Three different starts and 273 athletes for race walking, in Day 6 at the European Masters Athletics Championships. Many spectators witnessed the competitions on the roads of Eraclea in the province of Venice, Italy, where in a sunny morning home athletes clinched a total of 13 golds. But the first woman at the finish line was Germany’s Bianca Schenker, ten second ahead of Italian Rosetta La Delfa in W40 age group, on a course something shorter than the official 10km distance.
If not for record books, the W70 clash was interesting for medals, as Briton Noel Blatchford beat Antonina Tyshko of Ukraine by only seven seconds. In men’s events, Spain took three individual titles and among them was quite remarkable the clear win by Miguel Perianez in M55 category, when Ian Richards from UK dominated the M70 race walk. Most of them will be busy again on Saturday, this time for 20km.
Meanwhile in the new episode of the Ritte family saga in pole vault, at Jesolo stadium, Thomas of Germany was crowned M40 champion a couple of days after the M65 gold won by his well-known father Wolfgang. In Caorle a thrilling W60 long jump match saw German Petra Herrmann three times at 4.48, edging out by one centimetre Spaniard Maria Escribano, silver with 4.47.
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