After winning the 20km walk at the Eugene World Championships, the Peruvian Kimberly Garcia Leon did it again this Friday on the occasion of the 35km, a distance which now replaces the 50km.
Kimberly Garcia Leon is definitely the queen of the walk in Eugene! After bringing Peru its very first world title in athletics in the 20km walk, the native of Huancayo did not leave anyone the first gold medal awarded in the 35km. Indeed, World Athletics has decided to put aside the historic distance of the 50km recently opened to women in order to keep the discipline on the program of the Olympic Games. From the first five kilometers, the Peruvian escaped with the Polish Katarzyna Zdzieblo. A duo who knew how to collaborate in order to widen the gap on the Chinese Shijie Qieyang, very quickly isolated in third place in the race. Kimberly Garcia Leon then waited to pass the fifteen kilometer mark to increase the pace and outrun the Pole.
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After 20 kilometers, the latter was clocked in at eleven seconds. Katarzyna Zdzieblo then tried to resist and was able to get closer to less than ten seconds with ten laps of the one-kilometre circuit laid out on Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, near Autzen Stadium, which hosts games for the University of Oregon American football team. However, Katarzyna Zdzieblo finally gave in and saw Kimberly Garcia Leon soar to her second world championship title. The Peruvian wins with a 47-second lead over the Pole when Shijie Qieyang completes the podium just over a minute away. In other words, the podium for the 35km walk is strictly the same as that of the 20km contested at the start of the world championships in Eugene, a sign that the hierarchy of the women’s walk is well established.
ATHLETICS – WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS / 35KM WALKING (F)
Final ranking – Friday July 22, 2022
1- Kimberly Garcia Leon (PER) 2h39’16’’
2- Katarzyna Zdzieblo (POL) 2h40’03 ”
3- Shijie Qieyang (CHN) 2h40’37”
4- Antigoni Ntrismpioti (GRE) 2h41’58
5- Raquel Gonzalez (ESP) 2h42’27”