Last year the Italian Cadet Championships were held on the Parma track, in which they compete for regional representatives. Wearing the jersey of the Fidal Toscana regional committee, two athletes from Uisp Atletica Siena, both medalists in the Parma under 16 tricolor review: Latena Cervone and Duccio Bernardi.
Latena Cervone, born in 2006 and coached by Maurizio Cito, won the Italian title in the 1000m, beating the competition and stopping the clocks in 2’33”82, her new personal best on distance. A race conducted in safety and study of the opponents in the first 300 meters, to then begin to dictate the pace in the next lap of the track and, finally, an increase in pace in the last 400 meters with a race strategy that earned him the first step of the podium, and the tricolor title, almost four seconds behind the second classified (Davide Barbone, Fiamme Gialle Simoni – Lazio, 2’37”10).
The other red and white athlete to go to the medal was Duccio Bernardi in the discus throw. Cadet in the first year of the category, therefore class of 2007, and trained by Elena Calzeroni. The fourteen-year-old Sienese appears on the platform taking the first places already from the second launch with the disc landing at 36.34m, and then improving by 50 centimeters at the penultimate launch of the competition, hurling the tool from 1.5kg to 36.84m; measure that earned him the tricolor bronze, behind Marco Caccamo (Atl. Olympus – Calabria) with 37.38m and the winner Valerio Paionni (Atl. Tiburtina – Lazio) with 39.19m.
Following the Tuscany expedition to Parma, our president and technical director Stefano Giardi, in the role of Technical Trustee of the Tuscan regional committee Fidal, and Elena Calzeroni, throwing coach for the Sienese club and from this year part of the regional technical structure.
The Tuscan representative, thanks also to the scores of our athletes, ranks third among the cadets with 269 points behind Lazio (284.5) and Lombardy (301), in seventh place with the cadets for a combined ranking that sees the Tuscan expedition in fifth place overall, portrayed as a “great result, with the cadets finding the team podium after a long time, with the hope of finding the same in 2022 with the cadets” in the words of the technical trustee Stefano Giardi.