13/03/2019   Lugano (SUI): Sunday the 16th Memorial Mario Albisetti

Sunday, March 17th will be a great day for the world race walk.

We will start when it will still be night in Europe with the 20km Asian Championships in Nomi (JPN) of which we have already made the presentation.
In the European morning, the 16th Mario Albisetti memorial in Lugano and the LXXI Spanish Championship of 20km in Oropesa del Mar (ESP) will take place.
For the 16th memorial Mario Albisetti - Trofeo Lugano, the entries have already been closed.
A fair number of athletes are entered for the two most important events, those on the 20km of men and women
20km men
Among all stands the name of Erick Bernabé Barrondo (GUA) who boasts on the 20km the personal best of 1:18:25 established in Lugano in the edition held on Mar. 18, 2012 when he came second behind Alex Schwazer.
For Barrondo the 2012 season was memorable and ended with the London Olympic silver.
His progression, however, in the following years was never up to the performance of that year

2018 1:24:46 Lugano (SUI) 11 MAR 2018
2017 1:21:34 London (GBR) 13 AUG 2017
2016 1:27:01 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 12 AUG 2016
2015 1:21:25 Arica (CHI) 09 MAY 2015
2014 1:21:14 La Coruna (ESP) 31 MAY 2014
2013 1:20:25 Dublin (IRL) 29 JUN 2013
2012 1:18:25 Lugano (SUI) 18 MAR 2012
2011 1:20:58 Dublin (IRL) 26 JUN 2011



The second entry time is that of Matteo Giupponi (ITA) with his personal best of 1:29:27 obtained in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 12, 2016
The other two entry time under 1:21:00 are those of
- Marius Ziukas (LTU) in 1:20:31 established in Adelaide (AUS) on Feb. 11, 2018
- Wayne Snyman (RSA) in 1:20:46 established in Stellenboch (RSA) on Apr. 16, 2016
As outsiders we mention Alexandros Papamihail (GRE) capable of 1:21:12, Alex Wright (IRL) capable of 1:21:17 and Stefano Chiesa (ITA) capable of 1:21:46 obtained in Lugano on Mar. 11, 2018.
20km women
The battle for victory should be between Eleonora Anna Giorgi (ITA) and Anezka Drahotova (CZE).
The personal best of both athletes is less than 1:27:00:
- Giorgi: 1:26:17 dates back to May 15, 2015 and was established in the European Cup in Murcia where she arrived second
- Drahotova: 1:26: 53 also established this same day and same race as Giorgi (4th place)
As outsiders we mention Brigita Virbalite-Dimsiene (LTU) capable of 1:27:59 obtained with the 4th place of the European Championships in Berlin on Jun. 11, 2018 and Mirna Surely Ortiz Flores (GUA) capable of a 1:28:31 obtained with the 2nd place in Rio Maior (POR) on Apr. 6, 2013

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