XXXI Gran Premio Cantones De La Coruna 2017



My report is taken from that of Emeterio Valiente (ee https://www.iaaf.org/news/report/martin-de-sena-win-la-coruna-race-walk).

Men 20km Race Walk
Reigning European U-23 silver medallist Álvaro Martín took an emphatic win at the XXXI Gran Premio Cantones de La Coruña 2017, the Spanish leg of this year’s IAAF Race Walking Challenge. Racing in ideal conditions, Martin became the first Spanish victor since 2007 and proved his victory at the national championships over world champion Miguel Ángel López was no fluke.

From the start Martín dictated a sub-4:00/km rhythm which only the Japanese tandem of Daisuke Matsunaga and Eiki Takahashi could manage to sustain while López travelled six seconds in arrears. That trio went through the halfway point in 39:46 with a sixsecond advantage over the surprising Tunisian Hassanine Sbai, himself five seconds clear of Sweden’s Perseus Karlström with López in sixth another two seconds adrift.

To the delight of the knowledgeable crowd assembled, Martín made a decisive move some 46 minutes into the race when a 3:54 split allowed him to build a sizeable gap on the Japanese pair who walked 10 seconds behind the local hero by the 14th kilometre, with Karlström being a threatening fourth and López already out of the podium picture.
Boosted by local supporters throughout Martín extended his lead in the closing stages while first Karlström and then Sbai overtook the fading pair of Matsunaga and Takahashi. Having secured the most remarkable victory of his career, Martín slowed down over the final hundred metres to send greetings to the fans. Despite that, the 2013 European Junior 10,000m bronze medallist managed the

Junior 10,000m bronze medallist managed the second sub-1:20 performance of his career, only bettered by the 1:19:36 time he set last year in Rome. Karlström was second with a 1:20:20 season’s best while Sbai got his fastest time for six years to finish 16 seconds outside his 1:20:19 PB set back in 2011. The Japanese duo had to settle for completing the top-five while López faltered over the second half to cross the finish line in 1:22:04 for 13th.

“I had a thorn on my side because I didn’t perform well at the European Cup in Podebrady (he finished 31st) some three weeks ago so today’s performance is an enormous confidence booster for the rest of the season,” said Martín, who will turn 24 on 18 June. “I hope to be part of the Spanish team for London which will be announced next Tuesday. Once there, I don’t rule out anything as I think the medals are wide open on this occasion: the Chinese have not performed fast yet, Germany’s Christopher Linke will be dangerous, Miguel Ángel López will fight to retain his title. I look forward to competing there among the world’s finest walkers.”

