New young athletes to keep an eye on in 2017

Discussion in 'Track & Field' started by mastermulti, Jan 17, 2017.

  1. mastermulti

    mastermulti Mentor

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2006
    Messages:
    1,332
    Location:
    Sydney Australia
    I've just started looking at the IAAF site to see early season 60 metre times (after Christophe's 6.58 run).
    I found this intriguing -

    Giovanni Cellario - 22nd Nov 1994 - 6.60 secs

    I'd not heard of him so did a little research on him and found these results.

    In September 2005 - 10 years and 10 months LJ 5.30 (17'4 1/2")
    In May 2011 - 16 years 6 months 100m (0.9) 10.84
    This month - 22 years 2 months 60m 6.60

    Nothing to be found in between so I guess he's been doing lots of stuff in between times.
    Anyway, no denying his ability just on those three performances.

    Google him and check him out.
    Looks Northern Italian like Filippo Tortu. Would be great to see a good rivalry between these two to lift Italian sprinting stocks again
     
  2. jacknyc

    jacknyc Master

    Joined:
    May 14, 2006
    Messages:
    2,535
  3. McCaffrey Dude

    McCaffrey Dude Mentor

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2016
    Messages:
    501
    I just went to post on this Master and then saw this now. I usually follow caste 3 or 4 days a week and not know how I missed this one. Never heard of him either though that is a very fast time for someone his age.
     
  4. McCaffrey Dude

    McCaffrey Dude Mentor

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2016
    Messages:
    501
    There is another young white runner from England named Kyle Descofet. I know nothing about him other then he is a young 20 and has run a 6.64 60 meters. I winder if he progresses in the 100 outdoors?
     
  5. jacknyc

    jacknyc Master

    Joined:
    May 14, 2006
    Messages:
    2,535
    Kyle De Escofet was mentioned a few times in the 2016 Indoor Season post.
    He got down to 6.61 as a 19 yr old last year.
    At the time I commented how Britain seems to consistently turn out more white sprinters than the other European countries.
    But Italy is not far behind.
     
  6. limitless

    limitless Guru

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2012
    Messages:
    439
    Tortu is doing his plyo.

     
  7. elispeedster

    elispeedster Mentor

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2012
    Messages:
    666
    Tortu 18 years old nice Vertical as well....he could be the next Lemaitre

     
  8. sprintstar

    sprintstar Mentor

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2016
    Messages:
    876
    Location:
    Canada
    bad landing, not so good for the ankles....but he has some serious vertical :)
     
  9. McCaffrey Dude

    McCaffrey Dude Mentor

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2016
    Messages:
    501
    Whoever said the Italians are developing a bunch of young sprinters is probably correct. With Tortu and Cellario the Italians look good but 25 year old late-comer Massiliaramo Ferraro just ran a 6.60 not to long ago. I know it is not a long season but you would think the 60 times would be a little faster as colleges have been running for a while now and they always had 2 or 3 guys in the low 6.5 range by this time of year. It is nice to see Lemaitre second at 6.58 but there historically should be a lot more runners up there and I know its a non-Olympic non-world championship year ( I think ) but this is strange to me.
     
  10. limitless

    limitless Guru

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2012
    Messages:
    439
    Tortu has great form, but a weak start. The power will come as he hits the plyo, squats, deads and power cleans. His outdoor times are phenomenal for an 18 year old. His future is bright.

    Outdoors

    Indoors

     
  11. jacknyc

    jacknyc Master

    Joined:
    May 14, 2006
    Messages:
    2,535
    Filippo Tortu ran a 6.64 today in Italy.
    Kyle De Escofet (gbr) ran 6.66 in Austria.
     
  12. trackster

    trackster Mentor

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2010
    Messages:
    919
  13. elispeedster

    elispeedster Mentor

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2012
    Messages:
    666
    Tortu is the only Italian that is consistent with his times and he is only 18...the others would run 6.5, then a year later they cant break 6.7, or run a 10.1 then again a year later running 10.3-10.4....Tortu will be the next Lemaitre imo.
     
  14. elispeedster

    elispeedster Mentor

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2012
    Messages:
    666
    Great time for the 18 year old first race.
     
  15. limitless

    limitless Guru

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2012
    Messages:
    439
    Saw this on the IAAF site

    SPRINTING IS IN THE GENES
    Born in Milan, Tortu hails from a family of sprinters. “The only one who has never done athletics in my family is my mum!” he jokes.

    From Giacomo, his grandfather, to his father Salvino, sprinting runs in the veins of the Tortus. Coached by his father – obviously – Tortu says the only sprinter he looks up to is his 23-year-old brother Giacomo, a 21.05 200m runner.

    Tortu ran his first race age four. His parents had taken his brother to a local race and while waiting around, his mother found out about the kids’ race. “She just decided to sign me up and I won.”

    Tortu may not remember the race itself, but he does remember the award. “A toy,” he recalls. “It was a pink miniature motorcycle which I keep with all my medals.”

    Tortu has had a breakthrough year in 2016, twice improving the national U20 record, most recently at the European Championships in Amsterdam where his 10.19 was just short of a spot in the final and 0.03 off the qualifying standard for Rio.

    “Amsterdam was amazing,” he said. “It was such a fantastic experience. The fact that I set my personal best, the crowd, the atmosphere, the camaraderie with my team-mates. Everything was great.

