There were distance finals, sprint finals, throws finals, and even a race walk, but Tuesday was the day Yelena Isinbayeva wrote, stage managed, and played the starring role at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow.
Apart from a somewhat minor hiccup involving a misjudged finish, everything went completely according to plan for Russia’s Elena Lashmanova as she added the IAAF World Championship 20km Race Walk title to the Olympic gold she won almost exactly year ago to the day in London.
Six of Russia’s nine reigning World champions will defend their titles in front of a home crowd at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow from 10-18 August.
There is little more than six weeks to go before the start of the IAAF World Championships, Moscow, Russia, which take place from Saturday 10 to Sunday 18 August, and the current generation of Russian athletics heroes is sure to enthral the crowds in the Luzhniki stadium.
Olympic 20km race walk champion Yelena Lashmanova won unopposed at the Coppa Città di Sesto San Giovanni, the Italian leg of the IAAF Race Walking Challenge., while Matej Toth of the Slovak Republic triumphed in the men’s race.
Reigning Olympic champion Yelena Lashmanova from Russia will highlight the Coppa Citta di Sesto San Giovanni, the popular IAAF Race Walking Challenge event traditionally held on 1 May.
Russia’s London 2012 Olympic Games women’s 20km Race Walk champion Yelena Lashmanova and Guatemala’s Olympic men’s 20km silver medalist Erick Barrondo are the top names on the start list of the 22nd Grande Prémio Internacional de Rio Maior em Marcha Atlética, an IAAF Race Walking Challenge meeting, in Portugal on Sunday.
The 11th edition of the annual IAAF Race Walking Challenge takes centre stage again after an exciting 2012 with the north Mexican city of Chihuahua and Hobart, Australia hosting the first two of the 14-leg series this weekend.