Tamberi's bitter record, wins in Monte Carlo but gets injured
Gianmarco Tamberi set the Italian record in the high jump in Monte Carlo, with a winning jump of 2.39m during the ninth leg of the IAAF Diamond League. However, the Italian athlete had to be stretchered off the mat after sustaining an injury during the second attempt at 2.41.
A fantastic competition for the 24-year-old from Marche, from the Fiamme Gialle sporting group, the third Italian winner in the history of the Diamond League after Fabrizio Donato and Marco Fassinotti, with his 2.39m at the third attempt, after having passed the first attempt at 2.37m following two clearances at 2.31m and 2.34m. Second was the World champion from Moscow Bohdan Bondarenko clearing 2.37 on his second attempt, with Syrian Ghazal in third with 2.34. Tamberi, World indoor champion in Portland and European champion in Amsterdam, improved the Italian record by one centimetre previously at 2.38m (Hustopece, 13th February 2016) and the Italian outdoor record and former indoor/outdoor mark by two centimetres (2.37m in Eberstadt, 2nd August 2015).
After the victory, Tamberi decided to celebrate the best competition of his career with two attempts at 2.41, but the second was painful, he twisted his left ankle on takeoff and Italian athlete's night ended on a sour note. The Italian jumper was taken away on a stretcher.