14/09/2020   Albi (FRA): Gabriel Bordier and Eloise Terrec win the French 10km Championships




Albi (FRA) about 600km south of Paris hosted the 10km French National Championships for the Elite category on Sunday morning.
As for some years the competition that is included in the Elite National Championships on track has taken place, as regards the two walking races it takes place on the road.
For the friends of France this was the first national competition of 2020.
10km road walk men
It was the first of the two scheduled races and the start was given at 9.00 (to be exact at 8:58)
Thirty-two athletes at the start, an incredible number despite the restrictions for Covid-19 who competed on a straight and 500m long go & back circuit for a total of 20 laps.
The temperature was very good even if during the men's competition the heat gradually increased.
The favorite was Gabriel Bordier (FRA), but it was also very interesting the battle with the young star David Kuster who at the beginning of the season had struck a series of victories in the meetings, but especially on 19.7.2020 at the Swiss Championships over 10.000m track walk in Montreux (SUI) had stopped the clock in 40:10.0h which represents the athlete's personal best.
Bordier and Kuster walked shoulder to shoulder for the first 4km. Then Bordier forced his pace and passed to 5km in 19:52. He was never reached thanks to the fact that in the second part of the race he walked with a negative split (19:24).
He finished victorious in 39:17 which is his new personal best (previous of 39:53 obtained in St-Etienne, FRA on 28.7.2019.
David Kuster instead ran into the jury's decisions towards 9km. The third red card cost him a 1:00 stop in the Penalty Area. Returned to walk he finished the race in 42:01
Third place went to Dimitri Durand in 42:26
In addition to Bordier, 15 other personal bests were obtained among the 32 participating athletes.




10km road walk women
In the women's race, Clemente Beretta (FRA) immediately took the lead and impozsed the pace for the first 2km before being joined by Emilie Menuet and then Eloise Terrec.
The three walked together for about 4km when Eloise Terrec then forced the pace and led the race.
With a respectable performance, Eloise Terrec made her the title of French Champion in 45:35 which, in addition to representing the new personal best (previous of 48:09 obtained in Balma, FRA on 27.10.2019), places her among the first 10 of the world distance season.
Second place to Emilie Menuet in 46:55
Third place to Camille Moutard who signs the best U20 seasonal performance in France in 47:28 just 2” from the French U20 record set by Emilie Menuet in Podebrady on 10.4.2010.
Clemente Beretta, the initial leader, was instead disqualified.
In addition to the two mentioned, Eloise Terrec and Camille Moutard, 11 other athletes obtained the personal best out of the 34 who participated in the race.
(We thank Jean Pierre Dahm, FRA for the collaboration)