08/08/2018   Berlin 2018: the slowest 50km of the European Championships for a quarter of a century






The men's 50km of Berlin was, among the last European Championships, the slowest one.
We have not recorded results so slow in the last 24 years of the Championships (seven editions).
 
Maybe it was the heat (but who writes recalls the editions of Barcelona, Budapest and Helsinki in which the heat was the master), maybe it was the course defined by some athlete "too muscular" (but the writer remembers that of Zurich, Munich and Helsinki, which in terms of difficulty for athletes were not sure "a walks in a forest"), the fact is that it has walked much more slowly and perhaps with completely different race strategies.
 
The following table shows the performances obtained by the first three athletes in the various editions
 
 

Edition Gold Silver Bronze
       
Berlino 2018 3:46:32 3:47:27 3:47:59
Zurigo 2014 3:32:33 (WR) 3:36:21 3:37:41
Barcelona 2010 3:40:37 3:42:24 3:43:26
Goteborg 2006 3:41:39 3:42:48 3:43:26
Munich 2002 3:36:39 3:40:16 3:44:33
Budapest 1998 3:43:51 3:44:29 3:45:53
Helsinki 1994 3:41:07 3:43:52 3:43:55


On the other hand, the following table shows the hypothetical positions of the first three classified of Berlin 2018 in the various previous editions.

 

Edition Position of 1st in 2018 Position of 2nd in 2018 Position of 3rd in 2018
       
Berlino 2018 1° - 3:46:32 2° - 3:47:27 3° - 3:47:59
Zurigo 2014 10° 11°
Barcelona 2010
Goteborg 2006
Munich 2002
Budapest 1998
Helsinki 1994 11°

 

If we think that Hartwig Gauder (GER) who won in Stuttgart in 1986 (3:40:55) would win this edition of the home championships with over 5 minutes of advantage, we see the reality of the current historical moment.

 

If we analyze for a moment the world list of 50km updated after Berlin 2018, we will see, with amazement, that in the first 20 World performances of the year only three of these were obtained in Berlin: that of Dmitriy Dziubin (BLR), that of Haward Haukenes (NOR) and that of Carl Dohmann (GER).

 

  MARK COMPETITOR DOB NAT VENUE DATE
             
3:42:20 Sergey BAKULIN 13 NOV 1986 RUSRUS Cheboksary (RUS) 09 JUN 2018
3:42:46 Matej TÓTH 10 FEB 1983 SVKSVK Dudince (SVK) 24 MAR 2018
3:44:25 Hiroki ARAI 18 MAY 1988 JPNJPN Taicang (CHN) 05 MAY 2018
3:44:31 Hayato KATSUKI 28 NOV 1990 JPNJPN Taicang (CHN) 05 MAY 2018
3:44:43 Veli-Matti PARTANEN 28 OCT 1991 FINFIN Dudince (SVK) 24 MAR 2018
3:44:52 Satoshi MARUO 28 NOV 1991 JPNJPN Taicang (CHN) 05 MAY 2018
3:44:59 Maryan ZAKALNYTSKYY 19 AUG 1994 UKRUKR Taicang (CHN) 05 MAY 2018
3:45:29 Qin WANG 08 MAY 1994 CHNCHN Taicang (CHN) 05 MAY 2018
3:45:56 Tomohiro NODA 24 JAN 1996 JPNJPN Wajima (JPN) 15 APR 2018
10  3:47:59 Dmitriy DZIUBIN 12 JUL 1990 BLRBLR Berlin (GER) 07 AUG 2018
11  3:48:01 Rui WANG 06 JAN 1996 CHNCHN Taicang (CHN) 05 MAY 2018
12  3:48:22 Rafał AUGUSTYN 14 MAY 1984 POLPOL Taicang (CHN) 05 MAY 2018
13  3:48:35 Håvard HAUKENES 22 APR 1990 NORNOR Berlin (GER) 07 AUG 2018
14  3:48:54 Perseus KARLSTRÖM 02 MAY 1990 SWESWE Taicang (CHN) 05 MAY 2018
15  3:48:58 Quentin REW 16 JUL 1984 NZLNZL Taicang (CHN) 05 MAY 2018
16  3:49:17 Ivan BANZERUK 09 FEB 1990 UKRUKR Taicang (CHN) 05 MAY 2018
17  3:49:54 Rafał SIKORA 17 FEB 1987 POLPOL Taicang (CHN) 05 MAY 2018
18  3:50:18 Evan DUNFEE 28 SEP 1990 CANCAN Taicang (CHN) 05 MAY 2018
19  3:50:27 Andres CHOCHO 04 NOV 1983 ECUECU Monterrey (MEX) 25 FEB 2018
19  3:50:27 Carl DOHMANN 18 MAY 1990 GERGER Berlin (GER) 07 AUG 2018

 

Trying to understand the reasons for the performance of these three athletes in Berlin, we find that:
 
- Dmitriy Dziubin (BLR): in the season he had competed only on the 35km where he had obtained the entry standard for Berlin; his is a personal best as a participant for an inaugural 50km.
- Haward Haukenes (NOR): he had not competed in 2018 neither on the 50km nor in 35km. He had presented himself in Berlin with the mark obtained in Dudince 2017 (3:43:40).
- Carl Dohmann (GER): he is the only one of the three to have participated in another 50km in 2018 (that of Taicang where he ranked 23rd in 3:55:58) and therefore he is the only one to have obtained a improvement even if still far from his personal best (3:45:21).
 
