22/07/2022   Oregon 2022 World Championships - 35km women.



6:15 am from Eugene. Last week's rematch on the 20km airs, but to be honest, the race that will establish which of the two most starter athletes (Kimberly Garcia-Leon, PER and Qieyang Shenjie, CHN will be the most popular athlete of the season) is aired.
The European spring said China, the US summer instead said Peru.
Now we are in the final act.
Maria Perez (ESP) is excluded from this final act, because, after the disqualification in the 20km, preferred not to participate to perhaps trying to find new stimuli for the next European Championships in Munich.
Who knows if today Katarzyna Zdzieblo (POL) will be able to repeat the performance of the 20km. Who knows even if the other Chinese athlete Li Maocuo, silver in Doha 2019 on the 50km, will instead be able to tell the world that the 35km is not a matter that concerns only the athletes who preferred the 20km.

- at 5km
Leading the pair Garcia-Leon - Zdzieblo (23:26) with 5 seconds ahead of the Chinese, Qieyang (23:31).
They follow:
Yasury Palacios (GUA), Paola Perez (ECU) in 23:45
Viviane Lyra (BRA), Laura Garcia-Caro (ESP), Raquel Gonzalez (ESP), Antigoni Ntrismpioti (GRE) in 23; 51 and Serena Sonoda (JPN) in 23:52)
- at 10km
The leading pair passes in 46:27 (5km seconds in 23:01) followed by the Chinese (46:55)
Behind them we find Serena Sonoda, Antigoni Ntrismpioti, Paola Perez, Laura Garcia-Caro, Raquel Gonzalez, Yesury Palacios Li Maocuo and Yin Lamei all in 47:32
The news, however, is that Katarzyna Zdzieblo has a red card against her for ben knee.
- at 15km
The leading pair passes in 1:09:25 (third 5km in 22:58) while the Chinese pass in 1:10:01 at 36 seconds.
Behind them the situation has changed a little, but not by much.
There is a group composed of Serena Sonoda, Antigoni Ntrismpioti, Laura Garcia-Caro, Raquel Gonzalez, Li Maocuo in 1:11:03 and Viviane Lyra and Paola Perez (1:11:04)

- at 20km
After 1:22:00 of the race (almost 18km) the Peruvian force the pace and detaches the Pole by about five meters, which then gradually increased up to 11 seconds.
Then in the lead Garcia-Leon in 1:31:49 (quarters 5km in 22:24), then Zdzieblo in 1:32:00
Followed by Qieyang (1:33:05) and then the group dee outsider with Raquel Gonzalez, Serena Sonoda, Antigoni Ntrismpioti, Laura Garcia-Caro and Viviane Lyra in 1:34:25
Further behind Li Maocuo and Yin Lamei (1:34:34)
- at 25km
Always in the lead Garcia-Leon in 1:54:33 (fifth 5km in 22:44) followed by the Polish after 7 seconds (1:54:50)
In third place always Qieyang in 1:56:04 (+1:31).
Behind the situation, the situation has changed a bit.
Raquel Gonzalez, Serena Sonoda and Antigoni Ntrismpioti in 1:34:24 followed by Laura Garcia-Caro and Viviane Lyra in 1:34:25
Just behind (1:34:34) Li Maocuo and Yin Lamei.
- at 30km
Leading positions have not changed. The splits times are:
Garcia-Leon in 2:15:05 (sixth 5km in 22:32) followed by the Polish now at 21 seconds (2:17:26)
In third place always Qieyang in 2:18:34 (+1:29).
Fourth place to Raquel Gonzalez In 2:19:30, then Laura Garcia-Caro in 2:19:52 and again Antigoni Ntrismpioti in 2:20:08
Serena Sonoda loses ground in 2:20:49 followed by Viviane Lyra and Li Maocuo in 2:21:13
- last 5km
Nothing changes in the fight for medals except the belated attempt by the Qieyangs to reach silver.
For the other positions Antigoni Ntrismpioti (GRE) has the better of Raquel Gonzalez who is the first Spaniard ahead of Laura Garcia-Caro.
Great comeback by Li Maocuo (CHN) who, as a good fifty walker, managed to give her best in the final.

