Andrés Olivas was the best placed Latin American in the competition in place No. 11, Noel Chama was No. 38 and Jesús Tadeo Vega was No. 42
Massimo stano, with a history forged in secondary podiums in World and European Cups, returned to Italy the Olympic title of 20 kilometers of walking by imposing itself on the Japanese in Sapporo Koki Ikeda Y Toshikazu Yamanishi, which he defeated in the last two kilometers in the Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020.
Stano won with a mark of 1 hour 21 minutes and 5 seconds, followed by Ikeda (1.21: 14), Yamanishi (1.21.28) and the European champion, Álvaro Martín (1.21: 46), who led the great Spanish performance together with the continental runner-up, Diego García Carrera, sixth with 1.21: 57.
The Mexican Andres Olivas, eleventh with 1.22: 46, he was the best Latin American, just ahead of the Ecuadorian Brian Pintado, the Brazilian Caio Bonfim and the Colombian Manuel Soto.
Seventeen years after the triumph of Ivano Brugnetti in Athens 2004, the Olympic crown of the short march returned to Italy.
The men’s 20 km event inaugurated the Sapporo venue, a somewhat less hot scene, but as humid or more than Tokyo, for the walk and the marathon.
At the time of departure, the thermometer read 31 degrees and the humidity was 63 percent in Odori Park, the scene of the one-kilometer circuit.
The Japanese team started with well-founded hopes of winning their first title, without ruling out other medals and even a treble with Tashikazu Yamanishi (world champion, undefeated in two years, personal best of 1.17: 15), Koki Ikeda and Eiki Takahashi
Yamanishi it’s down five times from 1.18, more than any other. And he assumed his stripes. He passed in front for the second km in 8:29, with the Colombian Eider Arévalo and the Spaniards Álvaro Martín and Miguel Ángel López at his side.
But China, who did a double in Rio and have won the last two titles (although neither of their champions were here), took the floor in the fourth km through Kaihua Wang, third on the all-time list with 1.16: 54 , who advanced a few meters next to the Indian Sandeep Kumar.
YamanishiWith short, quick steps, he broke the group as he pulled to hunt down the escapees. Only a dozen stayed with him, including the Colombians Eider Arévalo and Manuel Soto, Martín and García Carrera and the Peruvian César Rodríguez.
Persistence of Yamanishi was making a dent in the persecuting group. Wang went through the 10 km in 40:55 with 10 seconds over Yamanishi and his partner Ikeda, Arevalo, Stano, Olivas, García Carrera and Martín.
At km 12 Wang was hit by the pursuing group, consisting of 2 Japanese, 2 Spanish, 2 Chinese, Stano and Russian Vasiliy Mizinov, world runner-up in Doha 2019, who shortly after was penalized with two minutes in the pits.
From 13 Yamanishi he retired from his head, leaving the responsibility to Stano, Martín -european holder- and García Carrera.
The Spanish school, with the European champion and runner-up, needed to erase the bad image it left two years ago at the Doha World Cup. “You have to raise your head, in Tokyo You have to mess it up, “was Álvaro’s comment after the failure of Doha, where he finished in 21st place.
Stano changed in 17, lined them up and shortly after Yamanishi gave a sharp jerk that took the Spanish and Chinese off the hook. Stano he was the only one who accepted the challenge of the Japanese. He even attacked them and took down Yamanishi in the 18 to stake the crown with Ikeda on the last lap.
His sustained attack, with a much wider stride than that of Ikeda, ended up beating the Japanese.
He too Mexican Noel Chama stayed in the position N ° 38 with a time of 1.28: 23 while Jesus Tadeo Vega was the N ° 42 of the test with 1.30: 37.