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Fortunato and Jiayu Yang, kings of the march on the Gran Vía in Madrid

Fortunato and Jiayu Yang, kings of the march on the Gran Vía in Madrid

He The Italian Francesco Fortunato and the Chinese Jiayu Yang, world record holder of 20 kilometers, reigned on the Gran Vía in Madrid, at the II Madrid Marcha International Grand Prix, in which the Ecuadorian David Hurtado and the Mexican Alegna González climbed to the third drawer of the podium over a ten-kilometer route.

lucky, fifth last year at the Munich European 20k, achieved victory by entering the finish line located on the Gran Vía in Madrid alone, where he was received with the applause of the hundreds of fans who came to witness the test.

“I am happy. I didn’t expect to win, although I did expect to be on the podium. This victory gives me strength for what comes this year because it was very difficult to win in Madrid due to the level of the participants”, said Fortunato, at the end of the race, after stopping the clock in 38.56.

Behind the Italian walker, 28 years old, the Brazilian Caio Bonfim entered the finish line (39.03), twice Olympian and sixth in the World Cup in Eugene (United States) in 2022.

The third drawer of the podium was occupied by the Ecuadorian David Hurtado (39.06), eleventh in the 2022 Eugene World Cup over 20k and who already has the minimum mark for the 2024 Paris Games, which overtook the Italian Massimo Stano, 20 km Olympic champion, at the finish line.

He Spaniard Paul McGrath, fifth with 39.09, achieved the best Spanish mark in history in the sub-23 category, surpassing the previous best record, 39.27, of Valentín Massana in 1992.

“Seeing the Gran Vía overturned with the march, which is going through a delicate moment, is very beautiful. The public attendance has been high and that is the best promotion,” said the walker Diego García Carrera, organizer of the test, which ended ninth, one position better than the Swede Perseus Karlstrom, European 20k runner-up.

In female category, the winner was the great favorite, the Chinese Jiayu Yang, with a time of 43.20, followed by her compatriot Quanming Wu (43.33) and the Mexican Alegna González (43.35), who arrived in Madrid after a prestigious victory in Dudince (Slovakia) a month ago, improving his mark to 1h28:09.

The best Spanish was Antía Chamosaninth with 44.49, and Raquel Gonzalez, 35K silver medalist at the European Championship in Munich, twelfth with 45.00.

This year’s route was identical to that of the first edition, entirely along the Gran Vía in Madrid, between the intersection with San Bernardo and Fuencarral with Montera and the ascent towards Callao, where the finish line was.

The Madrid test, scoring for the world ranking of 20 kilometers, It is part of the gold category of the World Athletics walking circuit.

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