Race walking 50 kilometres on your own may not be every person’s idea of a good time, but Claire Tallent and Caio Bonfim were happy to embrace the concept at the Australian 50km race walking championships.
World silver medallist Lu Xiuzhi lived up to expectations as she led a Chinese podium sweep in the women’s 20km race at the 2017 IAAF Race Walking Challenge meeting in Taicang on Saturday (15).
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).
The Rio Maior International Race Walking Grand Prix returns to the Portuguese municipality on Saturday (18) with a host of world and Olympic medallists set to compete at the IAAF Race Walking Challenge meeting.
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).
Both podiums comprised Portuguese-speaking athletes at the International Race Walking Grand Prix in Rio Maior on Saturday (5) as Brazil’s Caio Bonfim won the men’s race and Portugal’s Vera Santos took the women’s title for a second time, four years after her first triumph.