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15. 2. 2016

Famous race walkers talking about Poděbrady

We searched in the archives, asked active race walkers and are bringing feedback from elite athletes, including Olympic champions, world and European champions and even world record holders.

Raúl Gonzáles (*29 February 1952, Mexico) Holder of a gold and silver medal from Olympic Games; he made a world record 3:41:20 in 1978 race walking from Prague to Poděbrady (50 km). He held the continental record for 35 years (until March 2013).
"It was a tough track, but extremely interesting. The track ran through the terrain, villages, people, so the race was not as dull and tedious as other tracks on stadiums or circuit. I would also like to thank for the warm welcome."

Winners of the 18th World Cup, Poděbrady 19 and 20 April 1997

Irina Stankina – 10 km (*25 March 1977, Russia), World Champion, 2 gold medals at the Junior World Championship and a holder of the world record in this category
"After disqualification in Atlanta (1996 Olympics), me and my coach paid more attention to technique, and it has paid off. I was a little nervous and started cautiously. The finish came to my liking."

Jefferson Pérez – 20 km (*1 July 1974, Ecuador), Olympic Champion, three-time World Champion
"I am happy I could confirm my Olympic triumph here. I am also pleased with my new personal record. But on the other hand, I regret to be attending the races on my own. We do not yet have other race walkers who are successful internationally."

Anežka Drahotová (*22 June 1995, Czech Republic) Junior World and European Champion, bronze medal at the European Championship, silver medal at the U22 European Championship, one-time winner of Poděbrady race
"I really like racing at home in Poděbrady. I was here as a spectator when I was younger, and now I compete with some of those I had then been admiring. I made my first national team start here and I was really happy when I won here two years ago. After repair of the roads the track is fast, but mainly there's a great, homey atmosphere. A lot of people come here, friends and others, and everyone cheers. I like the town and I also have my favourite café I go to the day before the race. Poděbrady is simply a pleasant fixed point in my calendar.

Matej Tóth (*10 October 1983, Slovakia) World Champion, European Vice-Champion, five-time winner of Poděbrady race
"It's a matter of the heart. Nowhere else can I race walk as well as in Poděbrady. In addition, I have made four personal records here. It was my first senior race and winning right away, plus an excellent performance – at the age of just twenty I raced 1:23:17. My dad joined me every year, it's his annual tradition. In Poděbrady I got to love race walking. As a fourteen-

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