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Cieza 24.09.2006
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Competing in Cieza, Spain

It was fun to race in Cieza, Juan Molina's hometown. Juan Molina is very popular in his hometown, he even has his own stadium. His club, Cieza Golf, has many race walkers. The kids were racing before us. Before our warm up, Sabine Zimmer and I walked around the 1km course in the middle of the city. It was impressive to see how well most of the kids were walking. They already have a smooth technique with a very good rhythm. From time to time I have seen one or two kids walking like this, but in Cieza more than 50% of the kids did. Very good work of the coaches!!!

In our race the young Spanish girls took the lead from the beginning, but then Sabine Zimmer was ready to do a good race and after 400m she started to walk faster and faster. Most of us followed, but now most of the international walkers were in front. I walked just behind Sabine and just stayed with her. I passed 1km in 4.22 with Sabine just behind . I didn't fly all the way to Spain to walk 13 minutes, so I pushed the pace for the next 1,5km. And then it was just the last 500m to the finish. It was a lot of spectators watching the race and it was really fun to walk. My legs were not so fresh so I was happy to win in a descent time (12.37). Sabine Zimmer and Sylwia Korzeniowska were second and third.

The men's race with good international participation ended up with a double triumph for Spain. Paquillo Fernandez won just ahead of Juan Molina.

Results

Juan Manual Molina's Stadium in Cieza

The women's race, just after the start

It's always fun with a lot of spectators!

Sylwia, me and Sabine on the podium!!!

After the race, together with Juan!

©Kjersti Tysse Plätzer