Now, two-and-a-half months after jumping in the indoor championship in Italy, the 18-year-old explains how he feels to explain how he set a new world record inside the juniors and equated to an internal record in Italy.
The 18.9-year-old jump to 6.91 meters in February was also personal.
“She was in the competition,” Iapichino says. “He came up to me and said,‘ You could have worked 6.92 meters. ‘And I was like this:’Mother ?!‘
“She was very happy with me. And she didn’t mind if one day I broke her records […] she always makes me try as hard as I can. “
“He said you have to be there and feel the excitement to feel the unique atmosphere of the Olympics,” Iapichino says. “She couldn’t describe it to me. She said you have to feel it in your skin.
“I sometimes watch my mom’s videos. It’s amazing to see my mom as an athlete because all my life I’ve known her as my mom, she tells me to do my homework, not to be late.”
“But he was a fairy – and he’s here in Italy – and that makes me proud of him.”
Named Larisa Berezhnaya, a longtime jumper who competes between the USSR and Ukraine and was a May rival in the 1990s, it seems that Iapichino has always been destined to take up the sport himself.
But after starting his athletic life as a gymnast and despite his family history, long jump has never been an obvious choice.
“When I started athletics, I hated long jumps, it was my worst experience,” says Iapichino.
“I was a runner and a runner and one day my old coach asked me to do this long jump race just for fun […] and I started to jump away.
“From that moment on, I was like,‘ Yeah, that’s not so bad. “And then I started training and here I am.
“It was very casual and I’m very happy with it. My first love was a hurdle, but my heart is with a long jump. I mean, it’s something that might be very close to my heart because it’s also a family thing.”
At the national level, Iapicino has made significant strides – most recently, his record-breaking jump in Ancona in February earned him the Italian domestic title.
She also became the European U20 champion in 2019 after defeating the athletes for nearly two years – something she had been accustomed to throughout her career.
“I’ve always been younger,” she says. “When I was U18, I used to compete with U20 and now I’m U20 and I compete with adults. I’m used to it.
“But adult races are different. They’re literally a battlefield, but competing with these very inspiring women is very exciting and exciting.”
Now Yapichino shows up in front of him to jump over seven meters – “a really important measure in the women’s long jump” – and beyond that is the Italian mother’s record of 7.11m as a long-distance goal.
She also leads an energetic life outside of athletics. On top of preparing for two-and-a-half to three hours a day, five times a week, Iapichino is also in the upper grades of high school and will take his final exams in June. She then plans to continue her law studies in Florence while pursuing her sports career.
“It’s very difficult to balance these two things,” says Iapichino.
“I usually study until late. Sometimes I try to find small pieces in my spare time to just copy some lessons. So it’s very difficult, but with hard work everything is possible.”
Iapichino will be 19 years old and will compete in the Olympics when it starts on July 23rd.
His main feelings on the eve of the Games are “exciting,” although his family is unable to travel to Tokyo with him after a ban on international spectators from participating in the pandemic.
“They will be with me, video calls and text messages,” Iapichino says.
“Having your family there, your first Olympics, I think is very emotional and important, but the situation is very complicated. So we’ll see.”
If his family can’t be with him in Tokyo in person, then the lessons he learned are learned by two former athletes.
“I was always brought up with sports values - hard work, determination – so it would negatively affect my athletic career,” says Iapichino.
“From the moment I started playing sports and even in life, I have always relied on these values that they have taught me from the world. Sports have been in my life forever.”
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