Order of arrival:
1.- Kimberly Garcia Leon (PER) in 2:39:16 (South American Area record)
2.- Katarzyna Zdzieblo (POL) in 2:40:03 personal best
3.- Qieyang Shenjie (CHN) in 2:40:37 (Asia Area record)
4.- Antigoni Ntrisnpioti (GRE) in 2:41:58 (national record of Greece)
5.- Raquel Gonzalez (ESP) in 2:42:27 (personal best)
6.- Laura Garcia-Caro (ESP) in 2:42:25 (personal best)
7.- Li Maocuo (CHN) in 2:44:28
8.- Viviane Lyra (BRA) in 2:45:04 (Brazil national record)
Never in a championship or at the Games have we seen the same order of arrival between the fast race (20km) and the long race (50km now 35km).
Incredible but true, but today it happened and imagining this result would have been impossible.
At the beginning of the report they said that perhaps some long-distance athlete could have told the world that 35km is not just a matter for fast walkers, but also for endurance riders.
Nothing more wrong. In the first eight positions only Li Maocuo (CHN) and Antigoni Ntrisnpioti (GRE) have had long distance experiences. All the others come from the 20km and 10km.
We will now see what will happen in the men's race.
Speaking of men, today is also the day of the election of Toshikazu Yamanishi (JPN) in the Athletics Commission of the World Athletics with 494 votes.
A good signal for race walking.






(from World Athletics website by Mike Rowbottom)



Peru’s Kimberly Garcia won the first ever 35km race walk to be held at the World Athletics Championships, a week after securing gold in the women’s 20km event, followed home, as in the earlier race, by Poland’s Katarzyna Zdzieblo of Poland and China’s Qieyang Shijie.

In earning both race walking golds at a global championships, the 28-year-old from Huancayo emulated the great Polish race walker Robert Korzeniowski, who won the men’s 20km and 50km events at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.


As in the 20km race walk, Garcia went early to the lead and remained there, although she was accompanied for half the race by the Pole who had learned her race walking technique at a sports school set up by Korzeniowski.

The Peruvian crossed the line in a South American record of 2:39:16, four minutes inside her previous best and enough for equal third on the world all-time list, with Zdzieblo taking silver 2:40:03 and Qieyang, who was virtually alone for the whole race, earning bronze in an Asian record of 2:40:37.

Fourth place went to Greece’s Antigoni Ntrismpioti in a national record of 2:41:58 with Spain’s Raquel Gonzalez finishing fifth in a personal best of 2:42:27 ahead of her compatriot Laura Garcia-Caro in 2:42:45 – also a personal best.


By the time the field passed through the fourth kilometre, the pattern of the race was set, with Garcia and Zdzieblo pushing on at the front and Qieyang racing alone some way back, but well ahead of the chasing group of a dozen race walkers.

While the 31-year-old Chinese athlete, 2012 Olympic champion and world silver medallist at 20km three years ago in Doha, maintained admirable discipline on her lonely journey, she never looked likely either to catch the leading two or to be caught by those racing behind her on a day when cool and windless conditions favoured the field of 41 that set off at 6:15 local time.

After appearing to push the early pace, Zdzieblo was dropped by her Peruvian rival shortly after the halfway mark.


By the time Garcia, wearing sunglasses for most of the race despite the absence of any sunshine, passed the 20km marker in 1:31:49 – a time that would have earned her 13th place in last Friday’s 20km race walk – she had established an 11-second lead.

But the Pole, grimacing with the effort, found a second wind which enabled her to narrow that gap to just seven seconds at the 25km mark.

That was as close as she got, however, as the Peruvian pushed on again, inexorably, stretching the gap to 15 seconds by the 28km mark, and to 21 seconds as she went through 30km in 2:17:05.


Nothing was going to stop Garcia’s historic double achievement at this point, although it was only after she had crossed the finish line of the one-kilometre looped course on Eugene’s Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard that the impassive expression she had worn throughout gave way to a broad and relieved smile.


I have always dreamed of making history in a sport I am so passionate about and that I have been practicing since the age of five,” said Garcia, who is coached by Ecuador’s 2015 Pan-American Games 50km champion Andres Chocho, who is contesting the men’s 35km on Sunday. “My plan was to set a steady pace until 20km and gradually increase the pace from there. That's what I did today.

“After my 20km win, I tried to stay well hydrated, to eat well to get ready for the 35km. I trained to finish strong in the last five kilometres. I can't wait to celebrate with my family when I arrive home and then reset to start preparing for the World Championships and the Pan American Games next year.


Before last week’s race, Peru had never won a World Championship medal. Now, thanks to this 28-year-old from Huancayo, they have two golds. She is likely to have a decent reception when she arrives home…


Mike Rowbottom for World Athletics