    “I’m very disappointed,” he added about the Olympic Games. “I really wanted to be there.” There is extra disappointment for Tortu as the Italian 4x100m is not among the 16 qualified teams and will also be absent in Rio.

    So big is his disappointment about not going to Rio, he says he’s not going to even watch the athletics on TV. “Well maybe just the 100m and the 200m,” he quickly adds.

    “I will be cheering for Adam Gemili; he’s my favourite.” Tortu knows all about Gemili. He knows Gemili won the world U20 title in 2012, he knows Gemili still holds the championship record of 10.05, and he knows Gemili is a ‘very nice person’.

    “I met him in Amsterdam,” said Tortu. “He congratulated me on my PB. He also came up to me after the 4x100m and he wished me well. I really appreciated that.

    “I don’t really like all the antics of some athletes before the start of a race. Adam is more discreet. I like that.”

    LONG-TERM GOALS
    Tortu currently lives in Costalambro, a village of 1500 inhabitants near Monza. He loves music, anything from classic to rock, and would love to play the drums but has little time on his hands. He trains five, sometimes six, days a week after high school. “I want to go to university but I don’t really know what I want to do when I’m older.”

    He played basketball until the age of 13 when he was forced to stop due to recurrent injury problems with his heels. And just like every Italian teenager, he is a football fan – “Juve, of course” – and misses playing the game.

    Tortu knows it would be too much of a risk on his frail teenage body. He has even stopped running the 200m until he builds up a stronger frame. “I love the 200m, the technique, the curve,” he says. “But I’m too thin for the event. The speed we have coming off the curve is so high.”

    Tortu’s missed opportunity through injury in Nanjing two years ago draws parallels to Gianmarco Tamberi’s recent experience, with the Italian high jumper being forced to miss the Rio Olympics after hurting his ankle.

    “I was devastated when I heard the news,” said Tortu, echoing the feelings of his nation. “I wrote to him to offer my support last week and he wrote back last night to congratulate me.

    “He’s a top guy. He’s achieved amazing results on the track but it’s off the track that he’s really a top guy. We really needed him. I’m sure he’ll be back stronger and we’ll both be back for the next Olympics.”
     
  16. McCaffrey Dude

    McCaffrey Dude Mentor

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2016
    Messages:
    501
    Italy has another up and coming sprinter who is only 16 and has the under 18 second best 60 meter time in the world this year at 6.87. Also in the top five is one one hundreth of a second behind this Lornzo Paissan is a 15 year old from Hungary. Hungary has not had a top notch 60 meter guy since Roland Nemeth.
     
  17. McCaffrey Dude

    McCaffrey Dude Mentor

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2016
    Messages:
    501
    There are a number of really young white/French sprinters coming up recently. One of them is 16 year old Paul Tritenne. He has a 21.57 indoor 200 time this year. Not to shabby.
     
  18. jacknyc

    jacknyc Master

    Joined:
    May 14, 2006
    Messages:
    2,535
    Looks like De Escofet pulled up in the race in Birmingham this weekend.
    Might be a hamstring injury.
     
  19. jacknyc

    jacknyc Master

    Joined:
    May 14, 2006
    Messages:
    2,535
    Just noticed a white guy in the heats of the 60m at the US Championships.
    His name is Blake Smith. He ran 6.62, which is a very good time and a PB. He missed the finals by 0.01.
    He ran for SE Missouri State and had a PB of 10.25 along with a 10.11 (2.6w) in 2015. He was also a LJer.
    Obviously he is continuing his sprinting career despite having graduated 2 years ago.
    I hope he does well in the 100m this season. It's good to have another white American sprinter to root for.
    Not sure what John Teeters is up to this year.
     
  20. RCSMAN

    RCSMAN Mentor

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2012
    Messages:
    824
    youth french championship
    60M : silver medal in 6.93 with very bad start
    200M : gold medal but he was disqualified after the race
     
  21. greyghost

    greyghost Guru

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2008
    Messages:
    387
    Yep ..some serious young talent in Europe at the moment ......reckon kris hari would have made euro 60 finals had he not pulled up injured and ran 6.5s .....respect to Jan Volko of Slovakia ....and kilty just a class apart ......de escofet is indeed a real talent both he and hari are still 19 ..!!!( sorry escofet 20 ) .......tortu is A guy to watch out for over 100 this year....note........note hari still 19 has made big improvements over 60 m ....I reckon over next 2 yrs this lad will made a break through .....for me hari is the most talented ....a future 100 m elite ....note also 1 particular young german sprinter also 19 whose name escapes me at present ...max ? ( Maximilian ) ......
     
  22. greyghost

    greyghost Guru

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2008
    Messages:
    387
    Note great to see Blake smith competeing ......if he could get some sponsorship this guy is 10.1 material
     
  23. white lightning

    white lightning Hall of Famer Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2004
    Messages:
    10,796
  24. jacknyc

    jacknyc Master

    Joined:
    May 14, 2006
    Messages:
    2,535
    So we have Tortu, Volko, De Escofet, and Hari. All 19 or 20 yrs old.
    All talented, we'll have to see how they all develop.
    I'll go with Tortu and Volko as the 2 that go the fastest.
     
  25. jacknyc

    jacknyc Master

    Joined:
    May 14, 2006
    Messages:
    2,535

Share This Page