“Curiosity and passion for running have always driven me throughout my career. This day, for me, it’s like going back to a beautiful time, full of joy and smiles. I wish the Italian sprinters all the best for the Roma 2024 European Athletics Championships”. 

Italian legend Livio Berruti, gold medal in the 200 metres at Rome 1960 Olympic Games, said these words during the meeting with the Italian sprinters today at the Stadio dei Marmi, that will be used as one of the warm-up areas during the Roma 2024 European Athletics Championships.

The sprinters were honoured to meet in person one of the legends of Italian athletics, whose victory more than sixty years ago at the Olympic Stadium in Roma is still in the memory not only of sport but of all Italian culture.

Berruti greeted the Italian 4×100 relay athletes one by one, from Olympic champion Lorenzo Patta to European Champion in the 60 meters indoor Samuele Ceccarelli, the world silver medallist in the 60 hurdles indoor Lorenzo Simonelli and the young talents Marco Ricci and Matteo Melluzzo, accompanied by Italian speed coach Filippo Di Mulo and assistant Giorgio Frinolli.

For the first time, the Italian team was able to test the new track at the Stadio dei Marmi, completely renovated by Sport and Salute. The Roma 2024 European Athletics Championships will be held at the Olympic Stadium and at the Foro Italico Park for six consecutive days from Friday 7 June to Wednesday 12 June. Tickets and subscriptions to follow the competition live are on sale here.