24/03/2019   Cassino (ITA): Francesco Fortunato and Eleonora Dominici (great mark) are the new Italian champions of 20km


Beautiful sunny day that welcomes the walkers for the Italian 20km Individual Championship.
20km men
Federico Tontodonati (ITA) goes straight to the head. He is followed a few meters by Francesco Fortunato (ITA), Andrea Agrusti (ITA), Giorgio Rubino (ITA) and Giacomo Brandi (ITA).
- 5km:
Athletes pass at 5km with the following split:
- Tontodonati: in 20:37
- Fortunato, Agrusti, Rubino and Brandi in 20:58
- 10km:
Tontodonati maintains the advantage he had in the first quarter of a 20" in front of the group of pursuers.
Athletes pass at 10km:
- Tontodonati: in 41:21 (seconds 5km in 20:44)
- Fortunato, Agrusti and Rubino: in 41:47 (seconds 5km in 20:49)
- Brandi: in 42:40 (seconds 5km in 21:22)


- 15km:
The turning point takes place towards the 13th km when Francesco Fortunato together with his team-mate Andrea Agrusti force the pace and goes to catch Federico Tontodonati.
Immediately Fortunato, he continues at the head of the race, while Agrusti prefers to stay with Tontodonati.
The 15km passes are:
- Fortunato: 1:02:06 (third 5 km in 20:19)
- Tontodonati and Agrusti: 1:02:23 (third 5 km in 20:36)
They follow:
- Giorgio Rubino (1:03:20 with third 5km in 21:53)
- Giacomo Brandi (1:04:22 with third 5km in 21:42)
- Michele Antonelli (1:04:35)
- Gianluca Picchiottino (1:04:43)



- last 5km
Does not change much. The only noteworthy variation is given by the lengthening of Andrea Agrusti that allows him to detach Federico Tontodonati.
Victory for Francesco Fortunato (ITA) in 1:22:38
Second place to Andrea Agrusti (ITA) in 1:23:04  representing the new personal best (previous of 1:23:28 established in Bydgoszcz, POL on July 16, 2017).
Third place to Federico Tontodonati (ITA) in 1:23:51
Fourth place to Giorgio Rubino (ITA) in 1:24:44
Fifth place to Michele Antonelli (ITA) in 1:24:53
Sixth place to Gianluca Picchiottino in 1:25:49






20km women
The women's competition is practically without history.
Eleonora Dominici, we had said, was the main candidate for the victory, Italian judges allowing.
This time the "green light" also came thanks to the presence of three international judges with difficulty remedied with a lot of interpersonal contacts on Friday.
Dominici has made a masterful race, always in the lead, and the sad day of Gioiosa Marea can today only be a bad memory.
The personal best of 1:33:32 obtained in Bydgoszcz on Jul. 16, 2017 with the fifth place at the U23 European Championships of almost 3 minutes (2:58).
These are her split times every 5km:
- at 5km: 23:00
- at 10km: 46:00 (second 5km in 23:00) with an impressive regularity
After the 10km Eleonora Dominici forces the pace and passes to 15km incredibly in 1:08:19 with a partial in the third section of 5km of 22:19 (41" less than the time recorded in the two previous 5km).
She still forces in the last 5km (22:15) and ends the race in 1:30:35
This time today is the best seasonal performance in Italy in 2019 in front of Eleonora Anna Giorgi's 1:31:07 set last Sunday in Lugano, but above all it represents the fifth European performance of the season, before 1:30:55 established on March 17, 2019 from Maria Perez (ESP) to Oropesa del Mar (ESP).
Before her, at the moment, only four Russian athletes who competed at the Russian Winter Championships in Sochi, but who cannot participate in international activities.
Finally, and that is what matters most, obtained the entry standard to participate in the World Championships in Doha and the Olympic Games in Tokyo, thanks to the presence of the international jury that had been put in doubt until last Friday.
Below is the ranking of the top ten european seasonal services updated.

1:24:31 Yelena LASHMANOVA 09 APR 1992 RUSRUS Sochi (RUS) 18 FEB 2019
1:28:30 Elvira KHASANOVA 10 JAN 2000 RUSRUS Sochi (RUS) 18 FEB 2019
1:29:23 Nadezhda SERGEYEVA 06 SEP 1994 RUSRUS Sochi (RUS) 18 FEB 2019
1:30:26 Reykhan KAGRAMANOVA 01 JUN 1997 RUSRUS Sochi (RUS) 18 FEB 2019
1:30:35 Eleonora DOMINICI 22 FEB 1996 ITAITA Cassino (ITA) 24 MAR 2019
1:30:55 Maria PÉREZ 29 APR 1996 ESPESP Oropesa del Mar (ESP) 17 MAR 2019
1:31:07 Eleonora Anna GIORGI 14 SEP 1989 ITAITA Lugano (SUI) 17 MAR 2019
1:31:25 Brigita VIRBALYTĖ-DIMSIENĖ 01 FEB 1985 LTULTU Adelaide (AUS) 10 FEB 2019
1:31:40 Raquel GONZALEZ 16 NOV 1989 ESPESP Oropesa del Mar (ESP) 17 MAR 2019
10  1:31:59 Yuliya TUROVA 09 JUN 1997 RUSRUS Sochi (RUS) 18 FEB 2019




Second place to Lidia Barcella (ITA) in 1:37:43
Third place to Ilaria Camilla Galli (ITA) in 1:44:02

U20 and U18 events
15km U20 men
Victory to Riccardo Orsoni (ITA) in 1:04:50
Second place to Aldo Andrei (ITA) in 1:06:38
Third place to Andrea Cosi (ITA) in 1:08:42
10km U20 women
Victory to Andrada Lavinia Lacatus (ITA) in 49:24
Second place to Camilla Gatti (ITA) in 50:29
Third place to Simona Bertini (ITA) in 50:40
10km U18 boys
Victory to Michele Gamba (ITA) in 45:43
Second place to Nicola Lomuscio (ITA) in 46:38
Third place to Pietro Pio Notaristefano (ITA) in 47:46
10km U20 girls
Victory to Martina Casiraghi (ITA) in 50:26
Second place to Alessia Titone (ITA) in 54:15
Third place to Valeria Buglisi (ITA) in 55:09


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