Martín, who is coached by José Antonio Quintana at the High Performance Centre in Madrid, confirmed that he “slowed down in the final stages because I wanted to thank the support from the crowd. I didn’t mind the time; athletics is about places above all, not about times.”
1. Alvaro MARTIN ESP 94 1:19:57
2. Perseus KARLSTRÖM SWE 90 1:20:20
3. Hassanine SBAI TUN 84 1:20:35
4. Daisuke MATSUNAGA JPN 95 1:20:44
5. Eiki TAKAHASHI JPN 92 1:20:45
6. Caio Oliveira DE SENA BONFIM BRA 91 1:21:04
7. Andres CHOCHO ECU 83 1:21:16
8. Kai KOBAYASHI JPN 93 1:21:17
9. Brian Daniel PINTADO ECU 95 1:21:39
10. Damian BLOCKI POL 89 1:21:52
11. Wei YU CHN 87 1:21:52
12. José Luis DOCTOR MEX 96 1:21:55
13. Miguel Angel LOPEZ ESP 88 1:22:04
14. Aurelien QUINION FRA 93 1:22:29
15. Massimo STANO ITA 92 1:22:30
16. Jose Maria RAYMUNDO COX GUA 93 1:22:42
17. Armando MERINO PEREZ MEX 89 1:22:45
18. Noel CHAMA MEX 97 1:23:47
19. Moacir ZIMMERMANN BRA 83 1:23:57
20. Lebogang SHANGE RSA 90 1:24:29
21. Francisco ARCILLA ESP 84 1:24:31
22. Luis CORCHETE ESP 84 1:24:48
23. Brandon SEGURA MEX 96 1:25:29
24. Håvard HAUKENES NOR 90 1:25:30
25. Hayato KATSUKI JPN 90 1:25:37
26. Alexander HURTADO ECU 1:25:58
27. Jose Israel MELENDEZ PUR 95 1:26:34
28. José Ignacio DÍAZ ESP 79 1:26:41
29. Diego GARCIA ESP 96 1:26:41
30. Miguel CARVALHO POR 94 1:26:44
31. Miguel RODRIGUES POR 96 1:26:49
32. Marc TUR ESP 94 1:26:50
33. Ivan LOPEZ ESP 97 1:27:01
34. Dominic KING GBR 83 1:27:20
35. Rui COELHO POR 94 1:27:48
36. Vito MINEI ITA 94 1:28:01
37. Guy THOMAS GBR 97 1:28:38
38. Hugo ANDRIEU FRA 92 1:29:06
39. Daniel KING GBR 83 1:29:10
40. Amaro TEXEIRA POR 89 1:29:43
41. Daniel CHAMOSA ESP 97 1:31:16
42. Javier MENA ECU 98 1:31:34
43. Vitaliy TEREKHIN KAZ 96 1:34:23
44. Come MARTIN FRA 95 1:37:00
45. Marc GUERRERO ESP 95 1:37:28
46. David DURAND-PICHARD FRA 72 1:46:02
47. Emílio NOVAS ESP 98 1:53:22
48. Oscar Joel VILLAVICENCIO ECU 93 DQ
Richard VARGAS VEN 94 DQ
Jan RAMIREZ PUR 94 DQ
Toshikazu YAMANISHI JPN 96 DNF
Takumi SAITO JPN 93 DNF
Rui WANG CHN 96 DNF
Juan Rubén PINERA ESP 75 DNF
Pablo RODRIGUEZ MARTIN ESP 86 DNF
Dorian ADAM FRA 97 DNF
Marcos CINTRON ESP 96 DNF
Joao MARTINS POR 95 DNF
Roberto VIEIRO ESP 00 DNF
Luis Alberto AMEZCUA ESP 92 DNF
Luke ADAMS AUS 76 DNF
Kevin CERRO ESP 98 DNF
Eloy HORNERO GALLENT ESP 00 DNF
Luis ESPADA PUR DNF
Rafael SANCHEZ ESP 88 DNF
Mario SILLERO ESP 90 DNF
Mario VIÑAS ESP 96 DNF
William Israel AYMAR CELI ECU 95 DNF
Francisco Jose DURAN ESP 93 DNF
Jose Leonidas ROMERO IRIAS HON 83 DNF

Women 20km Race Walk
The women’s win went to Brazil’s Erica Rocha de Sena, who stamped her authority from midway. The race opened at a steady 4:30/km pace and no fewer than seven athletes went through the 5km point in 22:36: Chinese pre-race favourite Wang Yingliu, Brazil’s Erica Rocha de Sena, Portugal’s Ines Henriques, Guatemala’s Mirna Ortiz and the Spanish trio of Ainhoa Pinedo, Lidia Sánchez-Puebla and Julia Takacs, Just before midway, Da Silva and Yingliu broke away from the rest of the pack and led by seven seconds clocking 44:54. The Brazilian began to step up the pace in the 13th kilometre and became the lone leader with the clock reading 58 minutes. By the 15km checkpoint De Sena was a comfortable leader after building an 18-second gap on the Chinese, herself 11 seconds clear of a triumvirate compounded by Henriques, Sánchez-Puebla and Pinedo.
The closing section witnessed how De Sena gradually strengthened her leadership while the relatively unheralded Pinedo (PB of 1:31:58) lowered bit by bit her disadvantage with Yingliu to finally catch and overtake her with some 1500 metres remaining.

