The England Athletics Team competing in the IAAF Race Walking Challenge, Dudince, Slovakia, on 19th March were victorious in two events!
In-form Tom Bosworth (Club: Tonbridge AC, Coach: Andi Drake) demolished the British 20k walk record in winning the race in 1:20:41! The previous record of 1:22:03 was held by Ian McCombie set when placing 13th in the 1988 Olympic Games 20k. Bosworth took the lead at 5k and split 10k in 39:58. Mexico’s Jesus Vega and Sweden’s Ato Ibanez closed to within 10 seconds at 15 km, but could not catch Bosworth who piled on a 3:54 final kilometre to take victory over fast finishing Italian Matteo Giuppani by 11 seconds with Ibanez third another three seconds back.
Dominic King (Club: Colchester Harriers, Coach: George Nibre) was 32nd in the 50k in 4:08:00, winning the British Athletics Olympic Trial to book his place in the Rio Team this summer and his second Olympic appearance. Daniel King was 39th in 4:19:12.
British Junior Record Holder Callum Wilkinson (Club: Enfield & Haringey, Coach: Mick Graham) won the Junior 10k event in 41:36, which was his second quickest performance. After a steady opening kilometre, he moved to the front and like Bosworth led through to the finish. Cameron Corbishley (Club: Medway & Maidstone, Coach: Andi Drake) and Guy Thomas (Club: Tonbridge AC, Coach: Martin Rush) were both disqualified in the final kilometre.
Johanna Atkinson (Jackson) has led the way in recent years in bringing race walk success back to the UK after many lean years; and to take two wins in this level of competition by the male athletes brings a great boost to the event group.
Tom has announced himself as a World Class act this winter with his indoor wins and records – he can now look to being highly competitive in the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships in May and the Olympic Games in August. Likewise Callum will head to the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships and the World Junior Championships as a contender, before embarking on the transition to the Olympic distance 20k in 2017.