Coming down in the results of Berlin another personal best was that of Nathaniel Seiler (GER) who finished 8th in 3:54:08.
 
Then there are the performances of Bence Venyercsan (HUN) (13th in 3:58:35) and of Artur Mastianica (LTU) (14th in 3:58:29): the first represents the new national record U23 of Hungary, while the second the personal best of the athlete.
 
We conclude with the world list of the first 30 women in 50km updated after Berlin 2018.
The European women's movement in 50km is represented by 20 athletes on the first 30 of the World list. Eight of these marks were obtained in Berlin; how to say: if they are roses they will bloom.
 
 

 
  MARK COMPETITOR DOB NAT VENUE DATE
             
4:04:36 Rui LIANG 18 JUN 1994 CHNCHN Taicang (CHN) 05 MAY 2018
4:09:09 Hang YIN 07 FEB 1997 CHNCHN Taicang (CHN) 05 MAY 2018
4:09:21 Ines HENRIQUES 01 MAY 1980 PORPOR Berlin (GER) 07 AUG 2018
4:09:33 Claire TALLENT 06 JUL 1981 AUSAUS Taicang (CHN) 05 MAY 2018
4:12:44 Alina TSVILIY 18 SEP 1994 UKRUKR Berlin (GER) 07 AUG 2018
4:12:56 Paola Viviana PÉREZ 21 DEC 1989 ECUECU Taicang (CHN) 05 MAY 2018
4:13:04 Júlia TAKÁCS 29 JUN 1989 ESPESP Burjassot (ESP) 25 FEB 2018
4:13:28 Faying MA 30 AUG 1993 CHNCHN Taicang (CHN) 05 MAY 2018
4:14:25 Mária CZAKOVÁ 02 OCT 1988 SVKSVK Dudince (SVK) 24 MAR 2018
10  4:14:28 Johana ORDÓŇEZ 12 DEC 1987 ECUECU Taicang (CHN) 05 MAY 2018
11  4:14:46 Klavdiya AFANASYEVA 15 JAN 1996 RUSRUS Cheboksary (RUS) 09 JUN 2018
12  4:14:47 Maocuo LI 20 OCT 1992 CHNCHN Taicang (CHN) 05 MAY 2018
13  4:18:00 Anastasiya YATSEVICH 18 JAN 1985 BLRBLR Taicang (CHN) 05 MAY 2018
14  4:18:31 Nadzeya DARAZHUK 23 JAN 1990 BLRBLR Taicang (CHN) 05 MAY 2018
15  4:18:56 Ainhoa PINEDO 17 FEB 1983 ESPESP Burjassot (ESP) 25 FEB 2018
16  4:19:04 Magaly BONILLA 08 FEB 1992 ECUECU Taicang (CHN) 05 MAY 2018
17  4:20:46 Khrystyna YUDKINA 04 DEC 1984 UKRUKR Berlin (GER) 07 AUG 2018
18  4:22:36 Aleksandra BUSHKOVA 13 JAN 1997 RUSRUS Cheboksary (RUS) 09 JUN 2018
19  4:23:15 Vasylyna VІTOVSHCHYK 30 APR 1990 UKRUKR Berlin (GER) 07 AUG 2018
20  4:27:13 Olga SHARGINA 24 JUL 1996 RUSRUS Cheboksary (RUS) 09 JUN 2018
21  4:28:30 Mayra PÉREZ 20 DEC 1988 GUAGUA Taicang (CHN) 05 MAY 2018
22  4:28:58 Maria JUAREZ GALLARDO 27 SEP 1993 ESPESP Berlin (GER) 07 AUG 2018
23  4:30:43 Dušica TOPIĆ 11 JAN 1982 SRBSRB Berlin (GER) 07 AUG 2018
24  4:31:41 Mariavittoria BECCHETTI 12 DEC 1994 ITAITA Berlin (GER) 07 AUG 2018
25  4:31:52 Serena SONODA 10 SEP 1996 JPNJPN Wajima (JPN) 15 APR 2018
26  4:32:43 Tiia KUIKKA 30 NOV 1994 FINFIN Taicang (CHN) 05 MAY 2018
27  4:32:47 Agnieszka ELLWARD 26 MAR 1989 POLPOL Dudince (SVK) 24 MAR 2018
28  4:32:53 Erika Jazmine MORALES 12 OCT 1986 MEXMEX Monterrey (MEX) 25 FEB 2018
29  4:35:39 Ivana RENIĆ 21 AUG 1996 CROCRO Berlin (GER) 07 AUG 2018
30  4:37:43 Maria LARIOS LÓPEZ 29 OCT 1992 ESPESP Taicang (CHN) 05 MAY 2018
30  4:37:43 Lyudmyla SHELEST 04 OCT 1974 UKRUKR Taicang (CHN) 05 MAY 2018

 

 

 

Hartwig Gauder, Maurizio Damilano, Peter Frenkel and ex Coach Hans Joachim Pathus in Berlin 2018

 

 



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