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THE AZZURRI HOPING TO VOLLEY THEIR WAY TO A FIRST EVER GOLD

Italy have a strong Olympic tradition, competing at every games bar St. Louis in 1904. They have kicked off Rio 2016 in typically strong fashion with multiple gold’s in the shooting, but here are three medal chances they can look forward to in the sports with balls!

 

1) Men’s Water Polo

Turkey's Ali Can Yilmaz, center, tries to block a shot from Italy's Pietro Figlioli, left, during their eighth final round match at the men’s European Waterpolo Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Turkey’s Ali Can Yilmaz, center, tries to block a shot from Italy’s Pietro Figlioli, left, during their eighth final round match at the men’s European Waterpolo Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

The Italian men’s water polo team have started the Rio Olympics like a house on fire. They have won their three opening group matches, with triumphs over France, Spain and Montenegro. They will be looking to go one better than the London Games where they lost the gold medal match against Croatia and had to settle for the silver medal. They have a very strong history in the sport and have claimed goal on three previous occasions, the latest being at Barcelona in 1992. Eight of the squad play for the dominant Pro Recco domestic side, including star player Matteo Aicardi.

 

2) Men’s Volley

Italy's Osmany Juantorena celebrates during a men's preliminary volleyball match against Mexico at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Italy’s Osmany Juantorena celebrates during a men’s preliminary volleyball match against Mexico at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Italy absolutely dominated the men’s volleyball right throughout the 90’s and early 2000’s. They claimed an almighty eight World Leagues, four World Championships in a row and six European Championships. Despite this dominance they have never claimed the Olympic gold medal, they have twice had to settle for silver and in London last time it was a bronze. Although the current crop may not be ranked the best side in the world anymore they are still a force to be reckoned with, and have proven this by opening up with two group wins in Rio. 

 

3) Women’s Water Polo

Simona Abbate of Italy, left, and Alexandra Asimaki of Greece, right, vie for the ball during the women's final at the European Championships Waterpolo at Pieter van den Hoogenband swim stadium in Eindhoven, south central Netherlands, Saturday Jan. 28, 2012. Italy won with a 13-10 score. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Simona Abbate of Italy, left, and Alexandra Asimaki of Greece, right, vie for the ball during the women’s final at the European Championships Waterpolo at Pieter van den Hoogenband swim stadium in Eindhoven, south central Netherlands, Saturday Jan. 28, 2012. Italy won with a 13-10 score. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Italy have a proud reputation as one of the finest water polo nations in the world, both men and women. The women’s side won the the gold medal the first ever time it was added to the Olympic roster in 2004 in Athens. They come into these games in Rio in good form after bronze medal finishes in both the recent European and World Championships, and will be confident of bringing home yet another medal this time. Their star pair Roberta Bianconi and Giulia Enrica Emmolo both ply their trade at the Greek powerhouses Olympiakos, and if they perform it could be another golden moment for the Italian women.

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