European Paint & Resin News, July 2007

EXECUTIVE BRIEFING

According to Hans Wijers, Akzo Nobel’s CEO and member of the Board of Management responsible for Coatings, ‘traditionally, the summer months in Europe are a time for vacations and relaxing, but ongoing events within the company are keeping everyone extremely focused as we continue preparations to separate into two distinct businesses - Coatings/Chemicals and Pharma.’...
PRA European Paint & Resin News [EPRN] > Executive Briefing, July 2007
Vladimir Kanaykin wins the 2007 European Cup of Race Walking (Tim Watt)

Kanaykin takes 50km title in Leamington

The 50km showed that supreme speed endurance, and lessons learned from experience, will outmatch plain endurance as Russia's Vladimir Kanaykin claimed a last gasp win in the Men's 50km walk at the 7th European Cup in Leamington.
Kanaykin, right, who holds the world best for the 35km walk, won the 2002 World Junior Championships and took the silver medal at the 2004 World Junior Championships, but had yet to translate that promise in senior international competition, despite several faltering attempts.
This year the Mordovian walker has worked on his technique and applied his supreme pace at the right time this time to win in a time of 3:40:57. Having held back his natural inclination to push the pace, staying in the second group early on, he produced a decisive turn of speed in the late stages of the race, timing it right to only taking the lead in the 46th kilometre.
"For me the race started at 40km and I felt good," said Kanaykin, after finishing the race with a flourish....
Russian Athletics, 21 May 2007
Yohann Diniz wins European Cup 20km in Leamington Spa, 17 May 2007 (Tim Watt)

Diniz & Turava add to European titles as Kanaykin takes 50km title in Leamington

Yohan Diniz of France and Belarussian Rita Turava added the European Cup Race Walking titles to the titles won in Gothenburg last summer with decisive victories over 20km at the European Cup Race Walking in Leamington on Sunday.
The last event of the 2007 European Cup Race Walking proved to be a fitting finale.
european-athletics.org, 17 May 2007
Anisya Kornikova (Tim Watt)

Russia take clean sweep in Junior Races in Leamington

Russia emerged victorious in both Junior races, winning both the men's and women's individual and team events.....
european-athletics.org, 17 May 2007
Harold Whitlock(EAA)

Leamington set to welcome Europe to highlight of centenary celebrations of Race Walking Association

The beautiful town of Royal Leamington Spa was famed in Victorian times for its healing waters. Visitors came to soothe aches, pains and ailments by bathing in pools filled with the salty spa water.
In 1814 the Royal Pump Rooms and Baths were opened close to the River Leam and the town gained its ‘Royal' prefix in 1838, granted by Queen Victoria, who visited as a Princess in 1830 and as Queen in 1858.
On Sunday the three hundred plus international athletes arriving for the seventh European Cup Race Walking will have no time for such relaxations.
iaaf.org, 18 May 2007
Ivano Brugnetti (EAA)

European Cup Race Walking - Leamington Race Preview

The packed schedule gets underway at 8am on Sunday with the longest race in athletics - the mens' 50km walk, while a Junior 10km for Men and Women will precede the hightlights of the events, the 20km for Men and Women.
iaaf.org, 18 May 2007
Nathan Deakes breaks the World record for the 50km Race Walk in Geelong (Andrew Hair - TEAM)

Deakes, injured by physio, delays his plans for IAAF Race Walking Challenge

Nathan Deakes, who set the newly ratified World record for the 50km Race Walk of 3:35:47 in December, will be spending more time looking at his IAAF World record plaque hanging up in his pool room than expected, as he has had to pull out of the IAAF World Race Walking Challenge event in Shenzhen, China, on 24 March, which would have been his Challenge opener.
“In early January I received a haemorrhage in my upper hamstring, from some over-zealous work from a physio!” said Deakes this week, pointing out that it was not his regular therapist that helped get him back into such good shape last year"....
iaaf.org, 8 March 2007
Russia

Markov the likely trail blazer for Russia in the IAAF Race Walking Challenge

With the 2007 IAAF Race Walking Challenge offering prize money for the overall best 8 ranked athletes totalling more than $200,000 in addition to a $150,000 prize purse for each race at the World Championships in Osaka, and significant rewards at each individual event, this year’s Challenge which begins this coming weekend (10 / 11 March) in Naucalpan, Mexico, looks set to be more competitive, and bigger, than ever....
iaaf.org, 7 March 2007
Jane Saville (AUS) (Getty Images)

Saville confirms her Race Walking Challenge plans

During last minute preparations for her successful defence of her Commonwealth Games 20km walk title this time last year, Jane Saville was unexpectedly called upon to represent Australian sport in the opening ceremony at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. On that night she set the pace for 426 athletes as she proudly carried her flag. This year, Jane is preparing in more of a low-key style for the international season, while also able to be in support of, and be coached by, her husband - the professional cyclist Matt White.....
iaaf.org, 27 Feb 2007
Susan Feitor leads home a surprise team title for Portugal - women

Feitor determined to think positively in Rio Maior

Portugal's Susana Feitor would have preferred to be relaxed and focused when the IAAF Race Walking Challenge comes to her home town this weekend.
Unfortunately, this week the 2005 World Championship 20km silver medallist has had to deal with the loss of some vital equipment for the modern-day globetrotting athlete.
“I had my car broken into and had my possessions stolen including my laptop computer, camera, iPod and Adidas kit..."
iaaf.org, 12 April 2007
Francisco Javier Fernandez leads home the individual and team wins for the hosts Spain (Getty Images)

Fernández to race in Belfast at the end of his 'winter cycle of speed

2006 IAAF Race Walking Challenge winner Francisco Javier Fernández of Spain known more commonly as ‘Paquillo' in the race walking world has set out on a circuitous but familiar path to what the 2004 Olympic and two-time World championship 20km silver medallist and his famous coach Robert Korzeniowski hope will be gold at this summer’s World Championships in Osaka.
iaaf.org, 14 February 2007
Kjersti Plätzer - winning the Olympic 20km Race Walk silver in 2000 (Getty Images)

Plätzer targets the IAAF Race Walking Challenge in another comeback season

Even though 2007 marks her twenty first season of international Race Walking, Norway’s Kjersti Plätzer is motivated and positive about the battle for this year's IAAF Race Walking Challenge title.
iaaf.org, 5 February 2007

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