Beautiful weather and great emotions accompanied Sunday’s Korzeniowski Warsaw Race Walking Cup. At PGE National Stadium fans also had the opportunity to see the Flame of Peace, which will soon be lit during the Kraków-Małopolska 2023 European Games!
The prestigious competition organized by the four-time olympic champion from Atlanta, Sydney and Athens was once again a great success. The day began with a symbolic March for Ukraine at a distance of 1 km, which was attended by both fans and many invited guests. In a gesture of solidarity and support for our eastern neighbors, everyone marched a lap around the stadium, proving that even in such a difficult situation, unity and mutual respect are extremely important.
In Warsaw fans could also see the extraordinary event of handing over the Flame of Peace, which on June 21 will be one of the most important elements of the opening ceremony of the Kraków-Małopolska 2023 European Games. About seven thousand athletes are expected to take part in the biggest sports event of the year in Europe, who in 29 disciplines will fight not only for valuable medals, but also – in most of them – for qualification for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. The great sports feast will last until July 2, and fans can already prepare for great emotions.
During the second edition of the Korzeniowski Warsaw Race Walking Cup, the best Polish young walkers in several age categories (from U10 to U20), had the opportunity to compete at distances from 1 to 10 km. At the end of this part of the day, competitors in the Masters category (35+) stood at the starting line in the 10 km competition.
The beautiful weather also encouraged amateur walkers, who had the opportunity to participate in the Walking & Nordic Walking Lovers’ 5 km walk. Many walking enthusiasts, not only from Warsaw, took part.
The highlight of the Sunday event was the Race Walking World Tour Gold at a distance of 20 km. The competition, which is part of the prestigious World Athletics Race Walking Tour 2023 series, featured the world’s top walkers. Among women, the triumphant winner was Peruvian Kimberly Garcia Leon, who fought a fierce battle with Erica de Sena from Brazil. In the end, the victory was determined by the excellent finish of the first competitor, who with a time of 1:32:16 beat her rival by just three seconds. Third at the finish line was Saska Feige from Germany (1:33:25).
Among the men, the best was Brazilian Caio Bonfim (1:19:42), who was fifteen seconds better than Ecuadorian Daniel Brian Pintado (1:19:57). The lowest step of the podium was taken by Isaac Palma from Mexico (1:22:47).
Polish championship medals were also handed out during the Warsaw event. The title in women’s category was won by Olga Chojecka, who overtook Anna Zdzieblo and Kinga Walerianczyk. The best among men was Lukasz Niedzialek. The silver and bronze medals went to Maher Ben Hlima and Artur Brzozowski.