitalized after more than a century of oblivion: the long jump from a standstill.

Thanks to the collaboration between the specialized blog Queenatletica and the Manzana events company, over the last two years a real circuit of events has been built between Northern Italy and Switzerland in order to allow sprinters and jumpers to extend their athletics. to find the best conditions to perform in a landscape that on other occasions often forgets the “athlete” factor and its fun: this is how the offices of Donnas (famous for its favorable wind), Berceto (800 meters above sea level) were identified. altitude on the Parma hills), Mendrisio in Canton Ticino (with a fabulous track for the one vs one challenges) up to the super conditions of the 2000 meters of Colle del Sestriere with two timed straights to take advantage of the wind trend. And there have been many performances of a high international level.

The glue of all the events was the long jump from standstill, a specialty held at the Olympic Games until 1912 and which became famous for the frog man’s deeds, aka Ray Ewry (10 Olympic golds, two of which in the intermediate edition ), a character between the mythological and the supernatural who remained the most successful athlete in the history of the Games until the exploits of swimmer Michael Phelps in 2008. Curiosity? As a child he was suffering from a severe form of polio that he “healed” with such a mass of exercises he himself invented, so much so that he became an athlete with a formidable explosive strength, so as to dominate all competitions and become, in fact, the frog man.

At the Forte di Bard on 13 September starting at 9.00 pm Ewry’s emulators will be sought: to do so, all the best performers who performed during the stages of the High Speed ​​League, as well as other specialists, were invited.

The specialty also had its Italian championship at least until 1929 and, for the occasion of its reintroduction in the High Speed ​​events, the ranking of the best ever was resurrected thanks to the association of statisticians ASAI.

The Italian record (which dates back over a century ago, obtained by a Lazio footballer who also practiced athletics, Oreste Zaccagna) then fell several times during the circuit until it hoisted at 3.37 meters put on the scoresheet by Emanuele Brunello, an athlete from Vicenza. by the tightrope walker Parkour.

In the Piazza d’Armi del Forte, all the best Italian interpreters of the “new” specialty will gather: up for grabs, not only the title of winner of the High Speed ​​League of the discipline, but also the virtual title of Champion of Italy after almost a century .

The “portable” sandpit for standing long jump (a tank with a small platform for “jumping”) will be assembled in the center of the square to give everyone a chance to watch the performance of the athletes, men and women. The delicate phases of transport and assembly will be handled by local suppliers and the entire realization will take place thanks to CVA Energie which for the second year is sponsor of the circuit and whose precious green gadgets have been the prize for all the athletes who have created, in a of the stages, their personal best.

The CVA Energie corner will be set up at the Forte with the distribution of free gadgets. Before the highlight of the evening, it will also be possible for anyone who wishes to try their hand at the long jump.

During the event Deejay Felix will be present to enrich the entertainment; all the best athletes who have distinguished themselves in the various disciplines of the circuit will also be awarded, and, last but not least, the athlete who, regardless of his placement, has improved the most between the first and last stage. Various personalities from local and national athletics were among the guests.

The Forte di Bard will therefore carry out an extraordinary evening opening and will make available the charm of its architecture, stage, lights and the cafeteria service for what will be a free event with free access to celebrate sport, entertainment, performances, the culture and the territory.

Athletics: A jump into the Fort, standing jump specialty