01/06/2020   Francisco Fernandez the most consistent athlete of the last 40 years, Mikhail Schennikov the one always at the highest levels






 

 

 

In these months in which Covid-19 changed our days of life, we took the liberty of stimulating the historical and statistical memory of Sandro Damilano by proposing an analysis of the continuity (constancy of results) of a single athlete over a period of time and then comparing it to his personal best.

 
 
 
Analysis methodology
 
 
 
1) With this aim, the best athletes from 1980 to 2020 who have obtained at least 10 performances have been taken into consideration.
 
2) In addition to the general standing Sandro Damilano then proposed us the rankings by decade (1980/1990 - 1990/2000 2000/2010 - 2010/2020)
 
3) The ranking on the average of the 10 best performances of each individual athlete gives us the representation of the regularity and consistency of results that this athlete has obtained.
It is an important fact to understand the continuity with which this walker has expressed himself over time.
 
4) The difference, in seconds, between the personal best and the average of the 10 results indicates instead how much the athlete has always been able to express himself at his maximum levels.
Only those athletes who have an average lower than 1:20:00 were taken into consideration.
The athlete with the best differential is Mikhail Schennikov (RUS) with only 30" difference between the average of the 10 results and his best time.
Then we find Cai Zelin, CHN (38") and then Robert Korzeniowski, POL (42")
 
5) In the ranking there are no important walkers who have won or placed in the big competitions (Olympics, World Championships, Team World Championships and Area Championships).
In some cases, for these athletes, we have not been able to know at least 10 results.
In other cases, it is in particular athletes who have recently entered the international limelight, and who have not yet played 10 races.
 
6) In the total ranking concerned, note that in the first 10 athletes only 3 are athletes of the last decade, even if it is the decade with the largest number of athletes with a time less than 1:20:00. The others are all athletes who competed in the decade 2000/2010.
 
7) out of the 120 athletes taken into consideration (with averages below 1:23:30) 27 walkers have an average below 1:20:00 (22,5%)
Under this time we find:
- 0 walkers in the decade 1980/1990;
- 6 walkers between 1990/2000;
- 8 walkers between 2000/2010 and
- 13 walkers in the last decade (2010/2020).
 
 
General ranking (first 27 athletes with results below 1:20:00)
 
 
12 Nations (5 Areas, 5 Continents) are represented as follows:
- China (6);
- Russia (5);
- Japan (4);
- Spain (2)
- Mexico (2);
- Australia (2);
- 1 athlete each for Ecuador; Poland; Belarus; France; Germany and Latvia.
 
There are, in these first 27 athletes, 4 Olympic Champions and 9 World Champions (including Korzeniowski and Pérez winners of both events).
 
 

 

 

 

Athletes

 

Nat.

Average 

10 best results

 

P.B.

 

Year

Difference

P.B - Average

1

Fernández Francisco

Esp

1:18:23

1:17:22

2002

61”

2

Suzuki

Jpn

1:18:39

1:16:36

2015

123”

3

Takahashi

Jpn

1:18:52

1:17:16

2018

96”

4

Wang Zhen

Chn

1:18:50

1:17:36

2012

74”

5

Markov

Rus

1:18:50

1:18:17

2005

43”

6

Andreev

Rus

1:18:54

1:18:16

2000

48”

7

Pėrez Jefferson

Ecu

1:19:00

1:17:21

2003

99”

8

Korzeniowski

Pol

1:19:04

1:18:22

2000

42”

9

Schennikov

Rus

1:19:06

1:18:36

1996

30”

10

Misyulya

Blr

1:19:08

1:18:18

1996

50”

11

Deakes

Aus

1:19:10

1:17:33

2005

97”

12

Cai Zelin

Chn

1:19:25

1:18:47

2012

38”

13

Han Yucheng

Chn

1:19:26

1:18:31

2005

55”

14

Chen Ding

Chn

1:19:29

1:17:40

2012

109”

15

Segura

Mex

1:19:34

1:17:25

1994

111”

16

Sánchez Eder

Mex

1:19:39

1:18:34

2008

65”

17

Diniz

Fra

1:19:44

1:17:02

2015

162”

18

Linke

Ger

1:19:44

1:18:42

2019

62”

19

Yamanishi

Jpn

1:19:45

1:17:15

2019

150”

20

Rasskazov

Rus

1:19:50

1:17:44

2000

114”

21

López M.A.

Esp

1:19:53

1:19:14

2015

39”

22

Wang Kaihua

Chn

1:19:54

1:17:54

2017

120”

23

Tallent

Aus

1:19:54

1:19:15

2010

39”

24

Matsunaga

Jpn

1:19:58

1:17:56

2018

122”

25

Fadejevs

Lat

1:19:59

1:19:25

2002

34”

26

Ruzavin

Rus

1:19:59

1:17:45

2012

134”

27

Yu Chaohong

Chn

1:20:00

1:18:30

2005

90”

 

 

Ranking by decades (top 10 athletes with results below 1:20:00)

 
1980 - 1990
 
 
As many as 6 nations represented in the top 10 positions. 3 Continents present. Note the presence of 3 Slovaks athletes (then Czechoslovakia). In the first 10 we find 4 Olympic winners.

