Paralympic champion Assunta Legnante and European title-holder Giuseppe Campoccio led the Italian delegation that shone on home field by taking 11 golds at the Ancona 2018 Winter Challenge, between 27 and 28 October.
At World Para Athletics’ first dedicated throws competition, Legnante won the women’s shot put F11-37-38-41. Campoccio added three golds for the hosts in the men’s discus throw F32-33-52, javelin throw 33-34 and shot put kg 3.000 F33.
Italy claimed three more golds in the women’s field through Giuseppa Nicoletti (shot put F32-33-34), Maria Criscione (discus throw F32-33-34) and Elena Favaretto (javelin throw F11-37-38).
Antonino Puglisi (shot put F32-34), Antonio Acciarino (shot put F36-37-44-63), Simone Giovarruscio (discus throw F12-13-36-37-41-44-63) and Mersed Becirovic (discus throw F55-56-57) were Italy’s other four male winners.
Bulgaria ended second in the medals table with five golds. Petar Petrov secured two of them in the men’s shot put F52-56-57 and javelin throw F56-57.
Georgi Kiryakov added two more in the men’s shot put F54-55 and javelin throw F52-54-55, while Daniela Todorova claimed the fifth in the women’s javelin throw F34-54-55-56-57.
Canada also enjoyed two successful days as they won four golds through Alister McQueen (men’s javelin throw F13-37-63-64), Renee Danielle Foessel (women’s discus throw F11-37-38-41), Sarah Mickey (women’s discus throw F54-55) and Greg Stewart (men’s shot put F12-20-40-41-46).
Christy Gardner gave the USA their only two golds in the competition in the women’s shot put F54-55-56-57 and discus throw F56-57.
Greece’s Athanasi Konstantinidis (mixed club throw F32) and Slovakia’s Marian Kureja (men’s club throw F51) won the remaining two events.
Ancona 2018 Winter Challenge full results.