07/10/2019   Tilburg (NED): Stefano Chiesa wins 50km in 3:48:50


Today the Dutch race walking championships have been held in Tilburg (NED) which are also combined with those of Belgium and Denmark.
The 50km and 20km races are as always open.
50km men
Excellent result for Stefano Chiesa (ITA) who took first place in 3:48:25
These are his split times that present some dubious marks due to the imbalances between the individual 5km fractions:

- 5km: 22:23

- 10km: 46:31 (22:08)

- 15km: 1:09:36 (23:05)

- 20km: 1:32:30 (22:54)

- 25km: 1:55:52 (23:22)

- 30km: 2:17:46 (21:54)

- 35km: 2:40:10 (22:24)

- 40km: 3:09:45 (29:35 ??!!)

- 45km: 3:32:17 (22:32)
- 50km: 3:48:25 (16:08 ??!!)

- 10km: 46:31
In the lead was Karl Junghannss (GER) in 44:39 followed by Aleksi Ojala (FIN) and Damian Blocki (POL) in 45:19
Karl Junghannss (GER) took the lead, with at least ten meters on his first pursuer, Aleksi Ojala (FIN). On the second lap, Ojala and Damian Blocki (POL) managed to get close to the young German.
The initial rhythm tells us that Junghannß was determined to regain a place in the German 50Km team, which he represented last year in Taicang and Berlin, but not this year in Doha.
Thirty meters behind were Stefano Chiesa (ITA) and Dominic King (GBR).
As Junghannss, Chiesa is trying to be part of its national team.
Dominic King was eager to leave behind the disappointment of a week earlier in Doha, where he had been eliminated from the race before the goal halfway.
Another 30 meters further back were two 36-year-old children, Dominic's twin brother, Daniel King (GBR) and two-time 50K Olympic champion Marius Cocioran (ROM).
At the one-hour mark, Junghannß led from Blocki and Ojala by just about a minute. Chiesa was two minutes back, Dominic King three minutes and Cocioran some 3 minutes 47 seconds behind the race leader.
A few minutes later, however, Blocki came in for a long pit stop, dropping him behind Dominic King. The Pole was soon reducing the gap to King but another stop dropped him behind Cocioran. Before long, Blocki ended his day on the circuit.


- 20km: 1:32:30 (45:59)
Still ahead of the race was Karl Junghannss (GER) in 1:29:18 followed by Aleksi Ojala (FIN) in 1:30:55
- 30km: 2:17:46 (47:40)
Leading the race was Aleksi Ojala (FIN) in 2:16:45, followed by Stefano Chiesa (ITA).
Karl Junghannss (GER) decided to stop after 2 hours.
His exit promoted Ojala to the lead, with Cocioran in second and Dominic King in third. Ojala was in foul trouble, however, having been shown two red cards up to that point.
- 40km: 3:02:49 (45:03)
Shortly after the 30km Stefano Chiesa (ITA) takes the lead in the race and will not be taken up again.
At 40 km, Marius Lulian Cocioran (ROM) passes in second position, while in third position they are paired with Aleksi Ojala (FIN) and Dominik King (GBR).



- last 10km
Stefano Chiesa, later passing to 45km in 3:25:23 with a split between 40km and 45km of 22:34 and ending in 3:48:25 after having covered the last 5km in 23:02.
Today's performance is of considerable value on a distance that Stefano Chiesa had carried out twice so far, without being able to do better than 4:11:07 in the World Race Walk Team Championships in Taicang 2018. Chiesa today, in Tilburg he made in the NED, BEL and DAN national championships, also a result that puts him in a different dimension with an improvement of his personal best of 12:42
Second place to Aleksi Ojala (FIN) in 3:53:23
Third place to Marius Lulian Cocioran (ROM) in 4:02:46