Sanchez and Sibileva beat the heat in Sesto San Giovanni – IAAF Race Walking Challenge
Eder Sanchez from Mexico and Russian Tatyana Sibileva took the honours at the 55th edition of the Coppa Città di Sesto San Giovanni, the Italian leg of the IAAF Race Walking Challenge, held in very hot conditions on Sunday.
Sanchez, World bronze medallist in the 20 km in 2009, won in 1:24:52 in a race badly affected by a temperature of 34°C. Russian Petr Trofimov finshed second in 1:25:32 ahead of Japanese Yusuke Suzuki (1:26:42).
Russian Tatiana Sibileva took the win in the women’s 20 km race in 1:30:35 on a very warm morning with a temperature of 29°C. Olive Loughnane from Ireland, World silver medallist in 2009 finished runner-up in 1:31:33 ahead of Claire Tallent (wife of double 20 and 50 km Olympic medallist Jared Tallent), third in 1:32:39. Warm weather conditions certainly took their toll on final times.