Apart from the men‘s 110m hurdles, and its star, Liu Xiang, race walking will also come under heavy scrutiny as the Chinese track and field team prepares for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Of the 117 athletes at the winter training camps, which are regarded as a key part of the build-up for the 2012 Games, 53 of the invitees are race walkers, including World Championships men‘s 20km silver medalist Wang Hao and women‘s 20km bronze winner Liu Hong. Writes China Daily. Therefore, during the winter training period, legendary Italian walking coach Sandro Damilano, who has coached two Olympic champions, has been invited to China to help the national team. After his stay here, Damilano will select five young Chinese walkers and take them back to his homeland for more training.