 

 

 

 

Athletes

 

Nat.

Average 

10 best results

 

P.B.

 

Year

Difference

P.B - Average

1

Canto

Mex

1:20:12

1:18:40

1984

92”

2

Damilano M.

Ita

1:20:16

1:18:54

1992

82”

3

A’Hern

Aus

1:20:37

1:19:33

1990

64”

4

Pribilinec

Svk

1:20:51

1:19:30

1983

81”

5

Blazek

Svk

1:20:51

1:18:13

1990

158”

6

Noack

Ger

1:20:54

1:19:12

1987

102”

7

Mostovich

Rus

1:20:58

1:19:32

1987

96”

8

Mrazek

Svk

1:21:15

1:20:21

1987

54”

9

Bautista

Mex

1:21:19

1:18:49

1979

150”

10

Arena

Ita

1:21:38

1:19:24

1990

134”

 

 

1990 - 2000

 
 
Six athletes under 1:20:00 (22,2% of the total). Five nations and only 2 continents represented. During this period, the former school of the Soviet Union emerged as soon as it dissolved in various states. (3 Russians and 3 Belarusians in the top 10). No winner either of the Olympic Games or the World Cup in the top 10. Six athletes below 1:20:00.
 
 
 

 

 

Athletes

 

Nat.

Average 

10 best results

 

P.B.

 

Year

Difference

P.B - Average

1

Andreev

Rus

1:18:54

1:18:16

2000

48”

2

Schennikov

Rus

1:19:06

1:18:36

1996

30”

3

Misyulya

Blr

1:19:08

1:18:18

1996

50”

4

Segura

Mex

1:19:34

1:17:25

1994

111”

5

Rasskazov

Rus

1:19:50

1:17:44

2000

114”

6

Fadejevs

Lat

1:19:59

1:19:25

2002

34”

7

Lopez A.

Mex

1:20:01

1:17:56

1999

125”

8

Khmelnitskiy

Blr

1:20:07

1:18:14

2000

113”

9

Meleshkevich

Blr

1:20:07

1:18:12

1997

115”

10

Erm

Ger

1:20:11

1:18:42

2000

89”

 

 

2000 - 2010

 

 

Eight Nations represented, four Continents. Two Olympic Champions; Four winners of the World Championships (including the 2 Olympic winners Pérez and Korzeniowski).
 

Eight athletes with an average less than/equal to 1:20:00 

 


 

 

Athletes

 

Nat.

Average 

10 best results

 

P.B.

 

Year

Difference

P.B - Average

1

Fernández F.

Esp

1:18:23

1:17:22

2002

61”

2

Markov

Rus

1:18:50

1:18:17

2005

43”

3

Pėrez J.

Ecu

1:19:00

1:17:21

2003

99”

4

Korzeniowski

Pol

1:19:04

1:18:22

2000

42”

5

Deakes

Aus

1:19:10

1:17:33

2005

97”

6

Han Yucheng

Chn

1:19:26

1:18:31

2005

55”

7

Sánchez E.

Mex

1:19:39

1:18:34

2008

65”

8

Yu Chaohong

Chn

1:20:00

1:18:30

2005

90”

9

Molina

Esp

1:20:20

1:19:19

2008

61”

10

Trotskiy

Blr

1:20:22

1:19:40

2003

42”

 

 

 

2010 - 2020

 

It is the decade of Asian domination with 7 athletes in the top 10 (4 Chinese and 3 Japanese).
 
Europe defends itself with three representatives (France; Germany and Spain). The first on the Oceania is in 11th place. The first on the American continent is 16th. We find the first on the African continent in 35th position.
 
In the first 10 there are 2 Olympic Champions (Chinese) and 4 world champions (2 Japanese; 1 Spanish and 1 French).
 
All have an average below 1:20:00
 
 

 

 

Athletes

 

Nat.

Average 

10 best results

 

P.B.

 

Year

Difference

P.B - Average

1

Suzuki

Jpn

1:18:39

1:16:36

2015

123”

2

Takahashi

Jpn

1:18:52

1:17:16

2018

96”

3

Wang Zhen

Chn

1:18:50

1:17:36

2012

74”

4

Cai Zelin

Chn

1:19:25

1:18:47

2012

38”

5

Chen Ding

Chn

1:19:29

1:17:40

2012

109”

6

Diniz

Fra

1:19:44

1:17:02

2015

162”

7

Linke

Ger

1:19:44

1:18:42

2019

62”

8

Yamanishi

Jpn

1:19:45

1:17:15

2019

150”

9

López M.A.

Esp

1:19:53

1:19:14

2015

39”

10

Wang Kaihua

Chn

1:19:54

1:17:54

2017

120”

 

 

 

All full rankings in the Statitsics Section - 2020 or by clicking directly on this link: click here

 

 



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