The 89th Spanish Race Walking Championship was held in Torrevieja last Sunday, February 16. This competition consists of five races and five different categories, being the 50-kilometres race qualifying for the European Championship to be held in Minsk, as well as for the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020.
Iván Pajuelo and Mar Juárez were the winners of this competition. They will be the last champions of Spain of the 50-kilometer race, since in 2021 the longest distance will be 35 kilometres to adapt it to the official World Athletics program.
As a result of the race, Jesús Ángel García Bragado is shortlisted for the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020. In addition, Bragado, Marc Tur, Júlia Takács and Mar Juárez are already shortlisted for the Minsk European Championship.
The fight for the title in the men’s 50-kilometres race category was decided to sprint. Pajuelo passed Álvaro Martín and third place on the podium went to Manuel Bermúdez, followed by Mario Viñas and the local idol, Luis Manuel Corchete. The regional record-holder of Torrevieja was one of the favourites.
The competition was attended by 500 athletes and about 1,500 people visited the city over the past weekend. In fact, many of the main hotel accommodations were complete last Sunday.
This championship has been organised by the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation (RFEA), the Department of Sports of the City Council of Torrevieja and the Athletics Club of the city. It is the second time that Torrevieja hosts the Spanish Race Walking Championship, after its celebration in 1999.
The 2 kilometres approved circuit ran through the streets María Parodi, Ramón Gallud and Paseo de la Libertad. The organisation installed two screens along the route to facilitate the monitoring of the race to all attendees. In addition, a live streaming broadcast was also offered to all those who wanted to follow the event online.