21 JUL 2014 Report Rovereto, Italy

Grenot moves up to pole position among Europe's 400m elite

Italian 400m runner Libania Grenot (Getty Images)Italian 400m runner Libania Grenot (Getty Images) © Copyright

Libania Grenot was the star of this weekend's Italian Championships in Rovereto when she won the 400m in 50.55, the fastest time in Europe this year over one lap of the track, on Sunday (20).

Grenot, fourth at the 2010 European Championships, just missed her own national record of 50.30 set in Pescara in 2009.

“I am always ready to do my best when it matters most," said Grenot. "Italian athletics can rely on me. There is a lot to do in the three weeks before the European Championships. I am in good form but there is a lot of work to do."

Matteo Galvan, an IAAF World Championships semifinalist in Moscow last summer, improved his season’s best to 45.58, just 0.23 off his personal best set last year in Brussels, to win the men’s 400m.

Diego Marani won his second consecutive Italian 200m title and smashed his personal best with 20.47 as Galvan finished runner-up in 20.71.

Marzia Caravelli cllnched her fifth Italian 100m hurdles title with 13.07 while Yadisleidy Pedroso, Italian record-holder with 54.54, won her second consecutive 400m hurdles title with 55.84.

World junior high jump champion Alessia Trost improved her season’s best to 1.90m when winning her second consecutive title before missing three attempts at 1.93m.

Italian hammer thrower Nicola Vizzoni, former Olympic and European silver medallist, won his 28th national title with 75.99m at the age of 41.   

Antonella Palmisano, the 2010 IAAF World Race Walking Cup winner in the junior women’s race, won the women’s 10km race walk in 45:15 around the centre of Rovereto. Giorgio Rubino clinched the 10km men’s race in 40:13.

Diego Sampaolo for the IAAF