Sapporo, japan / 06.08.2021 05:02:57
Italy achieved the double of Olympic golds in the 20-kilometer march of the Tokyo 2020 Games Thanks to the success of Antonella Palmisano in the women’s event, this Friday in Sapporo, where the Colombian Sandra Lorena Arenas achieved her greatest success by hanging the silver.
Five years after the silver of Rio 2016 by Lupita González (absent from this appointment due to a doping penalty), Mexico had the best performance in the test that of Alegna González (1h30: 33), which finished in a creditable fifth position.
A day after Massimo Stano won in the same place in the men’s 20-kilometer race, Palmisano won with a time of 1 hour, 29 minutes and 12 seconds, with a 25-second margin over Arenas (1h29: 37) and 45 seconds over the Chinese Hong Liu (1h29: 57), who was bronze.
Spain once again suffered its particular curse of fourth place in the Tokyo 2020 walking tests. After seeing how Álvaro Martín (20 km) and Marc Tur (50 km) remain at the foot of the podium in the men’s races, this time it was María Pérez (1h30: 05) who occupied that position.
In total there were three Latin American marchers in the Top 10 of the event, since the Ecuadorian Paola Pérez (1h31: 26) was ninth.
The race was especially cruel for the Brazilian based in Ecuador Erica de Sena, who in the last kilometer was fighting for silver with the Colombian Arenas when she was penalized, was in the retention zone and said goodbye to the podium. She ended up crying inconsolably after entering the finish line in eleventh position (1h31: 39).