Larissa Iapichino at the Absolute Championships in Ancona, she jumped up to 6.91, indoors, obtaining the junior world record, the absolute Italian one, equaling her mother Fiona May, obtaining the standard of participation in the Tokyo Olympics.
All at 18 years old. She said: "I still haven't realized what I just did. When I saw 6.91, I said to myself: damn I jumped as much as my mum. There aren't many words, it feels like a dream. Bringing an Olympic standard home at 18 years-old it's amazing, I hope I can take advantage of this experience to learn and extract the best from all my opponents and be able to grow.
I'm shocked, beating the record of one of the goddesses of the long jump is an emotion, a surprise and great happiness "The Olympics? I'm very young, it will be an experience like the Europeans will be. I will try to steal something from my opponents to grow and mature."
Fiona May, her mother, said: "It's unbelievable, I decided only at the last minute to come and see her. After today's second jump I thought: Larissa surpasses me! She gave that feeling. Now she has to try to win the first medals, the records are important, but the podiums are more.
If she reaches 15 medals then she will become the queen of the family. I taught her a lot about the mental aspect and now the fruits of the work are coming, she looks like me in terms of head and determination. And 'very determined on the platform."
Japanese Government abouth Olympics
The main Japanese government spokesman announces that the wide distribution of coronavirus vaccines is not a pre-requisite for moving forward with this summer's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
The Japanese chief cabinet secretary, Katsunobu Kato, said the government is considering global measures to have safe and secure Games, even without making vaccines a necessary condition. The vaccines from the end of February and will initially concern medical professionals, followed by people over 65 years of age in March, and subsequently those suffering from chronic diseases.
In recent days, Prime Minister Suga appointed Minister for Administrative Reforms Taro Kono as head of the coordination of the vaccine distribution process, promising to speed up the bureaucratic process and logistical profile.
Estanguet who then revealed that he had spoken with the IOC a few days ago, picking up positive signs: "I have the impression that everything is imagined and built to be able to adapt to the healthcare context and to find a solution to problems" The Tokyo Olympics could also be held behind closed doors if the health conditions required it, but the desire not to cancel them is very strong.
Postpone the Paris Games to 2028? It is not foreseen." Tokyo has signed preventive contracts for the supply of 290 million doses - more than double the population, with three pharmaceutical companies. The first of these, US-based Pfizer, asked for the vaccine to be approved in Japan in December, but a response from the health ministry won't come until next month.
Tony Estanguet, president of the organizing committee of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, also spoke on the Tokyo Games: "Better behind closed doors than not doing them. I would be very sorry not to see spectators at the races but the reality is that we have to adapt," he added.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s administration is adamant that the Olympics and Paralympics, postponed last year due to the pandemic, will be held this year from 23 July, despite public skepticism given the increase in infections in the country.
Vaccinations in Japan are expected to begin by the end of February. "We are evaluating the implementation of coordinated measures to have the Games that have a reliable level of safety, even without making the vaccine an obligation," Kato reiterates.
In a survey conducted by the Kyodo agency earlier this month, around 80% of respondents said they were in favor of a further postponement, or even cancellation of the Games. The total sum of infections in the capital since the beginning of the pandemic is now close to 88,000, and the metropolitan government has warned that the hospital system is facing an unprecedented crisis with a record of 155 patients in serious condition.
An authoritative source very close to the organizers spoke to the microphones of the British newspaper Times and asserted that there is a high probability that the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games will be canceled! These, a senior member of the coalition in government reported: "By now everyone has understood that we are moving towards the cancellation of the Olympic Games.
The goal now is to find a way that saves everyone's face and that maybe leaves a door open to Tokyo for the future. Nobody wants to be the first to announce it but given the situation it is really difficult to achieve the Olympic Games."
There are denials from the Japanese government but the situation is not the best and latest rumors also indicate that Tokyo is already trying to get the possibility of being able to host the 2032 Olympic Games.