The 2017 IAAF Race Walking Challenge continued last Sunday with the first of two Mexican stages, that of Ciudad Juarez. The meet featured elite 20km walks for men and women and the races had both a strong Mexican and international mixture. Good race report and photos at http://www.marciadalmondo.com/eng/dettagli_news.aspx?id=2741. IAAF correspondent Javier Clavelo Robinson has also …

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The huge annual Chinese National Race Walking Grand Prix was held last weekend in Huangshan. The meet included their National 50km championships (men and women) which were also their official World Championships trials. My comments are taken from Vincent Wu’s IAAF report: https://www.iaaf.org/news/report/niu-clocks-50km-world-lead-huangshang. Despite the absence of Olympic medalists Wang Zhen, Chen Ding and Cai …

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Is South Africa set to step down from hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games? From early reports, it seems like this will be the case. My Personal View: Personally, I feel that hosting a championship of this level would be to the detriment of our country. Yes, the games would create jobs, temporary jobs but jobs. …

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3000m walks were contested in the Italian Masters Indoors T&F Championships last weekend in Ancona. Rather than split into age groups, it is easier to simply present the performances in order of time. See http://www.fidal.it/risultati/2017/COD6031/Index.htm for the full results. Some impressive results in there! Masters Men 3000m Walk Indoor 1. MAGLIULO Vincenzo 1976 SM40 CE033 …

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I’ll start off the overseas reporting with what is no doubt the biggest walking carnival of the month. I never cease to be amazed at the quality and depth in Japanese racewalking championships and last Sunday’s 20km roadwalk championships meet in Kobe was no exception. Just check out the results at http://www.marciadalmondo.com/admin/pdf/risultati/19022017766Kobe_2017.pdf . The Open …

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WALKER OF THE WEEK My Walker of the Week is pretty straight forward this week – it is of course 24 year old Dane Bird-Smith who took the bronze medal in the Olympic 20km walk in Rio last Friday afternoon. His time of 1:19:37 saw him only 23 seconds behind Chinese gold medallist Wang Zhen …

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