Italian Federation of Athletics

June 11, 2021

Today a mass in Grosseto before the Tricolori J / P to commemorate the athlete of the Fiamme Gialle. The European champion from Birmingham in 2007 died in an accident in 2011. A monument commemorates him in Castelporziano

Ten years have passed since Cosimo’s premature death Caliandro, late blue middle-distance runner, European indoor champion of the 3000 meters in Birmingham 2007. A pain that Italian athletics never forget and to which the Lazio movement also joins. It was June 10, 2011 when Caliandro was the victim of a accident on a motorcycle in his Francavilla Fontana (Brindisi), a few meters from the house.

Today, Friday 11 June, on the occasion of the Italian Junior Championships and promises of Grossetoshortly before the start of the competitions, a mass will be celebrated in his memory, in the sports complex that saw him as protagonist on 22 July twenty years ago, when he won gold in the 1500s at the junior Europeans. The ceremony organized by the Fiamme Gialle will be officiated by the bishop of Grosseto, Monsignor Rodolfo Cetoloni, at 2 pm at the Bruno Zauli school field, adjacent to the Zecchini stadium.

“A fantastic athlete and a wonderful boy. He was just 29 years old, so many races still to win and two children to grow up ”, the memory of Flames Yellow, his sports group that has never forgotten him, like all Italian athletics. “On the athletics field a Castelporziano, seat of the Sports Center of the Guardia di Finanza, at the foot of the flagpole, there is a small monument that remembers him, whose installation was attended by his wife Graziella and their two children, Damiano and Cristian. That was a touching moment for all of us. ‘Mimmo’ has rightfully entered the centennial history of the Yellow Flames of athletics ”.

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THE NOTE OF YELLOW FLAMES

It is 10 years since the untimely death of Cosimo Caliandro, a fantastic athlete and a wonderful boy. Cosimo was the victim of a motorcycle accident, another of his many passions, on 10 June 2011. He was just 29 years old, so many races still to win and two children to grow up. The Yellow Flames have not forgotten this. On the athletics field in Castelporziano, home to the Sports Center of the Guardia di Finanza, at the foot of the flagpole, there is a small monument that remembers him, whose installation was attended by his wife Graziella and their two children, Damiano and Cristian. That was a touching moment for all of us.

On the occasion of the Italian Junior Championships and athletics promises, just before the start of the competitions, a mass in suffrage will be celebrated on that very young field that saw him as a very young protagonist on July 22, 20 years ago. That day Cosimo, at the end of a beautiful race, which ended with his breathtaking final sprint, won gold in the 1500 at the European Junior Championships. One of the many successes that have marked the career of “Mimmo”, an athlete who has entered by right, for his results, in the centenary history of the Yellow Flames of athletics.

The mass will be celebrated by HE Rodolfo Cetoloni, Bishop of Grosseto, today Friday 11 June at 2 pm on the sports field of the Tuscan city. All those who wish to participate and remember Cosimo will naturally be welcome.

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