IMG 0028 LargeEliška Martínková won the start-finish in a new personal record of 45:44 ten-kilometer junior track!. She is the first Czech to ever win gold in the European Team Championship (formerly the European Cup)! Congratulations!

The organizing country won the primacy in the junior race for 10 kilometers. She became his fearless ruler Eliška Martínkováwho won with a start-finish style. Already in the middle of the track, she had a leading position of more than one minute over the nearest pursuer, who was Lisaveta Hryškevičová of Belarus. In the end, she finished sixth, at the finish Martínková gave the Portuguese Adriana Viveiros a minute and 15 seconds, when she improved her personal record by six seconds to 45:46 and can look forward to her starts at the World and European Junior Championships. Silver Viveiros went 47:01. Bronze Frenchwoman Maële Biré-Heslouis was back by four seconds (NR 47:05). Klára Hlaváčová finished fourteenth in 51:35 and Jana Zikmundová finished the race in seventeenth position in 53:13. The Czech juniors could rejoice in the team bronze when they found the winners only in the walkers from Portugal and France. 

To the junior race for 10 kilometers 19 fighters started. He was the only Czech representative Jaromír Morávekwho went into this race with a clear goal, and that was to meet the start limit at the World Junior Championships in Nairobi, Kenya. To do this, however, he needed to significantly improve his personal maximum. Our representative held on to the leader of the group almost halfway through, in which the Spaniards dictated the pace, and his split time at 21 p.m. Two kilometers before the finish, Morávek was in sixth place with a forty-five second loss to the lead, but in the last lap he still fought and got ahead of the Italian Gamba. He finished in fifth place in 42:27, which meant for him not only an improvement in his personal record of one minute and 28 seconds, but also a comfortable overcoming limit in Nairobi. The race was dominated by the Spaniards. Jose Luis Hidalgo won his career maximum 41:35 ahead of his compatriot Paul McGrath (41:51). It happened after the Frenchman Dimitri Durand was penalized one minute from the first place for breaking the rules in the last round (final time 42:26). The Spaniard Serhat Güngör accompanied the Spaniards to the podium (42:20). In the end, Morávek only needed seven seconds to place on the podium, only one second on the fourth Durand. The Spaniards clearly dominated the team competition ahead of France and Turkey.

IMG 0017 LargeWomen's 35km race was long directed by the experienced Italian Eleonora Giorgio. She took the lead right after the start and very soon built up a significant lead. He had been at the tenth kilometer for almost a minute. Tereza Ďurdiaková at that moment she was in fifth place and in the meantime 49:29 she had a twenty-second lead over the plan, which was to meet the A-limit for starting at the World Cup, which will be hosted next year by the American Eugene. In the next ten kilometers, however, the leading competitor and our national team began to run out of strength. Giorgio lost the lead shortly before the twentieth-kilometer goal when Greek Antigoni Drisbioti came in front of her. Ďurdiaková also slowed down significantly and dropped to tenth place. At that moment, she already missed the limit for the World Cup. Drisbioti decided on her triumph between the 20th and 30th kilometers, when she gradually increased her lead in the lead. Nevertheless, she managed to catch her second breath and returned the attack to her rivals in the final five kilometers. Meanwhile, Greek Antigoni Drisbioti calmly finished for her first big victory in 2:49:55. Eleonora Giorgio won silver for 2:51:05.

Her compatriot Lidia Barcellaová (2:51:50) (pictured), coach Renato Cortinovis, won the bronze with a great finish! Lidia has participated in the Prague Walking Watch several times and its coach Renato Cortinovis is a former rival and now a great friend of Josef Smola, especially from the 100km Riverra-Mezzovico race in 1990 ....... 

Tereza Ďurdiaková finished ninth with a time of 2:57:08. The best Italians in the team race were ahead of the Greeks and Belarusians.

IMG 0045 LargeThe course of the female twenties he had essentially the same scenario until his middle, when the leading group numbered ten competitors and it did not miss any of the favorites. The national teams of Spain and Ukraine had a strong representation, which at that moment had three pedestrians in the game for the highest places. Antonella Palmisanová, the defender of the victory from the Poděbrady European Cup from 13, took care of the first important start at the 2017th kilometer. This resulted in a significant reduction in the number of female leaders. Only a trio of Spanish rivals could accept its pace. Raquel Gonzales dropped out first. Maria Pérez and Laura Garcia-Caro kept pace with the Italian. However, she started her rivals for the second time during the 18th kilometer and the Spaniards could no longer respond to this attack. In the last two circuits, Palmisan accelerated her pace and her reward was not only defending a four-year-old triumph, but also a new track record of 1:27:42. She was four seconds faster than Eleonora Giorgio two years ago at the Podebrady Walking meeting. The silver is for the performance 1:28:03 by Maria Pérezová and the third precious metal in the continental pedestrian team competition in a row was won by the bronze Laura Garcia-Carová in 1:28:07. The team competitions clearly dominated the Spaniards over the Ukrainians and Italians. 

At the same distance men rothe race went bravely by the Turkish record holder Salih Korkmaz. Very soon, he developed an approximately twenty-second lead over a group of ten-member pursuers, who held it halfway down the track. However, the defender of the title from two years ago, Perseus Karlström, did not like this very much, who, together with the Spanish pair Alvar Martin and Diego Garcia, set out on a successful chase. At the thirteenth kilometer, Korkmaz was overtaken and continued to fall. Two kilometers before the finish, only Karlström and Martin were in the battle for victory. However, this condition lasted only a few hundred meters. Then the Swede engaged another gear and headed for the triumph, which adorned with a quality time of 1:18:54. He dominated this competition for the second time in a row and after a few months he could enjoy another primacy in Poděbrady. In the autumn, Walking was the fastest in the Poděbrady meeting here. Alvaro Martin walked for the silver in 1:19:14. Bronze compatriot Diego Garcia (1:19:19) lost five seconds to him and repeated the bronze from Alytus. Of the pair of Czech national teams, Vít Hlaváč did better, finishing 39th in 1:27:42. Lukáš Gdula finished as forty-three from 1:30:57. And the third one in the back, Martin Nedvídek, who incomprehensibly did not fit into the nomination (we write about it in more detail in previous articles) of the Czech team for the European Championships, finally finished in 46th place in 1:34:19 !, not far from Lukáš Gdula .... ... the holt limit is the limit and common sense or something else? this time he stayed somewhere with the farmers near Chlumec. The Czech Republic did not create a cooperative. In the overall team rankings, the Spaniards won ahead of Italy and the Germans.

IMG 0165 LargeAt the age of XNUMX for a long time it looked like the sovereign ride of the German Karel Junghanns, who disengaged from his opponents right after the start and at the 30th kilometer had a minute and a half lead over the rest of the starting field. Gradually, however, his lead began to decline rapidly and at the 44th kilometer he had a race of a new leading pedestrian, the Spaniard Marc Tur. Five kilometers before the finish, the number of candidates for other precious metals, which Finek Aleksi Ojala, the German Nathaniel Seiler and the Italian Andrea Agrusti, had to share. On the contrary, Junghannss continued to fail. Marc Tur eventually ran for a new personal record of 3:47:40. In the fight for more medals, the most successful was silver Aleksi Ojala (3:48:25). Andrea Augusto won bronze in 3:49:52. All three medalists broke the sharp qualifying limit for the Tokyo Olympics. The team's performance was best done by the Italians, followed by the Germans and Ukrainians.  


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