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Poggiali receives yet another accolade and also gets his own commemorative stamps

Poggiali receives yet another accolade and also gets his own commemorative stamps

Manuel Poggiali has without a doubt been the man of the year in San Marino, and in the tiny republic, the recognition of this is never-ending. On Thursday night, the 125cc World Champion was the winner of one of the prizes handed out by the San Marino Olympic Committee to the most successful sportspeople of the year. The ceremony, which took place at the Titanio Theatre in San Marino, brought together the republic´s sporting heroes who won various medals at the Small States Olympics Games and who along with Poggiali received official recognition for their achievements from the San Marino committee.

However, the star of the night was undoubtedly 18 year-old Poggiali, who won the 125cc World Title in 2001 on board a Gilera. The local Olympic Committee distinguished him with the prize for the Best Sportsperson of the year and have published a book dedicated to the young racer, a sporting biography which he then had presented to him. The accolades didn´t stop there however, as he was also rewarded with a set of two commemorative stamps by which the oldest Republic in the world wanted to remember the youthful sporting hero´s historic achievements.

Last month Poggiali had already received the Gold Medal for First Class Merit, one of the highest decorations that the San Marino government can adorn an individual with. He was clearly very happy with these honours, and remarked that he was relaxed and keen to begin the 2002 pre-season tests. He has begun regular gym sessions and should return to action in IRTA tests beginning in February.

125cc, 2001

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