11/04/2020   AtleticaViva Online: The 50km women's walk: history, analysis and evolution of a race




In this period of mandatory home stop and suspension of competitive activity, a large videoconference program was born on "AtleticaViva Online", a project promoted and implemented by the Fidal Technical Management.
A dense video conference calendar has been scheduled on all athletics specialties.
Wednesday 8 April at 6:00pm through the use of the "Zoom" platform, it was the first video conference dedicated to the march.
Moderator: Ruggero Sala, the speakers Massimiliano Cortinovis and Gianni Perricelli dedicated the first meeting to the theme of
"The 50km women's walk: history, analysis and evolution of a race".
We are pleased to publish in our Techniques, Rules and Conventions section -> Conventions (year 2020) sub-section the complete PDF of the presentation used in the videoconference.
The original PDF in Italian was then translated for the benefit of our English-speaking readers
Documents can be downloaded from the relevant section indicated above or by clicking on this link.
In addition, the videoconference can be reviewed through the full recording of the webinars in the relevant section of AtleticaViva Online by clicking on this link and choosing the topic concerned.

Massimiliano Cortinovis, born in Bergamo on July 27, 1995, always a lover of Race Walking  - as an athlete first, and as a coach now. He started Race Walking when he was 6 and continued until he decided to devote himself completely to coaching in 2016. He graduated from the University of Milan's School of Sport Sciences with full marks and honors in Motor Science, sport’s science, technique and didactics.


The work he have presented was the subject of his Degree Thesis; the choice of the topic was due to the fact that the 50km race for women has had a very short official life but, despite this, it was important to recognize its importance and value. In the analysis carried out for the thesis project, he researched the differences that underlie male and female performance and also tried to understand how the top world athletes faced their races in the years 2017, 2018 and 2019.


To this end, the project studied how performances have evolved during time, comparing them also with the races that were held in Scanzorosciate before the year 2010. Moreover, the pacing strategy of the major international competition was also studied.


A further case study involved the case of a mid-level athlete who made the transition from the 20 km race to the 50 km race, trying to focus on the main aspects that changed in the training methodology.


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