Yohann Diniz (FRA) - fit again shows his form in Leamington Spa (Tim Watt)

Hoping for a vintage year, Diniz planning full schedule - IAAF Race Walking Challenge

Yohann Diniz thought he’d left nothing to chance for last year’s World Championships. The European Champion for the 50Km Race Walk trained as never before, arriving in Berlin with excellent morale and no physical problems, yet finished a disappointed 12th, having almost thrown in the towel.
This year the 32-year-old Frenchman is determined the experience will make him stronger, and, with a new more positive approach, plans to follow the IAAF Race Walking Challenge through to the final in September...
iaaf.org, 2 April 2010
Maria Vasco (ESP) crosses the line for bronze in the 20km Race Walk (Getty Images)

Vasco - constant in her desire for progress - IAAF Race Walking Cup

The 24th IAAF World Cup of Race Walking at Chihuahua coincides with a fiesta entitled “Three Centuries, Three Celebrations”, celebrating 100 years of the Mexican Revolution, 200 years of Mexico’s Independence and 300 years of the city’s foundation. Its citizens may then appreciate an independent spirit in María Vasco, who refuses to be overawed by Russian dominance in her event.
The 34-year-old resident in Santa Margarida de Montbui, founded her own club in 2006 named as the town, but when sponsors backed out she renamed it, with all due immodesty, as Club María Vasco. ....
iaaf.org, 2 March 2010
Left to right Nathan Deakes (AUS), Jefferson Perez (ECU) and Robert Korzeniowski (POL) - the medallists of the men

The evolution of the IAAF World Race Walking Cup, and its strong Mexican connection

Race Walking tends to appeal to individuals, nations even, with the mindset of the dogged and determined. The underdog - passionate, defiant, yet unassuming.
While, in this toughest of endurance tests, success requires inspiration from within, more often than not, supreme triumph occurs when a group of athletes share the same passion, often inspired by a visionary leader.
For historic reasons, Mexico shares this passion, arising from the Olympics Games, and the IAAF World Race Walking Cup, a competition that was formed from one man’s vision for breaking down barriers between people.....
iaaf.org, 27 February 2010