The Covid-19 pandemic is hitting every corner of the world and South America is no exception. All activities in the region have been virtually paralyzed since the last event was held in Bragança Paulista, Brazil on 14 March. There, Darlan Romani, the area record holder in the shot put, the fourth place finisher at the 2019 World Championships and one of South America’s best athletes, reached 21.52m.
Sweden’s Perseus Karlstrom confirmed his favourite status to dominate the men’s race with three straight victories at the Around Taihu International Race Walking competition while Brazil’s Erica de Sena rallied to take the women’s individual title at the last leg of this year’s IAAF Race Walking Challenge that concluded in the Chinese city of Suzhou on Tuesday (22).
Sweden’s Perseus Karlstrom achieved a historic win while Brazil’s Erica de Sena confirmed her favourite status as they dominated the 20km on the opening day of the 2019 Pan American Race Walking Cup in the south-eastern city of Lazaro Cardenas for the fifth leg of the IAAF Race Walking Challenge on Saturday (20).
Benjamin Thorne and Evan Dunfee made it a Canadian double and joined Brazil’s Erica de Sena as they all enjoyed their first victories at the IAAF Race Walking Challenge in Monterrey on Sunday (19).
Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez will start the defence of her IAAF Race Walking Challenge title on home soil as the 10-race Series continues Sunday (12) in Ciudad Juarez, north of Mexico.
World champion Liu Hong has been unbeaten since March 2015, making the world record-holder the big favourite for the women’s 20km race walk in Rio.
There are not many husband-and-wife teams in the history of the Olympics that return with a medal each - but Andres Chocho and Erica de Sena plan to join the elite group in Rio.
Ecuador’s Andres Chocho produced the best result of the 2016 edition of the South American Race Walking Cup, which took place on the streets of Guayaquil on Sunday (3).
The 14th edition of the IAAF Race Walking Challenge starts in the Australian city of Adelaide in barely a week’s time on Sunday 21 February and is just one of 11 chances for the top athletes to accumulate points and possibly get a share of the huge $200,000 prize money pot.
China’s Liu Hong broke the women’s 20km race walk world record* with 1:24:38 at the Gran Premio Cantones de Marcha – the Spanish leg of the 2015 IAAF Race Walking Challenge in La Coruna – on Saturday (6).
Czech Republic’s rising home star Anezka Drahotova, who is still a junior, and Slovakia’s experienced Matej Toth took the honours at the Podebrady 2014 meeting on Saturday (12), the eighth of this year’s 12 events which count towards the 2014 IAAF Race Walking Challenge.