In Tokyo, three Italian women captured the attention of the world in the 100 meter sprint: all three ran with a prosthetic leg and set a record. On the same track a month earlier, another Italian, Marcell Jacobs, had surprisingly won Olympic gold, breaking the 10-second barrier in the 100 meters in 9.80s, the fastest Italian after the legendary Jamaican Usain Bolt set his record of 9.58s.
The first of the three Italian women, Ambra Sabatini, aged 19, was a revelation at the Tokyo Paralympic Games. She crossed the finish line of the 100 meters in 14.11s, winning gold with a world record in her category, despite the rain. She was closely followed by Martina Caironi (14.46s) and Monica Contrafatto (14.73s): the three Italian women, waving the Italian flag, mounted the Olympic podium together. It was an historic moment. Several newspapers published a full-page photo, featuring the athletes with their smiles of joy at this truly memorable achievement.
The real victory, however, was something else: it was the resounding defeat of prejudice. The Games demonstrated once again – if there was any need – that it is possible to run without a leg, swim without arms, pedal without legs, jump without limbs, play table tennis without hands, fence without hands and feet…