Rome: The Foreign Press Association awards the best athletes of the year in Italy


Response from Italy for ERT: Christian Mavris

The correspondents of the Foreign Press Association, on the occasion of the coming year full of sports success for Italy, voted the best athletes of 2021.

Marcell Jacobs was named Athlete of the Year for his 100m victory at the Tokyo Olympics – the first Italian to win a gold medal in the sport. Jacobs also set a new European record and won gold in the 4x100m relay at the same Olympics.

Lamont Marcell Jacobs (AP Photo / Luca Bruno)

The award for the Best Foreign Athlete in Italy goes to the Milan footballer, of Swedish nationality, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Always a pillar of Italian and world football, Ibrahimovic stood out again this year with his tough and effective game, proving that he is a necessary force for Milan on its way to the Scudetto.

The Career Sports Award is given to swimmer Federica Pellegrini for her international resume. With more than twenty years of competition, participation in five Olympics, one Olympic gold medal, six world championship gold medals and seven European gold medals, Pellegrini retired on November 30, earning the nickname “La Divina (The Divine)”.

Federica Pellegrini (AP Photo / Lee Jin-man)

The Sports Award of the Foreign Press Association in Italy was born thirty years ago, when for the first time in 1991 the Awards for the Best Athlete of the Year, the Best Foreign Athlete in Italy and the Career Award were given. The winners so far include great names such as Debora Compagnoni, Francesco Totti, Fiona May, Zinedine Zidane and Dino Zoff.

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