The Australian Open and Junior T&F Championshiops have now completed. The standard seemed very high to me and the walks were no exception. I reported in last week’s newsletter on the U17-U20 walks. This time around I can report on the remaining age groups. The walks action got underway again on Friday with the U15-U16 …

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I reproduce António Manuel Fernandes’ IAAF report (see https://www.iaaf.org/news/report/rio-maior-race-walk-2017-arevalo-garcia) Colombia’s Eider Arevalo regained his title at the Race Walking Grand Prix in Rio Maior, while Peru’s Kimberly Garcia dashed hopes of a Portuguese win in the women’s race at the IAAF Race Walking Challenge meeting on Saturday. 20km Men Led by British record-holder Tom Bosworth, …

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ITALIAN ROADWALK CHAMPIONSHIPS, CASSINO, ITALY, SUNDAY 26 MARCH Excellently reported by marciadalmondo (see http://www.fidal.it/risultati/2017/COD6040/Index.htm). More than 450 walkers gathered in Cassino for the Italian Roadwalk Championships on Sunday. The men’s 20km was a tightly fought affair, given the number of good 20km walkers in the field. Federico Tontodonati, Marco de Luca and Francesco Fortunato led …

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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 Queen’s message is being placed in the Queens baton for the Commonwealth Games today and it will be carried inside the Baton over 388 days before being read out at the Opening Ceremony, on the Gold Coast, Australia. The message is read aloud by The Queen or a representative of the Queen. Passport? Check! …

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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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