After visiting Oceania and North America, the IAAF Race Walking Challenge moves to Europe for the third meeting in this year’s series. A record number of 259 race walkers from 40 countries are expected for the jubilee 35th edition of the Dudinska 50 in Slovakia on Saturday (19).
It is expected that every one of the 15,000 seats in Ostrava’s newly revamped Mestsky Stadium will be filled on Tuesday (26), largely due to the presence of one man: Usain Bolt.
Athletics fans and residents of the small spa city of Dudince in the south of Slovakia will have the chance to watch top race walkers from 25 countries compete at the IAAF Race Walking Challenge meeting on Saturday (21).
Just a few hours after losing his 20km race walk world record he set just a week ago, although both marks are subject to ratification, Yohann Diniz attempted to claim it back at the famous Lugano race walking meeting – the 13th Memorial Morio Albisetti – but came up just short when clocking 1:17:24 on Sunday (15).
On the second day of the IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014, when eight gold medals were decided, there was plenty to excite the enthusiastic crowd in Hayward Field and plenty of debate about who should take pride of place.
Anezka Drahotova couldn’t hide her joy following her world junior record* in the 10,000m race walk, the first of the IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014, but is already setting bigger goals at the senior level.
Czech Republic’s Anezka Drahotova produced the first world junior record* of the IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014, by taking the 10,000m race walk with a time of 42:47.25 to smash the former mark of 42:59.48, set by Russia’s Yelena Lashmanova in 2011.
Duan Dandan and Yang Jiayu started the day off in magnificent fashion for the host of the 2014 IAAF World Race Walking Cup as the Chinese pair took gold and silver in the junior women’s 10km on Sunday (4).
Both the individual and team gold medals in the first three junior women’s 10km races at the IAAF World Race Walking Cup went to Russia, but results in the last two editions suggest the teenage red army is not the force it was.
Czech Republic’s rising home star Anezka Drahotova, who is still a junior, and Slovakia’s experienced Matej Toth took the honours at the Podebrady 2014 meeting on Saturday (12), the eighth of this year’s 12 events which count towards the 2014 IAAF Race Walking Challenge.