• Italian Filippo Tortu Opens Season With 9.97 Over 100m in Rieti

By Watch Athletics

Italy's Filippo Tortu opened his 2018 season clocking 9.97 seconds over 100m at the Riunione Nazionale Della Velocita, a sprint events only meeting, in Rieti on Friday.

The 2017 European U20 sprint champion clocked a time that was 0.02 seconds faster than his Italian record but his winning time of 9.97 seconds was achieved above the legal limit at 2.4 m/s. 

The next race for the 20-year-old Tortu will be the 200m race at the Rome Diamond League on 6 June where he will go against World champion Ramil Guliyev and Noah Lyles from the United States.

“I can say that I felt very good in the last few meters, I tried to relax, to use only my feet, raise my knees. Unfortunately there was wind, but here I was racing against one of the strongest sprinters in the world: after the first 50 meters I thought only to be relaxed and the time has come.” Tortu told Fidal.it.

100m Final Results | Full Meet results here

1 TORTU Filippo ITALY 9.97
2 BROWN Aaron CANADA 10.00
3 GOLITIN Amaury FRANCE 10.11
5 ROTO Thando SOUTH AFRICA 10.35
6 FEDERICI Andrea ITALY 10.39
7 ZLATAN Andrei Alexandru ITALY 10.41
8 PAISSAN Lorenzo ITALY 10.44
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