The good news is that our world wide campaign to keep the 50km racewalk on the international calendar and the 2020 Olympics has been successful. The online petition (https://www.change.org/p/ioc-iaaf-keep-the-50km-race-walk-in-the-olympics) was an amazing effort, given the one week timeframe. It ensured the issue got huge amounts of sympathetic traction in the world media and, as a …

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Saturday saw the latest European Athletics racewalk permit meet (and Czech championships) in the Czech city of Podebrady (see http://www.podebrady-walking.cz/en/). As usual, Emmanuel Tardi was there and reported on what was a wonderful walking carnival, from both depth and quality perspectives. The course was a fast one, with a 1km rectangular loop in the city …

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Over the last few years, we have seen attempts being made to “improve” the stature of race walking by the IAAF and other governing bodies with new rules being enforced like the “Pit Lane” rule for junior & youth walkers along with the soon to be introduced “Shoe Monitoring Software(Still to be cofirmed)“. Both these rules, …

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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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