Francesco Panetta: “Running is a state of mind
On Monday, Feb 12th, former 3000 meters steeplechase world champion Francesco Panetta kept the audience mesmerised as he told about his sports and life experiences, as written in his book “Io corro da solo” (“I run alone”) during an event organised by Ready to Run. Lots of anecdotes, memories, images of the track and field world of yesteryear, with its stories of hunger and redemption.
“The first thing you learn when you become a pro athlete is to train in the best possible way, which means loading when it’s needed, but also having the courage to stop to recover. Training helps you to learn to do what you can’t do”, Panetta said. Also: “After a good race performance, my coach Giorgio Rondelli always made me run with lower-tier athletes. He told me that, to run against the best, I had to learn how to keep slower athletes at bay. All these experiences make you wiser. A good coach helps you just with that.”
Ever since his first sports shoes, given to him by his dad, a pair of Adidas sl76, to the world championships 3000m steeplechase podium and the 1990 European title in the same race, Francesco’s sports career has given Italy many successes. “The top of the mountain can be reached alone, by climbing where others don’t dare, meter after meter, until the end,” he wrote in his book.