Chu and Zimmer Krantz surprise victors in La Coruña

21.06.2009 World

Chinas Yafei Chu and Germanys Sabine Zimmer Krantz clinched respective shock victories to highlight the Gran Premio Cantones de Marcha.

“Gran Premio Cantones de Marcha” is the Spanish leg in 2009 IAAF Race Walking Challenge held Saturday (20) afternoon on a nice day although strong gusts of winds hampered the efforts of the walkers.

The 20-year-old Chu clocked 1:19:51 to better defending champion Eric Tysse of Norway by four seconds; in the women’s contest Tysse’s older sister Kjersti Plätzer, the overwhelming pre-race favourite, had to settle for the runner-up place on this occasion well behind Krantz (formerly Zimmer) 1:30:20 to 1:30:55 to switch their respective positions from last year in what was the Norwegian’s first loss in six outings at this year’s Challenge.


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