The 50 kilometer race walk is the longest endurance event on the World
Championship, Olympic and European stages. Walking at under seven
minutes per mile for three and a half hours requires a huge amount of
stamina and keeping form requires the focus of our technical events.
In any event, defending the championship won four years before is quite
difficult. So, when Monsieur Diniz not only defended, but cranked out one of
the fastest times in the world, a tip of the hat goes to the French race walker!
refocus on myself. It was she who told me that Barcelona would look in
2010 like it was in Gothenburg 2006. There, I won when my first child,
Anthony, was four months. Here is Louise who is four months old,” Yohan
Diniz for French media.
leading 3:40:37 by Yohan Diniz in the 50 km walk, in tough competition
which was ended by only 15 competitors out of 27.
jump women saw Italian Antonietta Di Martino, Russian Irina Gordeyeva
and Bulgarian 2006 medalist Venelina Veneva not qualifying. European
indoor champion 2009 Eline Berings did not qualify in the 100 m hurdles
heats. 100 m european leader Yelena Nevmerzhitskaya did not qualify
also in the 200 m heats after the 100 m. A solid group of high quality
walkers did not end the 50 km, among them Olympic winner 2008 Alex
Schwazer and World champ 2009 Sergey Kirdyapkin.
Ariane Friedrich opened her WHJ qualifying round with 190. This is the
highest ever opening height (including final) at WHJ in the European
Championships. 190 clearance by Gordeyeva, Di Martino, Ryan, Kufaas,
Jungmark and Palsyte did not qualify them to the final of WHJ. The
height tied the highest non-qualifying (to the final) mark in the
European championships with Berqvist (1998), Myhalchenko (1998),
Majchrzak (1994) and Cadusch (1994)
Diniz is the fastest 50Km Walk time in Barcelona, It is also the third
fastest time in Euro Champ. By defending his title from Goteborg, Diniz
became two-time gold medalist in 50KmW at Euro Champ. Previsously
Korzeniowski (1998, 2002), Soldatenko (1971, 1978), Hohne (1969, 1974)
and Pamich (1962, 1966) have won two gold in 50KmW at Euro Champ.
president Robert Emmiyan looks forward that his championships record
will go in Barcelona. He jumped 841 in Stuttgart 1986. “I was hoping
that it will last for some five years and now it is 24. It is time to
break it,” said Emmiyan.
Voronkov 2, Rene Auguin 2, Daniel Wessfeldt, Munir Yaras, Mikhail
Gusev, Kerstin Pohlers, Verra Michallek, Alfons Juck 1 gold medal.
Decathlon winner Barras is not having an agent.