Borchin and Kaniskina on cruise control in Rio Maior – IAAF Race Walking Challenge
Lisbon, Portugal – Racing in spectacular conditions, Russians Valeriy Borchin and Olga Kaniskina captured convincing 20Km victories at the 20th edition of the International Race Walking Grand Prix in Rio Maior on Saturday, the fifth stop of the 2011 IAAF Race Walking Challenge.
Matej Toth of Slovakia, winner of the 50Km even in Dudince last month, lead the field until midway when Borchin (PB 1:17:38), the reigning Olympic and World champion, made his move for the front and pushed hard en route to a 1:18:55 victory. His mark broke the meeting record of 1:19:02 held by Spaniard Francisco Fernandez.
The great course also helped Russian Stanislav Emelyanov, who improved his personal best by ten seconds to 1:19:33 to finish second. Mexico’s Eder Sanchez made up ground in the latter stages to finish third in 1.19.36, well off of His personal best but showing his efforts on the road to Daegu. Toth lost a lot of ground in the waning kilometres, but still finished fourth with 1:20:53, a new personal best.