At the tape, the Brazilian – a creditable seventh at the Rio Olympics last year – managed a season’s best of 1:29:16 while Pinedo set a massive career best by over two minutes in 1:29:50, six seconds faster than Yingliu. Henriques was a distant fourth 1:28 behind the victor but still seven seconds ahead of Sánchez-Puebla, who completed the top-five.
Runner-up Pinedo spent two months in Canberra early this year in her build-up for this season and that experience paid off today with her best ever performance by far. Pinedo clocked well under the qualifying standard to compete at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 in August where she will contest her first major championships at the age of 34.

The women’s event saw New Zealander Alana Barber come 15th with 1:35:37. She will now have to wait on the NZ selectors to see if her season best of 1:32:23, done in Adelaide in February, is good enough. They had told her that they required a time under 1:32:00. Talk about making it tough. Most countries, Australia included, have gone with the IAAF standard of 1:32:00. Australia’s Rachel Tallent was also in action, having her first 20km hitout since the Rio Olympics. And it looks like her injuries have now cleared up, given her time of 1:36:26.
1. Erica ROCHA DE SENA BRA 85 1:29:16
2. Ainhoa PINEDO ESP 83 1:29:50
3. Yingliu WANG CHN 92 1:29:56
4. Ines HENRIQUES POR 80 1:30:44
5. Lidia SANCHEZ-PUEBLA ESP 96 1:30:51
6. Júlia TAKÁCS ESP 89 1:31:06
7. Mirna Sucely ORTIZ FLORES GUA 87 1:32:24
8. Maria LARIOS LOPEZ ESP 92 1:32:31
9. Zhenxia MA CHN 98 1:33:16
10. Maritza GUAMÁN ECU 88 1:33:36
11. Maritza Rafaela PONCIO GUA 94 1:33:51
12. Amanda CANO ESP 94 1:34:53
13. Diana CACCIOTTI ITA 95 1:34:59
14. Rena GOTO JPN 95 1:35:09
15. Alana BARBER NZL 87 1:35:37
16. Eleonora DOMINICI ITA 96 1:35:41
17. Lizbeth SILVA MEX 89 1:35:59
18. Rachel TALLENT AUS 93 1:36:26
19. Maria JUAREZ GALLARDO ESP 93 1:36:28
20. Sae MATSUMOTO JPN 93 1:36:51
21. Edna BARROS POR 96 1:37:23
22. Mayra PÉREZ GUA 88 1:37:52
23. Dana AYDOSSOVA KAZ 95 1:37:54
24. Magaly BONILLA ECU 92 1:38:14
25. Yanelli CABALLERO MEX 93 1:39:13
26. Maria Dolores MARCOS VALERO ESP 79 1:39:47
27. Chiaki ASADA JPN 91 1:41:50
28. Amandine MARCOU FRA 92 1:42:26
29. Mariana MOTA POR 95 1:42:35
30. Laura LEAL POR 96 1:44:03
31. Karla JARAMILLO ECU 97 1:45:53
32. Vera PORTELA POR 95 1:50:09
33. Carolina FONTOURA BRA 96 1:51:57
34. Macarena RUIZ CANETE ESP 92 1:54:31
Maria FERNANDEZ RATERO ESP 96 DNF
Irene MONTEJO ESP 98 DNF
Emilie MENUET FRA 91 DNF
Lluna CAPDEVILA ESP 98 DNF
Diana AYDOSSOVA KAZ 95 DNF

1km, 2km, 3km and 5km walks were also held as part of the VI Memorial Josefina Romero de Marcha Atletica. Large fields and some good times by the young walkers. See http://www.atletismogalego.com/rjr030617.pdf

Report Ecerpt from Heel and Toe

Photo Credit: www.aheartynomad.com/2017/06/06/gp-cantones-la-coruna/

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